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The Hunter Legacy


THE HUNTER LEGACY

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The Hunter Legacy


THE HUNTER LEGACY

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The Film


THE FILM

The Hunter Legacy is a documentary that explores the impact that humans have on the wildlife and ecosystems in Africa, seen through the eyes and experiences of the Hunter family.

The focus of the film is on Alex Hunter—conservationist, safari guide and grandson of J.A. Hunter, a prolific Big Game hunter from the early 20th century. Unlike his famous grandfather, Alex rejects trophy hunting in favor of walking safaris and wildlife conservation programs.

We will spend time with Alex in his Kenyan bush camp home, on safari, and among fellow conservationists such as Richard Bonham of the Big Life Foundation and Richard Moller of the Tsavo Trust

Throughout, we will explore the pressing issues of human and wildlife interactions, local politics, trophy hunting, and poaching, as well as delving into Alex's family legacy and his place in modern Africa.

The Film


THE FILM

The Hunter Legacy is a documentary that explores the impact that humans have on the wildlife and ecosystems in Africa, seen through the eyes and experiences of the Hunter family.

The focus of the film is on Alex Hunter—conservationist, safari guide and grandson of J.A. Hunter, a prolific Big Game hunter from the early 20th century. Unlike his famous grandfather, Alex rejects trophy hunting in favor of walking safaris and wildlife conservation programs.

We will spend time with Alex in his Kenyan bush camp home, on safari, and among fellow conservationists such as Richard Bonham of the Big Life Foundation and Richard Moller of the Tsavo Trust

Throughout, we will explore the pressing issues of human and wildlife interactions, local politics, trophy hunting, and poaching, as well as delving into Alex's family legacy and his place in modern Africa.

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The Present


THE PRESENT

Alex Hunter struggles with his family's legacy of trophy hunting. He sees only a shadow of the Africa that his grandfather once knew and is acutely aware of how much has changed on this iconic land. Many of the species common in his grandfather's day are endangered, some critically so, and their future in the wild is in question.

Facing pressure from expanding urban areas, poaching, conflicts with farmers and herders, drought, and a myriad of other issues, there are few African animals whose habitats and populations aren't under threat.

Today, Alex is based on Kenya's Ol Pejeta Conservancy—home to the world’s last wild Northern White Rhinos and several dozen critically-endangered Black Rhinos—where he leads hiking and photography safaris and works on conservation issues throughout East Africa.

By sharing his experiences, knowledge, and work in this film, Alex hopes to expand awareness of these issues and offer tools to help curtail the ongoing loss of African species, wildlife habitats, and fragile ecosystems.

The Present


THE PRESENT

Alex Hunter struggles with his family's legacy of trophy hunting. He sees only a shadow of the Africa that his grandfather once knew and is acutely aware of how much has changed on this iconic land. Many of the species common in his grandfather's day are endangered, some critically so, and their future in the wild is in question.

Facing pressure from expanding urban areas, poaching, conflicts with farmers and herders, drought, and a myriad of other issues, there are few African animals whose habitats and populations aren't under threat.

Today, Alex is based on Kenya's Ol Pejeta Conservancy—home to the world’s last wild Northern White Rhinos and several dozen critically-endangered Black Rhinos—where he leads hiking and photography safaris and works on conservation issues throughout East Africa.

By sharing his experiences, knowledge, and work in this film, Alex hopes to expand awareness of these issues and offer tools to help curtail the ongoing loss of African species, wildlife habitats, and fragile ecosystems.

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The Material


THE PAST

This documentary offers a unique glimpse into a bygone era that you won't find anywhere else: original journals and film footage from the late 1930s—reportedly the first color film ever shot in Africa—will bring J.A. Hunter to life on the screen as he leads a two-month hunting safari on the savannas of East Africa.

Recorded by producer Hunter Sykes' family, these first-person accounts and fascinating films detail a world that no longer exists and a philosophy towards wildlife that is increasingly rare in the modern era.

Adding to the depth of historical background is J.A.'s numerous books about his career where he details his experiences as a prominent Big Game hunting guide for rich, well-known patrons. J.A. himself was a renowned "white hunter" and held several world records for his sheer number of Big Game kills. 

Only later in life did he realize that these unsustainable actions might lead to the extinction of the very wildlife he loved.

The Material


THE PAST

This documentary offers a unique glimpse into a bygone era that you won't find anywhere else: original journals and film footage from the late 1930s—reportedly the first color film ever shot in Africa—will bring J.A. Hunter to life on the screen as he leads a two-month hunting safari on the savannas of East Africa.

Recorded by producer Hunter Sykes' family, these first-person accounts and fascinating films detail a world that no longer exists and a philosophy towards wildlife that is increasingly rare in the modern era.

Adding to the depth of historical background is J.A.'s numerous books about his career where he details his experiences as a prominent Big Game hunting guide for rich, well-known patrons. J.A. himself was a renowned "white hunter" and held several world records for his sheer number of Big Game kills. 

Only later in life did he realize that these unsustainable actions might lead to the extinction of the very wildlife he loved.

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The Future


THE FUTURE

The future is precarious for the wildlife of Africa. Now is the time to act. 

That is why The Hunter Legacy focuses on Alex and J.A. Hunter. The changing ideals and philosophies of one of hunting's most lauded families illuminate this dire need to address the challenges facing African wildlife.

We hope that, by comparing the Africa of the early 20th century to that of today, the stark changes in wildlife populations and the landscape—only a single century later—will demonstrate why immediate action is the only course of action. 

The Future


THE FUTURE

The future is precarious for the wildlife of Africa. Now is the time to act. 

That is why The Hunter Legacy focuses on Alex and J.A. Hunter. The changing ideals and philosophies of one of hunting's most lauded families illuminate this dire need to address the challenges facing African wildlife.

We hope that, by comparing the Africa of the early 20th century to that of today, the stark changes in wildlife populations and the landscape—only a single century later—will demonstrate why immediate action is the only course of action. 

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Support Us


SUPPORT THIS PROJECT

Your support and financial donations play a critical role in bringing our  documentary to life. Please consider supporting The Hunter Legacy with a tax-deductible donation, made possible by our non-profit fiscal sponsor.

And don't forget to help us spread the word by sharing this exciting film with friends and family!

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Support Us


SUPPORT THIS PROJECT

Your support and financial donations play a critical role in bringing our  documentary to life. Please consider supporting The Hunter Legacy with a tax-deductible donation, made possible by our non-profit fiscal sponsor.

And don't forget to help us spread the word by sharing this exciting film with friends and family!

LEARN MORE