Explorers against Extinction is a wildlife conservation campaign organised by registered UK charity the Real World Conservation Trust. 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.
Sketch for Survival is an art initiative. It was inspired by a shocking statistic – on average, one elephant is poached in the wild every 26 minutes. They wanted to highlight the plight of elephants and other iconic species and invited professional artists and celebrity supporters to help them by donating a simple 26-minute wildlife sketch to their touring exhibition.
The idea was simple: to raise awareness about threats facing wildlife and wild spaces while also raising funds through the sale of artwork for frontline projects. They started with just a handful of sketches. Within a few years, the initiative evolved and gathered momentum. The exhibition has proved to be an incredibly effective way to connect with a wide audience and to trigger conversations about tough topics from extinction to climate change. Today, artists in more than 30 countries have contributed