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Colonel John Blashford-Snell is one of the world's most renowned and highly respected explorers.  He has mounted numerous expeditions over the past 50 years all over the world, concentrating on scientific research and community aid.

JBS supports and works with numerous charities working with underprivileged youth in the UK, as well as undertaking countless community aid projects in remote parts of the world.

In the 2019 New Year Honours list JBS was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to scientific research abroad and to young people in the UK.

JBS has recently returned from Expedition in Bardia, Nepal

JBS led a 20 strong expedition which has recently returned from Bardia in Nepal, where they various studies and carried out wildlife counts.

They also aided the local community by refurbishing and re-equiping a primary school. 

Although fewer elephants were spotted, there were a number of encounters with tigers and Nepalese naturalist, Deepak Rajbanshi, took some stunning photos of these magnificent beasts as can be seen below.  Read the summary report here.

Bolivian Recce Expedition  March/April 2020

JBS has been asked to assist the village of Tres Hermanos on the Beni river. There are 17 families  who urgently need their primary school refurbished and a clean water supply put into operation. Preliminary details of this expedition are now available.  We only have one place available.  Please contact us for more details.

At the same time he plans to carry out a reconnaissance of some interesting little-known archaeological sites and study the wildlife in the region with a view to launching a larger scale expedition for the benefit of the area in the future. Please see Future Expeditions for more details.

Mongolian Expedition June/July 2020

A new three week scientific and community aid expedition in the Khan Khenth area of Mongolia (East of Ulaan Baatar) is currently being planned.

The expedition will be carrying out community aid projects, giving dental and medical help to the local people and performing archaeological, biological and zoological tasks with Mongolian scientists. The scientific studies are organised with the support of the National University by Professor Terbish, who has accompanied our expeditions since 1992.

Applicants must be competent riders. Please see Future Expeditions for more details.


Footage of the huge Indian elephant, known as Rajagaj, taken whilst on expedition to Bardia, Nepal in 1992

The clip was shot in Bardia, Nepal by an expedition led by Colonel John Blashford-Snell CBE in 1992 when they found an enormous elephant, 11 feet 3 inches at the shoulder and believed to be the largest in Asia.

Local people thought he was a mammoth, but he was in fact an Asian elephant. The Nepalese put him on a postage stamp and sent soldiers to guard the area. They are still there and this is one of the reasons that the tiger population has increased. The book “Mammoth Hunt” that he wrote with Rula Lenska tells the story.  A TV film was made and widely shown all over the world.

Sadly, Raja Gaj disappeared in 2010 at the age of about 70. We believe he died and was swept away in the flooded Karnali river. However, his offspring are thriving and look like him.

Fascinating drone footage from JBS's expedition to Mongolia

Amazing images of a tigress taken by Deepak Rajbansh, during JBS's current expedition to Nepal. 

Mongolia Bataar Expedition Gallery

Sierra Nevada, Colombia Gallery

Costa Rica Gallery

Assam Gallery

A Brief Gallery of Photos of Some of JBS's Expeditions

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