The Evening

Our Explorers against Extinction Evening 2017  was held at the Royal Geographical Society on Thursday 12th October. This fantastic sell-out event offered our guests the chance to meet leading explorers, young adventurers and leading conservationists, as well as watch the anti-poaching dog Caesar give a demonstration on stage. Full details of the evening are below.

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6.00 pm    V.I.P reception  in the Old Map Room.
7.00 pm   Part 1: Travel & Exploration

For the first hour Sir Ranulph Fiennes
OBE& Colonel John Blashford-Snell OBEwill regale us with stories of their extraordinary lives. They will then be joined on stage by our young explorers and adventurers for a quick-fire round of questions about their travels, hosted by the critically acclaimed director Jamie Berry.

8.15 pm   Interval

Opportunity to meet anti-poaching dog trainer Daryll Pleasants and future dog squad pups. Public viewing of Sketch  for Survival artwork in the Ambulatory and Sunley Room. Book signings.

8.45 pm   Sketch for Survival

Live auction with Sotheby's Deputy Director and Specialist in Contemporary Art, Tom Eddison (select few lots).

9 pm  Part 2: Wildlife
& Conservation - Insight
  • The Sheldrick Trust - 40 years on:  the UK public premiere of this moving and thought provoking short film charting 40 years of DSWT. 
  • FrontlineK9s - living and working on the frontline of conservation with Daryll Pleasants, founder of ASA,  accompanied by some of his dogs.
10 pm Event ends.

THE VENUE - The Royal Geographical Society

Founded in 1830, the Royal Geographical Society is the home of geography and has, over the years hosted many famous explorers, with expeditions often being funded by the Society itself. The 750 seat Ondaatje Theatre with state of the art presentation facilities is one of London’s leading lecture venues.

The Royal Geographical Society
1 Kensington Gore

Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE

Sir Ranulph  Fiennes OBE,  is described by the Guinness Book of Records as “the world’s greatest living explorer”.  He has led 22 major expeditions to remote parts of the world, including both Poles. He is the only man alive to have travelled around the Earth's circumpolar surface (more people have been on the Moon.). This involved a 3 year expedition, starting in 1979. He journeyed around the world on its polar axis, using surface transport only. His record-breaking expeditions include travel by riverboat, hovercraft, manhaul sledge, skidoo, Land Rover and ski. 

Sir Ran is currently striving to complete the Global Reach Challenge and be the only person to have crossed both Poles and climbed the highest mountains on all seven continents.

The Daily Telegraph listed Ranulph Fiennes as "one of the world's top ten speakers."

Image: Liz Scarff, Fieldcraft Studios

Colonel John Blashford-Snell OBE

Colonel John Blashford-Snell is an explorer and author. His adventures include  descending the Blue Nile in the late 1960's, at the invitation of Emperor Haille Selassie of Ethiopia, the first crossing of the Darien Gap by Range Rover and navigating the length of the Congo River, all 2,700 miles of it. He's  driven from Alaska to Patagonia, sailed from Bolivia to the Atlantic and he's even delivered a grand piano to a chief in the Amazon Jungle.

He is known the world over for founding Raleigh International, under the patronage of the Prince of Wales,  in an effort to get young people engaged in the world and scientific exploration. Over 10,000 have subsequently done so.

In total he has organised and led over 100 expeditions - his next project sees him return to Africa, to the slopes of Mount Kenya.

Explorers & Adventurers

Alongside Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Colonel John Blashford-Snell  we are delighted the next generation of young explorers and adventurers. Find out more about some of their epic journeys, exciting upcoming projects and their experiences with endangered wildlife - both good and bad!

On stage will be Ash Bhardwaj, Leon MacCarron, Pip Stewart, Laura Bingham and Jamie Berry. Other explorers and adventurers also will be joining us as guests on the night.

Meet our young explorers and adventurers on our Explorers page.

Wildlife & Conservation - Insight

We are absolutely thrilled to offer the UK public premiere of 'The Sheldrick Trust - 40 years on' . This poignant 15 minute film featuring  Dame Daphne Sheldrick DBE, charts the work of the Trust  and the challenges it faces. Hear about the Orphans' Project & other initiatives run by DSWT in this their 40th anniversary year. 

 You will also be updated on the latest from the front line of conservation. Daryll Pleasants, Head trainer of the anti-poaching Dog Squads will bring along some of his FrontlineK9 recruits destined for deployment as rhino protection dogs in Botswana's Okavango Delta with Rhino Conservation Bostwana. Daryll  will give an insight into the role of the dogs and living and working in the field.

Sketch for Survival Exhibition

Our hugely successful Sketch for Survival exhibition includes  original artwork and sketches kindly donated by international wildlife artists and celebrities in support of our charities. Artwork will be on display at the event,  in the Sunley Room and Ambulatory from 7pm - 10pm. You can bid for your favourite piece online from 17th July until Sunday 15th October when the online auction closes. For more details, please see our Sketch for Survival page.

During the evening we'll  update you on how much has been raised for our charities so far, reveal the artworks with the highest bids and have a very special live auction with Sotheby's Tom Eddison for a few select pieces.

Other attractions on the evening:

Stanfords Pop-up book store: the world’s biggest and best map and travel book store will be with us on the night. For over 160 years, explorers, travellers and adventurers have looked to them as map specialists to get them where they need to go, and back again.

Stanfords will be offering guests a chance to meet travel writers  along with book signings on the night.

Africa Archive: a selection of early maps and books from the Stanfords RGS Archive will be on display at the event.

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