Famous faces lead the fight to save Africa's endangered wildlife

Dozens of famous faces including Dame Judi Dench, Stephen Fry, Ray Mears and Sir Ranulph Fiennes have donated work to an unprecedented art collection called Sketch for Survival, part of the Explorers against Extinction campaign organised by the Real Africa Trust to help raise awareness about the threats to endangered animals including some of Africa's most iconic species.

The collection, comprising over 160 artworks donated by leading professional artists and celebrities will be on display at next week’s Explorers against Extinction event at the Royal Geographical Society before being sold at auction in aid of conservation charities. Sir Ranulph Fiennes who will be headlining the evening alongside fellow explorer Colonel John Blashford-Snell said: “I am delighted to support Explorers against Extinction. Species extinction is such a vital issue.”

Guests attending the event on 12 October can also enjoy the UK premiere of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) 40th anniversary film, a demonstration by dogs trained and deployed to anti-poaching hot spots by small organisation Animals saving Animals (ASA) and the Sketch for Survival exhibition curated by Tom Eddison deputy Director and Specialist in Contemporary Art at Sotheby's.  

Both DSWT and ASA are beneficiaries of Explorers against Extinction fund-raising.

The organisers hope to raise £50,000 for wildlife conservation from both the event and Sketch for Survival art auction.   

Tickets £20-£100 from Ticket Source.

Atta members enjoy a 20% discount with code ATTA20

Further details at explorersagainstextinction.co.uk