Explorers against Extinction campaignPublished: 1st June 2017

The Real Africa Trust is delighted to announce an exciting new campaign called Explorers against Extinction which will culminate with an evening at the prestigious Royal Geographical Society, London on 12 October 2017 with special guest Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE, described by the Guinness Book of Records as the ‘World’s Greatest Living Explorer’.

This unique event aims to highlight the threat of extinction to some of Africa's most iconic species including elephant, rhino and lion.  Leading explorers, adventurers, wildlife experts and conservationists will come together for what promises to be an entertaining yet thought-provoking evening, to make a stand against extinction and help raise money for specific projects.

To find out more please visit the dedicated website Explorers against Extinction.

Sketch for Survival

Also in attendance will be a number of leading wildlife artists and celebrities ranging from Olympians to film stars, who have kindly donated work to the Trust’s Sketch for Survival art exhibition.

‘Sketch for Survival’ comprises an extensive collection of artwork, which will be unveiled online in mid July. The collection features both professional pieces donated by leading wildlife artists including Karen Laurence Rowe and Gary Hodges as well as pictures drawn by celebrity sketchers and conservationists. All artwork will be available to purchase via online auction in the weeks leading up to the event. Key pieces will also be exhibited in central London this autumn as well as at the event itself.

All profits from Sketch for Survival and the Explorers against Extinction campaign will support the work of the Real Africa Trust’s nominated partners, each one being pivotal in the battle against extinction.

We'd love your support

If you're an artist or high profile individual and would like to contribute to this exhibition you can find out more information on the dedicated website. 

Partners and projects

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) is a pioneering conservation organisation which rescues and rehabilitates orphaned elephants and other wildlife, and is dedicated to the preservation of endangered species and the protection of habitats. DSWT celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.


At the heart of the Trust's conservation activities is the Orphans’ Project, which has achieved world-wide acclaim through its hugely successful elephant and rhino rescue and rehabilitation program. To date the DSWT has successfully hand-raised over 150 orphan elephants and has accomplished its long-term conservation priority by effectively reintegrating them back into the wild herds of Tsavo.

Having supported the DSWT for over a decade now we were particularly keen to raise money for their orphan's project - we've watched many elephants come in to the care of DSWT nursery and continue their journey on to Tsavo.

Animals saving Animals (ASA) is a small organisation dedicated to the training and deployment of specialist anti-poaching dogs to squads across Africa protecting elephant, rhino and lion. 


Sara has seen the work of ASA first-hand when she visited the anti-poaching dog squad working on Lewa and Borana and when she visited Ol Pejeta to visit the last remaining Northern White Rhinos where ASA also have a dog squad operational. ASA work throughout sub Saharan Africa. The Real Africa Trust earlier this year funded a new pup who is now in the Save Valley in Zimbabwe with the anti-poaching unit there.

Why we need your support

How to support

Tickets for the event are available via Ticket Source and cost £20-£100. Premium tickets include a VIP drinks reception from 6pm, with a chance to meet Sir Ranulph Fiennes, along with other explorers, guest speakers, artists and celebrity guests and a private view of Sketch for Survival.


You can also support the campaign by purchasing a Tshirt - choose from our new Titchy Tembo range in aid of DSWT - Tembo meaning elephant in Swahili, or our Dog Squad Tshirts in aid of Animals Saving Animals. Profit from the sale of every Tshirt goes to the respective charity. 


You can foster a Sheldrick elephant orphan or an anti poaching FrontlineK9. 

Help us spread the word by tagging @RealAfrica and using the hashtags #ExplorersagainstExtinction #Sketchfor Survival #RealDifference

Thank you.


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