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Hunters and the Hunted

20 Jan 2020 16:40 PM

Hunting was a necessity for many people in prehistoric times, now, most hunters stalk and kill animals merely to show off to their friends or for the thrill of it. Displacing animals and ripping their families apart, animals are becoming confused and alone, leaving countless animals orphaned and vulnerable to other animal predators. Killing an animal with a direct shot is rare, making it even more distressing for the animal who has to undergo moments, sometimes hours of pain and suffering before they die. Sadly, many orphaned or injured animals can no longer live in the wild and need care and support.

This is where Frontier’s work comes in. Frontier as a conservation company provide a variety of projects that support animals and sanctuaries for animals to refuge in and recover. Wildlife refuges and rehabilitation centres are a crucial means of providing the necessary support and, wherever possible, reintroducing animals into the wild. They’re also an important means of educating the public about human wildlife conflict. They are in demand and always need as many volunteers as they can get to help support with animal care, medical fees, and accommodation support.

Frontier have a range of projects best suited for you, from hands on projects with animals in sanctuaries to research and data collection on animals and how hunting has affected their habitats.

Some hands-on projects include Thailand Gibbon Sanctuary, Namibia Wildlife Conservation & Sanctuary, Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary, South Africa Kruger Wildlife Sanctuary, South Africa Primate Sanctuary and more. All these projects focus on working in a sanctuary where you will experience dexterous experience with injured animals caused by hunting, settling them into a new environment and ensuring that their time at the sanctuary is safe.



Some opportunities that focus on research and hunting include Namibia Desert Elephant Conservation, Madagascar Wildlife Conservation Adventure, Guatemala Veterinary Program and more!

Frontier projects are there for the support of animals who are facing everyday stresses from hunters and illegal encroachers storming into their habitats and destructing their families.

A member of the Maine BowHunters Alliance estimates that 50 percent of animals shot with crossbows are wounded but not killed. With animals becoming extinct, hunting needs to be stopped.

Often, hunting is called a sport as a way of hiding the fact that it is a cruel activity, acted upon by inexpressive humans wanting to take selfies and pictures. The demand for bush meat is the most significant threat to wildlife populations in South Africa, comprising an unsustainable over utilisation of the wildlife resources of this part of the world, as a result of which natural habitats are being denuded of their indigenous wildlife. Primates in particular are hunted for their meat, as pets and for medicine, and their habitats are being destroyed at an alarming rate.

Like humans, animals want to live, and with the rise in hunting in all different countries, its time conservation companies and people come together in trying to tackle this!

Sadly, we are seeing more and more hunters sharing their photographs on social media, showing off their hunt, with the animals injured or killed. Let us come together and change this, spreading the word and saving the endangered animals.

Let’s conserve our planet!

APPLY NOW and make a difference! 

By Aisha Benmeriem - Online Journalism Intern

Frontier runs terrestrial & marine conservationcommunityteaching and adventure projects in over 50 countries - join us and explore the world!