Explorers against Extinction (registered UK charity No 1177505) is delighted to announce that this year’s wildlife conservation campaign will officially launch on World Rhino Day, 22 September.
From 22 September visitors to the Explorers against Extinction homepage will be able to browse the complete 2018 Sketch for Survival collection. Sketch for Survival, a hugely popular annual element of Explorers against Extinction, is a touring exhibition and auction of wildlife artwork with the primary purpose of raising awareness about global species extinction.
Currently, one African elephant is poached for its tusks in the wild every 26 minutes. In addition, all five species of rhino remain endangered. 40% of lion have been lost in the last 20 years while only 4,000 tigers are left in the Indian sub-continent – down from 40,000 a half century ago.
To highlight these shocking statistics, the charity asked professional artists and high-profile individuals to spend at least 26 minutes on a sketch or other original artwork of an endangered species. Profit from the auction of artwork is donated to nominated conservation projects pivotal in the battle against wildlife crime.
This year’s headline project is focused on elephant conservation in Africa. Explorers against Extinction will assist non-profit African Parksestablish a new anti-poaching canine unit in World Heritage Garamba National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo. A second project, in Asia, will be announced on World Rhino Day.