Prince William teams up with Angry Birds for charity

17/11/14

Prince William playing Angry Birds on an iPad

The Duke of Cambridge has joined forces with Angry Birds to raise awareness of endangered species.

Angry Birds have launched "Roll with the Pangolins" - a week-long tournament to highlight animals being threatened by poaching.

It's part of the work United for Wildlife does around the world to try to stop critically endangered species from becoming extinct.

Organisers hope it will get more young people involved in the cause.

A pangolin
Image caption The Pangolin is sometimes known as a scaly ant-eater and is one of the world's most critically endangered animals

Prince William recorded a video message supporting the campaign.

He said: "By spreading the message about poaching, I hope you can be part of a movement that says no to poached ivory and rhino horn, and many other animal parts.

    • 96 elephants are killed every day
    • Only 3,200 tigers left in the wild
    • 1 million pangolins snatched from the wild in past 10 years

"The Pangolin runs the risk of becoming extinct before most people have even heard of them.

"With the help of Angry Birds, we have created an Angry Birds Friends tournament for the Pangolins, so you can have some fun while learning more about them and the wider issue of poaching."

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