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Prince William meets elephants on final day of China tour
Prince William came face-to face with an elephant named Ran Ran Wednesday as his tour of China came to an end.He used his visit to an elephant sanctuary to condemn the illegal wildlife trade, but not before getting to know his new friend.As the pair bonded, the Duke of Cambridge fed carrots to the 13-year-old female elephant who was found in 2005 with a leg wound caused by an iron clamp trap.
Britain's Prince William (L) visits a local villager's home in Xishuangbanna, or Sibsongbanna Dai autonomous prefecture, southwest China's Yunnan province on March 4, 2015. The Duke of Cambridge is in China on a four-day visit, the highest-profile visit by a member of the British royal family for 30 years. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
XISHUANGBANNA, CHINA - MARCH 04: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge meets locals as he visits Mengman village on March 4, 2015 in Xishuangbanna, China. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge is on a four day visit to China, he is the most senior royal to visit China since the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in 1986. His visit follows on from a successful four day visit to Japan. (Photo by Arthur Edward - Pool/Getty Images)
XISHUANGBANNA, CHINA - MARCH 04: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge meets locals as he visits Mengman village on March 4, 2015 in Xishuangbanna, China. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge is on a four day visit to China, he is the most senior royal to visit China since the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in 1986. His visit follows on from a successful four day visit to Japan. (Photo by Arthur Edward - Pool/Getty Images)
XISHUANGBANNA, CHINA - MARCH 04: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge talks to a group of students after his speech about the illegal wildlife trade, at the Botanical Gardens on March 4, 2015 in Xishuangbanna, China. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge is on a four day visit to China. He is the most senior royal to visit China since the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in 1986. His visit follows on from a successful four day visit to Japan. (Photo by John Stillwell - Pool/Getty Images)
XISHUANGBANNA, CHINA - MARCH 04: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge delivers a speech about the illegal wildlife trade, at the Botanical Gardens on March 4, 2015 in Xishuangbanna, China. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge is on a four day visit to China. He is the most senior royal to visit China since the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in 1986. His visit follows on from a successful four day visit to Japan. (Photo by John Stillwell - Pool/Getty Images)
XISHUANGBANNA, CHINA - MARCH 04: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge tries some sticky rice wrapped in banana leaves as he visits Mengman village on March 4, 2015 in Xishuangbanna, China. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge is on a four day visit to China. He is the most senior royal to visit China since the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in 1986. His visit follows on from a successful four day visit to Japan. (Photo by Tim Rooke - Pool/Getty Images)
XISHUANGBANNA, CHINA - MARCH 04: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge visits Mengman village where he met village headman Ai Bian and was served with some local tea and sticky rice wrapped in banana leaves on March 4, 2015 in Xishuangbanna, China. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge is on a four day visit to China. He is the most senior royal to visit China since the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in 1986. His visit follows on from a successful four day visit to Japan. (Photo by Tim Rooke - Pool/Getty Images)
XISHUANGBANNA, CHINA - MARCH 04: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge smells some local tea as he visits Mengman village on March 4, 2015 in Xishuangbanna, China. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge is on a four day visit to China. He is the most senior royal to visit China since the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in 1986. His visit follows on from a successful four day visit to Japan. (Photo by Tim Rooke - Pool/Getty Images)
XISHUANGBANNA, CHINA - MARCH 04: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge meets a rescued elephant called 'Ran Ran' at the Xishuangbanna Elephant Sanctuary on March 4, 2015 in Xishuangbanna, China. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge is on a four day visit to China. He is the most senior royal to visit China since the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in 1986. His visit follows on from a successful four day visit to Japan (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
XISHUANGBANNA, CHINA - MARCH 04: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge meets a rescued elephant called 'Ran Ran' at the Xishuangbanna Elephant Sanctuary on March 4, 2015 in Xishuangbanna, China. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge is on a four day visit to China. He is the most senior royal to visit China since the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in 1986. His visit follows on from a successful four day visit to Japan (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
XISHUANGBANNA, CHINA - MARCH 04: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge meets a rescued elephant called 'Ran Ran' at the Xishuangbanna Elephant Sanctuary on March 4, 2015 in Xishuangbanna, China. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge is on a four day visit to China. He is the most senior royal to visit China since the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in 1986. His visit follows on from a successful four day visit to Japan (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
XISHUANGBANNA, CHINA - MARCH 04: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge meets a rescued elephant called 'Ran Ran' at the Xishuangbanna Elephant Sanctuary on March 4, 2015 in Xishuangbanna, China. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge is on a four day visit to China. He is the most senior royal to visit China since the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in 1986. His visit follows on from a successful four day visit to Japan (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
XISHUANGBANNA, CHINA - MARCH 04: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge meets a rescued elephant called 'Ran Ran' at the Xishuangbanna Elephant Sanctuary on March 4, 2015 in Xishuangbanna, China. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge is on a four day visit to China. He is the most senior royal to visit China since the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in 1986. His visit follows on from a successful four day visit to Japan (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
XISHUANGBANNA, CHINA - MARCH 04: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge meets a rescued elephant called 'Ran Ran' at the Xishuangbanna Elephant Sanctuary on March 4, 2015 in Xishuangbanna, China. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge is on a four day visit to China. He is the most senior royal to visit China since the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in 1986. His visit follows on from a successful four day visit to Japan (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - MARCH 03: Prince William, Duke Of Cambridge looks at George the Penguin Cam used in the BBC hit TV series 'Spy in the Huddle' during his visit to the GREAT British Festival of Creativity on March 3, 2015 in Shanghai, China. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge is on a four day visit to China. He is the most senior royal to visit China since the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in 1986. His visit follows on from a successful four day visit to Japan (Photo by Arthur Edwards - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - MARCH 03: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge admires the David Bailey Portrait of the Queen as he visits the GREAT British Festival of Creativity on March 3, 2015 in Shanghai, China. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge is on a four day visit to China. He is the most senior royal to visit China since the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in 1986. His visit follows on from a successful four day visit to Japan (Photo by Arthur Edwards - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - MARCH 03: Prince William, Duke Of Cambridge meets Sophie Morgan who is a Paraplegic and is waling in a Rex Robot during the GREAT British Festival of Creativity on March 3, 2015 in Shanghai, China. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge is on a four day visit to China. He is the most senior royal to visit China since the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in 1986. His visit follows on from a successful four day visit to Japan (Photo by Arthur Edwards - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - MARCH 03: Prince William, Duke Of Cambridge rides a Brompton Bicycle during his visit to the GREAT British Festival of Creativity on March 3, 2015 in Shanghai, China. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge is on a four day visit to China. He is the most senior royal to visit China since the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in 1986. His visit follows on from a successful four day visit to Japan (Photo by Arthur Edwards - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William poses next to a person wearing a Paddington bear costume prior to the screening of the Paddington movie in Shanghai on March 3, 2015. The Duke of Cambridge is in China on a four-day visit, the highest-profile visit by a member of the royal family for 30 years. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)
Apparently, Paddington Bear and Prince William make a pretty adorable pair. The 32-year-old royal is currently in China to promote British commerce, and while there, he visited schoolchildren in Shanghai, where he spoke to the youngsters about soccer—and even showed off his skills!—before later attending the premiere of Paddington and meeting the famous bear.
SHANGHAI, CHINA - MARCH 03: (CHINA MAINLAND OUT)Prince William visits Shanghai Nanyang Middle School football training on 03 March, 2015 in Shanghai, China.(Photo by TPG/Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - MARCH 03: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge smiles as he attends a Premier Skills Football Event on March 3, 2015 in Shanghai, China. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge is on a four day visit to China. He is the most senior royal to visit China since the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in 1986. His visit follows on from a successful four day visit to Japan (Photo by Tim Rooke - Pool/Getty Images)
The Duke of Cambridge Prince William watched a soccer training session at a secondary school in Shanghai on Tuesday (March 3) as part of his three-day visit to China. William arrived at Shanghai Nanyang High School in the morning and watched the training session conducted by students and Premier League-trained coaches. The Prince spoke to the students and coaches on the side of the football pitch and posed for photos with them at the end of the training session.
SHANGHAI, CHINA - MARCH 03: (CHINA MAINLAND OUT)Prince William visits Shanghai Nanyang Middle School football training on 03 March, 2015 in Shanghai, China.(Photo by TPG/Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - MARCH 03: (CHINA MAINLAND OUT)Prince William visits Shanghai Nanyang Middle School football training on 03 March, 2015 in Shanghai, China.(Photo by TPG/Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - MARCH 03: (CHINA MAINLAND OUT)Prince William visits Shanghai Nanyang Middle School football training on 03 March, 2015 in Shanghai, China.(Photo by TPG/Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - MARCH 03: (CHINA OUT) Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, attends a football activity at Nanyang High School on March 3, 2015 in Shanghai, China. The Duke of Cambridge is on a three-day visit to China. He is the first senior British royal to visit China since the Queen and Prince Philip visited China in 1986. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - MARCH 03: (CHINA MAINLAND OUT)Prince William visits Shanghai Nanyang Middle School football training on 03 March, 2015 in Shanghai, China.(Photo by TPG/Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - MARCH 03: (CHINA OUT) Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, attends a football activity at Nanyang High School on March 3, 2015 in Shanghai, China. The Duke of Cambridge is on a three-day visit to China. He is the first senior British royal to visit China since the Queen and Prince Philip visited China in 1986. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - MARCH 03: (CHINA OUT) Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, attends a football activity at Nanyang High School on March 3, 2015 in Shanghai, China. The Duke of Cambridge is on a three-day visit to China. He is the first senior British royal to visit China since the Queen and Prince Philip visited China in 1986. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - MARCH 03: (CHINA OUT) Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, attends a football activity at Nanyang High School on March 3, 2015 in Shanghai, China. The Duke of Cambridge is on a three-day visit to China. He is the first senior British royal to visit China since the Queen and Prince Philip visited China in 1986. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - MARCH 03: (CHINA OUT) Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, attends a football activity at Nanyang High School on March 3, 2015 in Shanghai, China. The Duke of Cambridge is on a three-day visit to China. He is the first senior British royal to visit China since the Queen and Prince Philip visited China in 1986. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - MARCH 03: (CHINA OUT) Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, attends a football activity at Nanyang High School on March 3, 2015 in Shanghai, China. The Duke of Cambridge is on a three-day visit to China. He is the first senior British royal to visit China since the Queen and Prince Philip visited China in 1986. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - MARCH 03: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge smiles as he attends a Premier Skills Football Event on March 3, 2015 in Shanghai, China. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge is on a four day visit to China. He is the most senior royal to visit China since the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in 1986. His visit follows on from a successful four day visit to Japan (Photo by Tim Rooke - Pool/Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - MARCH 03: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge kicks a ball as he attends a Premier Skills Football Event on March 3, 2015 in Shanghai, China. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge is on a four day visit to China. He is the most senior royal to visit China since the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in 1986. His visit follows on from a successful four day visit to Japan (Photo by Tim Rooke - Pool/Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - MARCH 03: (CHINA OUT) Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, attends a football activity at Nanyang High School on March 3, 2015 in Shanghai, China. The Duke of Cambridge is on a three-day visit to China. He is the first senior British royal to visit China since the Queen and Prince Philip visited China in 1986. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - MARCH 03: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge smiles as he attends a Premier Skills Football Event on March 3, 2015 in Shanghai, China. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge is on a four day visit to China. He is the most senior royal to visit China since the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in 1986. His visit follows on from a successful four day visit to Japan (Photo by Tim Rooke - Pool/Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - MARCH 03: (CHINA OUT) Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, attends a football activity at Nanyang High School on March 3, 2015 in Shanghai, China. The Duke of Cambridge is on a three-day visit to China. He is the first senior British royal to visit China since the Queen and Prince Philip visited China in 1986. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - MARCH 03: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge kicks a ball as he attends a Premier Skills Football Event on March 3, 2015 in Shanghai, China. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge is on a four day visit to China. He is the most senior royal to visit China since the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in 1986. His visit follows on from a successful four day visit to Japan (Photo by Tim Rooke - Pool/Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - MARCH 03: (CHINA OUT) Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, attends a football activity at Nanyang High School on March 3, 2015 in Shanghai, China. The Duke of Cambridge is on a three-day visit to China. He is the first senior British royal to visit China since the Queen and Prince Philip visited China in 1986. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - MARCH 03: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attends a Premier Skills Football Event on March 3, 2015 in Shanghai, China. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge is on a four day visit to China. He is the most senior royal to visit China since the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in 1986. His visit follows on from a successful four day visit to Japan (Photo by Tim Rooke - Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William waves to students during his visit to a Premier League football training camp in Shanghai on March 3, 2015. The Duke of Cambridge is in China on a four-day visit, the highest-profile visit by a member of the royal family for 30 years. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William (C) walks during his visit to a Premier League football training camp in Shanghai on March 3, 2015. The Duke of Cambridge is in China on a four-day visit, the highest-profile visit by a member of the royal family for 30 years. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William (C, in suit with red tie) poses for a picture with students and officials during his visit to a Premier League football training camp in Shanghai on March 3, 2015. The Duke of Cambridge is in China on a four-day visit, the highest-profile visit by a member of the royal family for 30 years. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)
The Duke of Cambridge is presented with a sleeve badge by Japanese Astronaut Soichi Noguchi before a Saki breaking barrel ritual, at the innovation is GREAT conference at the Mori Academy in the Rappongi Hills centre in Tokyo, during the second day of his trip to Japan.
The Duke of Cambridge is clothed in a Japanese Happi coat before a Saki breaking barrel ritual, at the innovation is GREAT conference at the Mori Academy in the Rappongi Hills centre in Tokyo, during the second day of his trip to Japan.
The Duke of Cambridge with Japanese Astronaut Soichi Noguchi (left) and Andy Palmer (right) CEO of Aston Martin, after they used wooden mallets to break a Saki barrel, at the innovation is GREAT conference at the Mori Academy in the Rappongi Hills centre in Tokyo, during the second day of his trip to Japan.
The Duke of Cambridge shakes hands with Emperor Akihito watched by Empress Michiko, after he arrived for lunch at the couple's residence within the Royal Palace grounds in central Tokyo, during the second day of his trip to Japan.
The Duke of Cambridge is clothed in a Japanese Happi coat before a Saki breaking barrel ritual, at the innovation is GREAT conference at the Mori Academy in the Rappongi Hills centre in Tokyo, during the second day of his trip to Japan.
TOKYO, JAPAN - FEBRUARY 27: Newly-crowned sumo grand champion Harumafuji meets Prince William, Duke of Cambridge at a reception at the British Embassy, given by the Ambassador, where he met high profile Japanese figures including politicians, artists, young leaders, sportsmen and other leaders in their field on February 27, 2015 in Tokyo, Japan. The Duke of Cambridge is visiting Japan from February 26th to March 1st 2015. (Photo by Arthur Edwards - WPA Pool /Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - FEBRUARY 27: Members of the Japans Rugby World Cup Squad meet Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and present him with a shirt for Prince George at a reception at the British Embassy, given by the Ambassador, where he met high profile Japanese figures including politicians, artists, young leaders, sportsmen and other leaders in their field on February 27, 2015 in Tokyo, Japan. The Duke of Cambridge is visiting Japan from February 26th to March 1st 2015. (Photo by Arthur Edwards - WPA Pool /Getty Images)
YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - FEBRUARY 27: (CHINA OUT, SOUTH KOREA OUT) Prince William, Duke of Cambridge walks forward to lay a wreath at the Hodogaya Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in Yokohama to lay a Wreath and pay his respects on February 27, 2015 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. The Duke of Cambridge is visiting Japan from February 26th to March 1st 2015. (Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - FEBRUARY 27: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge walks forward to lay a wreath at the Hodogaya Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in Yokohama to lay a Wreath and pay his respects in Yokohama just outside the capital city of Tokyo on February 27, 2015 in Tokyo, Japan. The Duke of Cambridge is visiting Japan from February 26th to March 1st 2015. (Photo by John Stillwell - WPA Pool /Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - FEBRUARY 27: The message on a wreath Prince William, Duke of Cambridge placed at the Hodogaya Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in Yokohama to lay a Wreath and pay his respects in Yokohama just outside the capital city of Tokyo on February 27, 2015 in Tokyo, Japan. The Duke of Cambridge is visiting Japan from February 26th to March 1st 2015. (Photo by John Stillwell - WPA Pool /Getty Images)
The Duke of Cambridge arrives at the Hodogaya Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in Yokohama to lay a Wreath and pay his respects, just outside the capital city of Tokyo, during the second day of his trip to Japan.
TOKYO, YOKOHAMA - FEBRUARY 27: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge visits Hodogaya Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery on the second day of his visit to Japan on February 26, 2015 in Yokohama, Japan. The Duke of Cambridge is visiting Japan from February 26th to March 1st 2015. (Photo by James Whatling - Pool/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - FEBRUARY 27: Members of the Japans Rugby World Cup Squad meet Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and present him with a shirt for Prince George at a reception at the British Embassy, given by the Ambassador, where he met high profile Japanese figures including politicians, artists, young leaders, sportsmen and other leaders in their field on February 27, 2015 in Tokyo, Japan. The Duke of Cambridge is visiting Japan from February 26th to March 1st 2015. (Photo by Arthur Edwards - WPA Pool /Getty Images)
TOKYO, YOKOHAMA - FEBRUARY 27: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge visits Hodogaya Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery on the second day of his visit to Japan on February 26, 2015 in Yokohama, Japan. The Duke of Cambridge is visiting Japan from February 26th to March 1st 2015. (Photo by James Whatling - Pool/Getty Images)
TOKYO, YOKOHAMA - FEBRUARY 27: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge visits Hodogaya Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery on the second day of his visit to Japan on February 26, 2015 in Yokohama, Japan. The Duke of Cambridge is visiting Japan from February 26th to March 1st 2015. (Photo by James Whatling - Pool/Getty Images)
TOKYO, YOKOHAMA - FEBRUARY 27: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge visits Hodogaya Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery on the second day of his visit to Japan on February 26, 2015 in Yokohama, Japan. The Duke of Cambridge is visiting Japan from February 26th to March 1st 2015. (Photo by James Whatling - Pool/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - FEBRUARY 26: A general view of the location as Prince William, Duke of Cambridge takes part in a traditional tea ceremony in Hama Rikyu Gardens on the first day of his visit to Japan on February 26, 2015 ino Tokyo, Japan. The Duke of Cambridge is visiting Japan from February 26th to March 1st 2015. (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool /Getty Images)
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrived in Japan on Thursday (February 26) and toured Tokyo Bay by boat before heading to his first official events. The prince was accompanied by Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe as he traveled in a cruise boat, passing Tokyo's Rainbow Bridge. Prince William is traveling alone this time, as his wife, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their second baby soon. Their son Prince George is also staying home.
TOKYO, JAPAN - FEBRUARY 26: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge walks over a traditional Japanese bridge in Hama Rikyu Gardens with Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe on the first day of his visit to Japan on February 26, 2015 ino Tokyo, Japan. The Duke of Cambridge is visiting Japan from February 26th to March 1st 2015. (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool /Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - FEBRUARY 26: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge walks over a traditional Japanese bridge in Hama Rikyu Gardens with Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe on the first day of his visit to Japan on February 26, 2015 ino Tokyo, Japan. The Duke of Cambridge is visiting Japan from February 26th to March 1st 2015. (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool /Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - FEBRUARY 26: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge leaves a tea ceremony in Hama Rikyu Gardens with Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe on the first day of his visit to Japan on February 26, 2015 ino Tokyo, Japan. The Duke of Cambridge is visiting Japan from February 26th to March 1st 2015. (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool /Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - FEBRUARY 26: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge takes part in a traditional tea ceremony in Hama Rikyu Gardens on the first day of his visit to Japan on February 26, 2015 ino Tokyo, Japan. The Duke of Cambridge is visiting Japan from February 26th to March 1st 2015. (Photo by Tim Rooke - Pool /Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - FEBRUARY 26: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge takes part in a traditional tea ceremony in Hama Rikyu Gardens on the first day of his visit to Japan on February 26, 2015 ino Tokyo, Japan. The Duke of Cambridge is visiting Japan from February 26th to March 1st 2015. (Photo by Tim Rooke - Pool /Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - FEBRUARY 26: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge takes part in a traditional tea ceremony in Hama Rikyu Gardens on the first day of his visit to Japan on February 26, 2015 ino Tokyo, Japan. The Duke of Cambridge is visiting Japan from February 26th to March 1st 2015. (Photo by Tim Rooke - Pool /Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - FEBRUARY 26: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge takes part in a traditional tea ceremony in Hama Rikyu Gardens on the first day of his visit to Japan on February 26, 2015 ino Tokyo, Japan. The Duke of Cambridge is visiting Japan from February 26th to March 1st 2015. (Photo by Tim Rooke - Pool /Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - FEBRUARY 26: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge takes part in a traditional tea ceremony in Hama Rikyu Gardens on the first day of his visit to Japan on February 26, 2015 ino Tokyo, Japan. The Duke of Cambridge is visiting Japan from February 26th to March 1st 2015. (Photo by Tim Rooke - Pool /Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - FEBRUARY 26: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge takes part in a traditional tea ceremony in Hama Rikyu Gardens on the first day of his visit to Japan on February 26, 2015 ino Tokyo, Japan. The Duke of Cambridge is visiting Japan from February 26th to March 1st 2015. (Photo by Tim Rooke - Pool /Getty Images)
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BEIJING (AP) - Britain's Prince William highlighted his interest in wildlife conservation on the final stop of his China tour Wednesday, feeding baskets of carrots to an elephant in the country's southwest.

The second in line to the British throne visited an elephant sanctuary, where he met Ran Ran, a 13-year-old female elephant who was discovered in 2005 with a leg wound caused by an iron clamp trap. Handed carrots by the animal's keeper, William passed them to Ran Ran, who reached for more with her trunk even while her mouth was crammed full.

The visit to Yunnan province, a tropical region bordering Myanmar and Laos that has been the focus of government efforts to stop poaching and reduce conflicts between people and elephants who eat their crops, was organized for William to learn how Asian elephants are surviving in the wild in China.

There are about 250 wild Asian elephants in China, all in Yunnan, according to the province's forestry administration.

The prince, who is patron and president of British charities that campaign against the illegal trade in ivory, also met villagers in Xishuangbanna prefecture to hear how they are adapting to living in close proximity to wild elephants.

William, who regularly speaks out against wildlife trafficking, was expected to bring up the plight of African elephants, tens of thousands of which have been slaughtered in recent years to meet a surging appetite for ivory in Asia, primarily China.

Last week, China banned ivory imports for one year in the hope that it would help reduce the demand for African tusks and protect wild elephants. There is still no ban on the ivory trade within the country, and conservationists say legal sales provide cover for a thriving black market.

William told President Xi Jinping on Monday that he hopes China can become a world leader in the field of wildlife conservation, according to China's official Xinhua News Agency. During their meeting, Xi explained China's policies and work protecting elephants and other wild animals and told the prince that he hopes to strengthen international cooperation in this field.

William arrived in China on Sunday after a four-day trip to Japan. In Beijing, he met Chinese political leaders as well as young people from disadvantaged backgrounds - another issue close to his heart.

He crossed over into the business world in Shanghai and met entrepreneurs while launching a festival to promote British creativity and innovation.

William was scheduled to fly back to Britain on Wednesday night.


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