To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II to the throne, Prince William and Kate Middleton will embark on a nine-day tour through Singapore, Malaysia, the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu in September. 

 

[skipwords]One of their stops will include the state of Sabah on the island of Borneo. The area is home to six national parks and the world's oldest rain forest. At an estimated 130 million years old, it features more than 15,000 species of flowering plants, 3,000 species of trees, 221 species of mammals and 420 species of birds. [/skipwords]

 

The region also has some of the rarest animals on Earth, including the endangered Bornean orangutan, Asian elephant, Bornean clouded leopard and the Sumantran rhinoceros. 

 

William, a patron of conservation charity Tusk Trust, last month called for action to stop the worldwide illegal trade in rhino horns. 

 

"There's a massive need for education on poaching ... rhinos are very vulnerable animals and I think a lot of people don't realise what happens and how rhino horn, or ivory, ends up in a particular area," he said.

 

"I think [we need to] make people aware of how delicate and fragile these animals are, and how much damage we are doing to them and to the wildlife and natural ecosystem around them just by our neglect and ignorance."

 

William and Kate's tour will run from Sept. 11 to Sept. 19. 

 

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