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The Hunter Legacy


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The Hunter Legacy


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The Hunter Legacy Official Film Trailer

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The Film


THE FILM

Today, a million species are threatened with extinction because of humans. Nowhere is this reality for wildlife more pronounced than in Kenya. In a country the size of Texas with twice the number of people, the population explosion is putting humans and wildlife in constant competition for limited resources and space. It’s the perfect recipe for conflict.

This film is the first documentary to tell the real story behind Kenya’s present-day struggles with human-wildlife conflict. Using never-before-seen video footage from 1937 of renowned Big Game hunter-turned conservationist J.A. Hunter, we are guided through Kenya by his grandson, Alex Hunter, to learn about the on-ground efforts of four conservancies. Each offers a unique approach to mitigating the often-tragic encounters between humans and wildlife.

While many conservation films focus solely on wildlife, The Hunter Legacy demonstrates how holistic conservation for both wildlife and communities is the only path forward if we want to find effective solutions to save many magnificent species that are on the brink of extinction.

The Film


THE FILM

Today, a million species are threatened with extinction because of humans. Nowhere is this reality for wildlife more pronounced than in Kenya. In a country the size of Texas with twice the number of people, the population explosion is putting humans and wildlife in constant competition for limited resources and space. It’s the perfect recipe for conflict.

This film is the first documentary to tell the real story behind Kenya’s present-day struggles with human-wildlife conflict. Using never-before-seen video footage from 1937 of renowned Big Game hunter-turned conservationist J.A. Hunter, we are guided through Kenya by his grandson, Alex Hunter, to learn about the on-ground efforts of four conservancies. Each offers a unique approach to mitigating the often-tragic encounters between humans and wildlife.

While many conservation films focus solely on wildlife, The Hunter Legacy demonstrates how holistic conservation for both wildlife and communities is the only path forward if we want to find effective solutions to save many magnificent species that are on the brink of extinction.

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The Present


THE PRESENT

Alex Hunter struggles with his family's legacy of 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 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 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, the landscape, and the ever-growing human population —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 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, the landscape, and the ever-growing human population —only a single century later—will demonstrate why immediate action is the only course of action.