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MARCH 2019 



Explorers Against Extinction (the working name of Real World Conservation Trust) has a primary objective to promote the conservation of rare and endangered species, as well as their environments with funds going to safeguard iconic species and to fight wildlife crime. An innovative element of the campaign is an exhibition of wildlife art called ‘Sketch for Survival’, with professional wildlife artists and celebrities raising awareness by donating a 26-minute sketch or other original artwork of an endangered species. The timing relates to the fact that an elephant is poached in the wild, every 26 minutes!

In 2018 artists from more than 30 countries participated. Celebrity donations included work by Nick Park, Dames Judi Dench and Helen Mirren, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Levison Wood, Mary Berry, Frederick Forsyth, Stephen Fry and Sophie Thompson. More than 10,000 people viewed the exhibition at prestigious venues including gallery@oxo in London and the Salmagundi Club, New York. Thousands more saw the artwork online. The collection sold for £60,00+ funding projects with African Parks, Fauna & Flora International and The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.


The project is launched in London’s Bishopsgate on 1stMay, with a presentation by award-winning photographer and conservationist, Nick Dyer. The event is also supported by Painted Wolf Wines.  To find out more about the project or the launch event, please contact Sara White (Trustee of Real World Conservation Trust) via

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