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Frontline Conservation: Sketching out a Future for Endangered Species

Visiting Explorer Program with Robert Ferguson

News and views from the front line in the battle to stop species extinction, from the deployment of anti-poaching dogs to the role of technology, telling first-hand accounts of those who risk their lives every day fighting poachers.

It is estimated that an elephant is poached for its ivory every 26 minutes. The charity campaign Sketch for Survival asks professional artists, illustrators and celebrities to donate a 26 minute sketch to highlight this shocking statistic, the artworks being auctioned online at the end of the campaign to raise funds for frontline conservation projects.

The Sketch for Survival collection comprises over 450 works from artists in over 30 countries and featuring many endangered species from polar bears to beetles, parrots to pangolins. There will be a capsule collection available to view at The Explorers Club on the night, comprising the sketches of our US artists and selected others. The collection will be on display at the Salmagundi Club on the 15-17th November 1-6pm.

Robert Ferguson is a Trustee of the Explorers against Extinction charity. In this role he has worked on conservation projects with Save the Elephants, Save the Rhino International, Rhino Conservation Botswana, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and Ol Pejeta Reserve in Kenya. In 2018 he is working with the leading NGO African Parks to provide anti-poaching dogs to Garamba National Park in Democratic Republic of the Congo as well as working with the Govt. of Nepal on a three year project to secure their three tiger reserves. He is an advisor to the non-profit Animals Saving Animals organisation who train and deploy anti-poaching dogs to National Parks and Reserves across Africa and Asia.

His own travels have taken him all over the globe. Highlights include hiking coast to coast across Borneo and explored the Hindu Kush, Karakoram and Himalaya mountain ranges, climbing to over 21,000 feet in the process. He has trekked the Simien and Bale Mountains of Ethiopia, climbed Mt. Kenya and travelled the Old Silk Road from Beijing to Karachi across the Taklimakan Desert. He has explored the Tibetan Plateau and the far west of Myanmar by jeep.

In September 2018 he visited Sumatra, Indonesia, to visit Orang-utan and Sumatran elephant projects.

On his travels he's been shot at, charged by a Black Rhino, been rescued from a 150 ft ice crevasse, performed surgery in a remote village in Morocco, given the kiss of life at 16,000 ft and been detained by the Turkish Army. He was also once chased out of a bar in South Africa by a warthog.

Robert is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in London and is a retained travel writer for Footprint Travel Guides in the UK, editing their Nepal Handbook.

Date: Wednesday, November 14

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 E 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: $10

Guest Ticket Price: $15

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