Col John Blashford-Snell OBE to support Explorers against Extinction event.Published: 5th July 2017

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that Col John Blashford-Snell will join Sir Ranulph Fiennes on the stage of the historic Royal Geographical Society, London on the evening of 12 October in support of the Real Africa Trust's Explorers against Extinction campaign. Each of these famous British explorers will speak about their life in travel and their experiences of wildlife over the years before television and radio presenter Nicky Campbell leads a Q&A and panel discussion with wildlife experts and young explorers.

Blashford-Snell, known as JBS was born in 1936 and grew up in Jersey,  surrounded by a menagerie of orphaned and wounded animals, cared for by his mother. He went on to Sandhurst and served 37 years in the army, facing active service in many areas.  

It was in 1968 at the invitation of Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia that Captain John Blashford-Snell of the Royal Engineers was commissioned to select, train and lead a 60 strong party for the first infamous descent of the Blue Nile.  The success of this immense expedition led to even tougher assignments, such as the first vehicle crossing of the complete Darien Gap in 1971/2 and in 1974/5, navigating almost all the 2,700 miles of the great Zaire (now Congo) River.  Both these ventures had strong environmental, medical and scientific objectives. JBS has led over 100 expeditions to some of the most remote corners of the globe. His adventures read more like a work of fiction

Explorations led to the formation of the Scientific Exploration Society in 1969 and under the patronage of HRH The Prince of Wales gave rise to Operations Drake and Raleigh. Between 1978 and 1980 projects were organised for 400 young people from 27 nations working with scientists and servicemen in 16 countries. By 1992 over 10,000 young men and women from 50 nations had taken part in challenges and worthwhile global expeditions as part of Raleigh International. 

JBS is just back from an expedition to Colombia and next year he will be returning to the slopes of Mount Kenya. With his passion for wildlife, exploration and conservation he is the perfect explorer to join Sir Ranulph at our Explorers against Extinction event. We look very forward to hearing about some of his travels. 


We hope you will join us.


For information about the event, the wider campaign and to buy tickets please visit the website here. 



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