Prince William and Kate Middleton are mourning the death of a "brave" husband and father that was killed on his "dangerous" job as a ranger.
Taking to Twitter, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge paid tribute to Anton Mzimba, a South African ranger who was killed in efforts to conserve wildlife.
A thread posted to social media commemorating Mzimba's work was signed off by a statement from Prince William, who called the death "devastating news".
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The series of tweets included that Mzimba had been "potentially assassinated" in his home and that his wife was "severely injured", which the KensingtonRoyal account profiled as an example of how dangerous the ranger's line of work is.
Taking to social media, the royals tweeted: "Last week, Anton Mzimba, a ranger in South Africa, was killed.
"Rangers like Anton are on the frontline of conservation, protecting people as well as wildlife. Among many roles, they are teachers, carers and researchers, looking out for a natural world that can't defend itself.
"This is dangerous work. More than 1000 rangers have been killed in the last ten years, and they need our support more than ever."
William and Kate's official Twitter account also praised the organisation Tusk, which they say has "increased protection for more than 70 million hectares of land and 40 threatened species."
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With the organisation launching a Wildlife Ranger Challenge to generate further support for the dangerous job and those working in the field, the Cambridge family learnt of Anton's death.
They added: "On the day the challenge was launched, we learnt that Anton was potentially assassinated in his home and his wife severely injured."
A statement at the end of the thread signed off by the Duke of Cambridge read: "The devastating news about Anton, who exemplified courage and commitment, illustrates the threat rangers face every day.
"And it reminds us of the human cost as Anton's family mourn the loss of a husband and a father. A ranger's job is crucial, but can be dangerous as they are regularly confronted by organised crime."
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