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6 pics of the royal couple on safari in India

2016-04-13 09:09
 

India — Will and Kate had arrived on Tuesday evening at the 12-cottage jungle resort where they stayed, and were entertained by a presentation of traditional Bihu dance. The Assamese New Year of Bihu began on Wednesday, a time of song, dance and merry-making among most of the state's 31 million people.

The prince tried to play a traditional bamboo jaw harp, a vibrating reed instrument, between his lips. "I need some more practice," he told the group of musicians.

After a night of traditional music and dance, The Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge, headed out in a jeep on Wednesday morning into the wilds of remote northeast India for a wildlife safari to see rhinos, elephants and more.

Dressed in cotton casuals and wearing local Assamese hand-woven gamochas, or scarves, around their necks, the British royal couple looked relaxed as they sat in the back of the open jeep driving through the park during the hot and humid morning, local resident Ranjit Rajak said.

Prince William and his wife, the former Kate Middleton, are visiting the Kaziranga National Park in hopes of drawing attention to the plight of endangered animals, including the park's 2 200-population of a rare, one-horned rhinos.

The animals are under threat from wildlife poachers and habitat loss. Already this year, six rhinos have been killed for their horns, after 20 were poached in 2015.

The royal couple were joined by a park official acting as a guide on a tour across dirt tracks, tall grasslands and thick evergreen forest.

They were eventually to meet a 12-member group of forest rangers and wildlife wardens at an anti-poaching camp inside the 480-square-kilometer (185-square-mile) reserve, which is also home to other endangered species including swamp deer and the Hoolock gibbon.

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