Our Story

Partnerships to Protect the Wild

Our mission:

  • to promote the conservation of rare and endangered species and the protection of their environments;
  • to advance the education of the public in the conservation issues around rare and endangered species and the threats to their environment; 
  • to help local communities impacted by proximity to rare species benefit from their protection.


The Real World Conservation Trust (RWCT) is a registered UK charity (Reg. No. 1177505. ) ‘Explorers Against Extinction’ and ‘Sketch for Survival’ are both registered working names of the Trust.

Our Story

Back in 2000 we started off as a small independent safari specialist called Real Africa.  We focused on responsible wildlife travel and used local guides and services wherever possible.

Travelling back and forth to Africa, as well as to many other parts of the world, we were increasingly aware of the growing impact of both the illegal wildlife trade and climate change. Wildlife densities were lower,  severe weather events were more common and there was increasing pressure on protected areas and communities living in close proximity to them. We wanted to do more to safeguard the wildlife and wild spaces we loved, and to empower the communities living alongside them,  and so in 2007 we set up a small charitable trust called The Real Africa Trust. Many of the projects we worked with focused on the relationship between ecotourism, wildlife and local community.

Explorers Against Extinction 

Today our ‘Partnerships to Protect the Wild’  encompass all seven continents from the forests to the ocean. We’ve connected with people across the world, from ‘everyday explorers’ who walk their local beach/wood, or watch a nature documentary, to extraordinary explorers, like our patrons, who journey to remote corners. All are connected by a passion for protecting and exploring the natural world.

By uniting our voices we can campaign for change and make a difference.

To find out more about the projects we work with please click here.

To find out more about our responsible travel network and how travel supports conservation please click here.


Our initiatives and events have helped to raise awareness about a range of important global conservation topics as well as raising over US$ 250,000 for nominated projects.

We provide:


We work on specific, often immediate-need conservation projects, raising the funds to allow specialist frontline organisations to carry out their work quickly and efficiently.


From the critically endangered Tapanuli Orangutan to specialist conservation canines and rangers working to protect iconic species, we highlight the amazing work of our partners to help them generate long-term funding and support.


Through our annual campaigns and social media, and by working with schools in the UK and Africa we aim to connect with a wide audience and educate on key conservation topics.


The world is facing an unprecedented natural crisis but if each and every one of us made some small changes, it would help to mitigate the crisis. By sharing news and updates from our project partners we’ll show you there is much to feel hopeful about.