Our Story

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 mission statement is: To promote the conservation of rare and endangered species and the protection of their environments. We also work on projects to advance the education of the public in the conservation issues around rare and endangered species and the threats to their environment and in helping local communities impacted by proximity to rare species benefit from their existence.

Collaboration is key and partnerships include Save the Elephants, Save the Rhino International, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, African Parks, Rhino Conservation Botswana, Animals saving Animals and Ol Pejeta Conservancy, part of Fauna and Flora International.

Through annual exhibitions and events we aim to ignite a passion for responsible travel and conservation and to connect with ‘everyday explorers’ who like us, want to safeguard wildlife and wild spaces for future generations.

Whether you enjoy exploring your local beach, or travelling to remote corners, the world has never been more accessible or more in need of positive action.

By working together, we can make a difference.

In addition, our Young Explorer Programme aims to assist the next generation of explorers by offering mentoring and financial assistance to young people with a passion for exploration and conservation.

Our initiatives and events have helped to raise awareness about a range of important global conservation topics as well as raising over US$ 200,000 for nominated projects since 2016.

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We work on specific conservation projects, raising the funds to allow specialist frontline organisations to carry out the 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 we are lucky enough to see amazing work being done by amazing people. Its not all doom and gloom, there is plenty to be hopeful about and we will share that with you.