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Supporting Wildlife Conservation Worldwide

The Sketch for Survival campaign 2018

Following the success of 2017 we have decided to take our Sketch for Survival campaign one stage further in 2018. Supported again by many of our artists & celebrities we aim to make the collection one of the largest wildlife displays ever.

The collection will go on a nationwide tour, allowing as many people as possible to view it before being sold in an online auction concluding on the evening of Sunday 25th November 2018. The collection will be launched at the prestigious gallery@oxo on London's South Bank and will also be on display in a gallery in Manhattan, New York, USA.

Sketch for Survival is part of the Explorers against Extinction wildlife conservation campaign organised by registered UK charity 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.

The collection will be launched online on the 1st September 2018 so sign up for our newsletter to hear all the latest news about the sketches as they arrive, the charities we will be supporting and about the campaign and tour as dated are released.

       Our 2018 Partners
Stanfords, a proud supporter of Explorers against Extinction, is the UK's leading specialist retailer of maps, travel books and other travel accessories, having been established in 1853 by Edward Stanford. Their flagship store in Covent Garden, London, first opened its doors in January 1901 and can justly claim to offer the world's largest stock of maps and travel books under one roof.
As one of the leading children's illustration agencies in the world, Plum Pudding is known
for being one of the most dynamic, passionate and proactive agencies around, representing some of the most talented children's illustrators from across the globe.  Representing 100+ artists, Plum Pudding produces illustrations for children’s publishing, advertising, editorial, greeting cards and packaging.
Sketch for Survival 2017: The Results
  • Fully equipped anti-poaching Dog Squad donated to Rhino Conservation Botswana.
"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 and their specialist training were kindly donated by the Real Africa Trust and Animals Saving Animals. 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, Director, Rhino Conservation Botswana.

  • Funding for the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trusts Orphan programmes, Nairobi, Kenya.
"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. We are so deeply touched that the work of the DSWT was chosen to be supported, and that the whole event and auction was so generously embraced, resulting in some much needed funds for DSWT. "
Angela Sheldrick, Director, The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

  • Fully equipped and trained tracking dog for Ol Pejeta, Laikipia, Kenya
"Thank you so much for your efforts – they are much appreciated"

Richard Vigne, CEO Ol Pejeta Conservancy

  • Exposure for Animals saving Animals, trainers for the anti-poaching Dog Squads.
"I would like to thank everybody involved with the Explorers against Extinction campaign and all the artists and supporters who donated to the Sketch for Survival exhibition. Being invited to speak at the Explorers night at the Royal Geographical Society was an amazing platform for us. To share that stage with Sir Ranulph Fiennes was an honour. Over the four months of the campaign we also received a huge amount of exposure, with articles in several magazines, newspapers such as the Daily Mail and invitations to county shows and travel exhibitions. Many thanks"

Daryll Pleasants, Founder, Animals saving Animals.

How the campaign worked:

We asked artists, explorers, adventurers and celebrities to do a simple 15 minute Sketch for Survival  to help raise awareness of this shocking statistic and also to raise funds to combat wildlife crime.  All these sketches, drawings, cartoons, doodles and paintings were available for purchase via online bidding and on the Explorers night at the Royal Geographical Society, introduced by Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE. Here we were joined by Sotheby's Deputy Director and Specialist in Contemporary Art, Tom Eddison who  lent his expertise. In total our auction raised over £40,000 . Many thanks to all our artists and supporters.

We had original artwork from leading wildlife artists including the award-winning Karen Laurence-Rowe, Gary Hodges, Pip McGarry and Pollyanna Pickering  as well as from leading cartoonist Gabriel Alborozo . We also had sketches from celebrity supporters including Dame Judi Dench, Stephen Fry, Bill Nighy, Kevin Pietersen, Ray Mears, Fearne Cotton  plus over 150 more.



"I'm pleased to support the Explorers against Extinction campaign. Species extinction is such a vital issue."
Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE. 12th October 2017.

 Our 2017 Projects

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