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Prince William and Duchess Catherine Visit India's Wildlife Hotspot Kaziranga

KAZIRANGA NATIONAL PARK, India - British royal couple Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, went on a safari in Kaziranga National Park in the northeastern Indian state of Assam on Wednesday, after meeting with anti-poaching staff at an animal rehabilitation center in Tezpur, 83 kilometers from the park.

"The Duke and Duchess spotted rhino, water buffalo, swamp deer and a number of bird species," Kensington Palace said in a tweet, just minutes after noting "Their Royal Highnesses met rangers who are protecting the park's amazing wildlife and habitats".

The biological hotspot on the edge of the Eastern Himalayas is one of the richest areas globally for plant and animal species, ranking sixth in the world for biodiversity and hosting forest cover ecosystems across 35 percent of the park, according to a study by Gauhati University.

The royals' wildlife-viewing excursion of the UNESCO Heritage site comes just one day after the couple met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the princely Hyderabad House in New Delhi.

"Had a very good interaction with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge," Modi said in a tweet on Tuesday along with a photo featuring himself walking alongside the 33-year old Prince and 34-year old Duchess, who wore a teal lace dress and carried a small beige clutch for the occasion.

Prince William and Duchess Catherine have been well-received by the Indian public since they touched down in the former British colony on Sunday.

"Thanks Prince William and Kate for visiting Kaziranga. This visit will surely boost the tourism industry here in Assam," tweeted Guwahati local Ambarish.

The Duke and Duchess will return to the UK on Saturday after their six-day tour of the South Asian country, just days before Queen Elizabeth II's 90th birthday on April 21.
 

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