Explorers against Extinction is a wildlife conservation campaign organised by registered UK charity the Real World Conservation Trust (No 1177505) formerly the Real Africa Trust (No 1149508). The primary aims of the campaign are to raise awareness about the threats facing the world’s most iconic species and their habitats while also raising significant funds for nominated projects pivotal in the battle to protect them.
We are all explorers – whether you are young or old, travelling to remote corners of the globe first-hand, or with the help of the television on a Sunday evening, Explorers against Extinction wants to connect with you if you care about our wildlife and wild spaces.
Despite many positive developments in the world of conservation since we launched Explorers against Extinction in 2017, including China’s ban on the trade in ivory, many iconic species including elephants, still face a battle for survival. All five species of rhino remain endangered for example, while 40% of lion have been lost in the last 20 years.
"I'm pleased to support the Explorers against Extinction campaign. Species extinction is such a vital issue."
Sir Ranulph Fiennes
We're honoured to have the support of some of the world’s greatest explorers, including Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Colonel John Blashford-Snell, and as a direct result of Explorers against Extinction fundraising we have been able to make a difference on the frontline.
EXPLORERS AGAINST EXTINCTION 2017
The small, dedicated team at Animals Saving Animals (ASA) focus on prevention. They train and deploy specialist anti-poaching dogs to squads across Africa protecting elephant and rhino. Explorers against Extinction raised £17, 450 for ASA to specifically fund a team of two anti-poaching dogs for Rhino Conservation Botswana and one new tracking spaniel for Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya.
"Next summer, two highly trained rhino protection dogs will join our monitoring teams and the government’s Anti-Poaching Unit on special patrols. They will be the first K9 (canine) team to work as ‘rhino guardians’ in Botswana. The dogs were kindly donated by the Real Africa Trust. We know that the creation of a specialist RCB Dog Squad will make it much harder for wildlife criminals to evade detection. There is no escaping the nose!"
Map Ives, Rhino Conservation Botswana
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2017. This pioneering conservation organisation rescues and rehabilitates orphaned elephants and is dedicated to the preservation of endangered species and the protection of habitats.Explorers against Extinction raised £17, 450 for DSWT - this is enough to fund 11 elephant rescues or care for 2 orphaned elephants for a whole year - fantastic news.
"I wanted to reach out to thank you most sincerely for all your hard work towards making the Explorers Against Extinction event, and the Sketch for Survival auction such a success. That a figure of £17,450 was raised for The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust has far exceeded all our expectations and we cannot thank you enough for all your hard work in making it such a success, and for bearing such positive news."
Angela Sheldrick, DSWT
EXPLORERS AGAINST EXTINCTION 2018
This year we partnered with African Parks and Fauna & Flora International. You can read more about the projects we are supporting here.
Find out more about Explorers against Extinction at the dedicated event website.
Show your support for Explorers against Extinction:
1.Shop for Survival - shop at the Real World Store - donation from every purchase to our conservation partners. You can even sponsor an anti poaching dog.
2.Safari for Survival - go on a conservation safari with Real Africa. We make a £25 donation into the Real World Conservation Trust on behalf of every client travelling with us. What's more we can arrange specific conservation activities and visits for you from meeting the Northern White Rhinos at Ol Pejeta, or spending the morning with the anti poaching dog unit or helping with the lion monitoring programme, to visiting the Sheldrick Trust orphans' project in Nairobi. In Botswana you can meet Rhino Conservation Botswana monitoring teams who are based at particular lodges and find out more about the rhino relocation project. There are many projects and just by going on safari you will be helping to support both the wildlife and communities.
3.Sketch for Survival - sign up to our newsletter to be kept up to date about our nationwide gallery tour and online auction for fabulous wildlife artwork by both professional artists and celebrity supporters.
4.Share for Survival - help to raise awareness and tell people about our campaign - please tag @RealAfrica on social media and use any of the following hashtags #explorersagainstextinction #sketchforsurvival #selfieforsurvival #shareforsurvival