‘The Sheldrick Trust – 40 years on’ is a poignant short film charting forty years of The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. The Trust, which was set up by Dame Daphne Sheldrick, DBE in memory of her late husband David in 1977, works at field level in Kenya for the protection and conservation of wildlife and wild habitats. The DSWT has pioneered hand-raising orphaned baby elephants with the Orphans’ project receiving world-wide acclaim.
The UK public premiere of this special and very moving anniversary film, featuring Dame Daphne and footage from the archives, will be at the Royal Geographical Society on Thursday 12 October during the Explorers against Extinction event organised by the Real Africa Trust.
The event seeks to highlight the threat of extinction to many iconic species while also raising vital funds for conservation partners including DSWT.
Africa’s wildlife is being pushed to the brink of extinction. Elephants are being killed for their ivory, and at one stage, one elephant was being killed every 15 minutes. Human-wildlife conflict is leaving behind injured and orphaned wild animals who would not survive without intervention and habitat destruction is endangering important biodiversity habitats.
The DSWT adopts a multi-faceted approach to conservation with teams working at a field level to put an end to poaching in partnership with the Kenya Wildlife Service, and to preserve endangered habitats and rescue and care for injured animals so that they can return to the wild. To date over 200 orphaned elephants are living a wild life with 25 known wild-born babies.
Famous explorers including Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE and Colonel John Blashford-Snell OBE will be headlining the Explorers against Extinction conservation event described by Travel Africa Magazine as 'One of the most important conservation events of the year'. Event partners include Stanfords, the world's largest map and travel book store and Sotheby's auction house.
Tickets can be purchased from Ticket Source priced £20-£100.
Profits from both the event and accompanying Sketch for Survival art exhibition and auction will be split equally between DSWT and the anti-poaching dog squads of Animals saving Animals (ASA). **Unless otherwise marked on individual auction lots.
The exhibition and auction features work by international wildlife artists including Anne London, Katy Jade Dobson, Karen Laurence-Rowe , Gary Hodges and Angela Sheldrick.
Angela Sheldrick, daughter of David and Daphne Sheldrick and CEO of the DSWT continues the lifesaving conservation work begun by her parents more than 40 years ago. Angela's watercolours are in high demand, with an extensive waiting list for new pieces, and so it is a rare opportunity to be able to bid for her latest artwork, Wrapped Warm, which was created specifically for Sketch for Survival.
View and bid for Angela's watercolour here.
Celebrities supporting the campaign by donating artwork include Dame Judi Dench, Stephen Fry, Kevin Pietersen, Levison Wood, Fern Britton, Nicky Campbell and Ray Mears. Limited edition books and prints include The David Shepherd Archive, Survivors, a beautiful coffee table book about the DSWT signed by Dame Daphne and a wonderful elephant print by artist Richard Symonds co-signed by Sex and the City actress Kristin Davis, a long time supporter of DSWT.
For more information about the campaign please visit the website explorersagainstextinction.co.uk
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