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Schools Against Extinction

We work with schools to help young people build their knowledge and understanding of the environmental challenges facing our wildlife and wild spaces. Our aim is to inspire positive action.

Our Schools against Extinction education initiative is focused specifically on raising awareness about endangered species and the threats facing them.

We can help your pupils get a better understanding of our planet’s most endangered species, the threats they face, and how we can all act to ensure their survival.

Becoming a partner school is quick and easy

 To become a School Against Extinction simply pledge to raise funds for Explorers against Extinction. To get some inspiration for projects your funds could support please see below:

Sample projects

The Sheldrick Trust – £800- £1,600 fund-raising target

Pioneering elephant rescue, rehabilitation and release project in Kenya founded by the late Dame Daphne Sheldrick.

£800 could cover an entire month’s worth of formula milk for one elephant orphan

£900 could fund a Mobile Veterinary Unit for two weeks, giving life-saving treatment to sick and injured wild animals in the field

£1,300 could enrol a Ranger in three months of intensive training at the KWS Manyani Training Academy

£1,600 could fund the rescue of an orphan elephant, bringing it into the care of the Sheldrick Trust Nursery in Nairobi – one orphan will be fostered on the school’s behalf and you can receive monthly e-updates for 1 year about this orphan.

Ol Pejeta Conservancy – £800 – £2000 fund-raising target

Ol Pejeta is part of Fauna & Flora International and is the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa. It is also home to the last two northern white rhinos in the world. The rhinos are protected by a specialist anti-poaching dog squad or K9 unit, comprising three different breeds fulfilling different roles: tracking (bloodhound), detection (Spaniel) and attack (Belgian Malinois).

£800 could equip a wildlife ranger with essential kit (boots, uniform, binoculars etc) 

£1,000 could feed an anti-poaching dog for a year

£2,000 could help to care on a day to day basis for Ol Pejeta’s rhinos, and allow your school the opportunity to name a rhino on the conservancy

Tiger Protection Units, Sumatra – £900 – £2,888 fund-raising target

Equip forest-edge community rangers working in three ecosystems in Sumatra with vital equipment.  The rangers patrol for snares, monitor the health and movements of the tigers and observe changes over time to the rainforest habitat – their work is essential to the tiger’s future and an essential link with the local communities.

£900 could fund three camera traps to monitor wildlife including tigers and other species.

£1,925 could pay for a session of field training, helping to get new rangers into the forest to protect tigers from poaching

£2,888 could pay for a motorbike, to help rangers’ access remote locations

Fund-raising support

Fund-raising suggestions: hold a non-uniform day, a cake sale/coffee morning or a sports day/summer fair barbecue; organise an event (disco, music recital, conservation debating competition etc) ; make and sell wildlife greeting/Christmas cards; organise sponsored activities (walks/dog walks; beach/park clean-ups and litter picks).

T-shirts for Change affiliate scheme: sign up for our affiliate scheme and we’ll provide your school with a unique link to our online store. For every conservation T-shirt sold using the unique link, a £3 donation will be credited to your fund-raising total (e.g., sell ten T-shirts and raise £30).

Host an event at your school: sell tickets for a conservation evening at your school. A trustee can come to talk about our work in more detail.

Join us at the Royal Geographical Society, London

Annually, usually in November, we hold an event at the Royal Geographical Society in London. The event focuses on travel and conservation and we welcome an array of speakers covering these fields, from famous explorers to species experts. The event is attended by  VIP guests from the world of travel and conservation – in 2016 we welcomed HRH the Duke of Sussex.

We reserve a limited number of seats for schools and offer discounted tickets. In the past, students have had an opportunity to listen to, and meet,  Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Colonel John Blashford Snell, Benedict Allen and Saba Douglas-Hamilton. In 2019 we are delighted to welcome Ian Redmond OBE and Dr Julian Fennessy.

For further information about school tickets please contact sara@explorersagainstextinction.co.uk