Entries in conservation (242)


Valuing the Arc – How to Put a Financial Value on an Ecosystem

The research carried out by Frontier is frequently used in scientific studies. Today we speak to Neil Burgess, Programme Coordinator of the ‘Valuing the Arc’ project, which aims to attach a financial value to the ecosystem of the Eastern Arc Mountains in Tanzania, relying on data collected by Frontier since we started working there in 1989.

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A Hard Rain’s A gonna Fall: Lyrics that are Changing the World

In 1969, Mark Edwards was lost on the edge of the Sahara desert. He was eventually saved from this potentially life-threatening situation by a Tuareg nomad... The result, completed only recently, has been the spectacular impetus behind a project aimed at changing the world we live in: Hard Rain Project.

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A few weeks ago the seventh billion baby was born into the world: a demographic milestone which brought to the public’s attention the problems associated with population increase. This week on Into The Wild we will be looking to the future, and investigating ways in which tomorrow’s planet will be aided and enhanced by technology.

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Located hundreds of kilometres from the coast of Africa and separated from the continent by 165 million years of evolution, Madagascar is unique in its culture and biodiversity.

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In a week focusing on Africa, today we take you on a whistle-stop tour of beautiful Kenya and all it has to offer the curious traveller.

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To finish off the week we present some of the exciting internships available here in our London offices, ranging from researching biodiversity and conservation to assisting the online marketing team with website design and writing articles.

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Wildlife Photography – Kit Advice

Whilst achieving striking and effective wildlife photography is by no means utterly dependent on using quality equipment, it certainly doesn’t hurt your chances. So here is Frontier’s kit guide to the making your life as a budding wildlife photographer run that little bit more smoothly.

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A Brief Lesson in Wildlife Photography

Following this week's theme of wildlife photography, we will today be giving you a few pointers in achieving those memorable and amazing shots like we've been seeing from the wildlife photographer profiles earlier in the week.

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Wildlife Photography – Day 2

Continuing this week’s wonderful theme of wildlife photography, today we profile the work of another Frontier favourite: Roger Hooper.

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A Week of Wildlife Photography

This week’s blog theme is wildlife photography. For many, including several of us here at Frontier HQ, becoming a wildlife photographer would be a dream job. Anything that incorporates travel and wildlife is right up our street. So we thought we’d dedicate a week to this beautiful and inspirational art-form.

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5 Projects that will bring you close to Amazing Wildlife

Frontier has wildlife conservation projects all over the world. Despite the vast variety of locations and species on offer, all of the projects share in common the chance to bring you close to some incredible wildlife. Today we look at some of our most popular projects, as well as considering a few of the lesser-known opportunities available.

Australia - Wallaby Resuce

This project will see you working closely with both adult and baby wallabies injured by human activity. Taking you to the spectacular outback of Queensland in the north-east of Australia, this is a hugely rewarding and important project to get involved in. Baby wallabies are frequently left orphaned when older animals are killed for meat or injured in road traffic incidents. Your daily interaction with these vulnerable animals will see you build some strong bonds during your stay.

Madagascar – Marine Conservation & Diving
Learn to dive in some of the most beautiful and unexplored marine habitats on the planet. Your time in this amazing marine habitat will be shared with an extraordinary array of resident wildlife such as rays, reef fish, sea urchins, anemones, octopus and sea turtles. But this is only the beginning; dolphins, sharks and migrating whales are just a few of the larger animals lurking in the deeper waters. Madagascar is renowned for its unique wildlife, with 80% of species endemic to the island. You will be conducting vital research and surveys around these important ecosystems in order to establish future conservation efforts.

Costa Rica – Big Cats, Primates and Turtles
Costa Rica is home to the highest density of species anywhere in the world. You will be staying in the very heart of this unparalleled paradise exploring and documenting all it has to offer. Your base will be the camp on the shore of the pacific coast, from which you will set out on daily trips to survey the country’s wildlife, much of which is critically endangered. With the chance to witness such varied and rare species, such as the elusive jaguar, this project is a popular choice and will appeal to those with a real sense of adventure.  

China – Panda Breeding
An iconic species in an astonishing country; little wonder that this project is in such high demand. Offering the chance to play a part in the conservation of a truly remarkable species, the China panda breeding centre is an experience you will never forget. You will learn first-hand about what it takes to run a successful panda breeding programme. Duties will include feeding the pandas as well as the possibility of recording valuable data on the behaviour of these rare animals.
Italy – Dolphin Monitoring & Sailing
You don’t have to travel to the other side of the world to get a Frontier experience. The dolphin monitoring & sailing project in Italy offers an amazing opportunity much closer to home than you might have expected. Based on the island of Ischia off the coast of Naples, you will be sailing everyday to aid scientists in their research into all aspects of dolphin behaviour. All the training you need will be given to you once you arrive, although sea sickness might be a personal challenge to conquer.

Above are 5 excellent examples of how a Frontier project could bring you into contact with some of the world’s most mesmerising and endangered wildlife on the planet. See what else is on offer on the Frontier Website.


Into the Wild meets: Simon Watt

Channel 4’s BAFTA winning ‘Inside Nature’s Giants’ is a truly exciting and eye-opening series. As the name suggests, it takes a look inside some of the animal world’s most amazing creatures. Today, Frontier speaks to one of the shows presenters, Simon Watt, about all things animals and travel. The third series of the show is now on Channel 4, and the first episode aired last night.  

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Great Migrations of the Animal Kingdom: Part Three

In the third and final part of this week’s look at incredible animal journeys, it is today the turn of those down to earth creatures with their feet firmly on the ground, as Frontier considers terrestrial migrations of the animal world.

Wildebeest - Southern Serengei (Tanzania) to Masai Mara (Kenya)

No feature on great animal migrations could be complete without looking at this amazing spectacle made famous by countless natural history documentaries and wildlife photographers. Everyone is familiar with images of this mass movement, which often focus on the various predators gorging themselves as the millions of wildebeest make their annual voyage.

The migration begins in the lush, short grasses of the southern Serengeti, where the herds gather in November. It is here that the animals calve, giving birth to their young at the beginning of February. The heard remain in this location until around April, leaving only when the calves have gained enough strength for the journey ahead. This period sees many predators taking advantage of the vulnerable calves. As the long rains move westwards through the central Serengeti, the wildebeest head north-west in search of the fresh pastures these rains bring. This brings them into the Western corridor and towards the Grumeti River, the crossing of which in June brings about the herd's first contact with the well-documented crocodiles lying in wait for their arrival. July sees the drying of the grasslands, forcing the herds to move north in search of food. The wildebeest will face another croc-infested river crossing as they head for the grasses of the Masai Mara throughout August and September. After grazing in the lush Mara grasslands, the herds eventually begin to move south again during late October and November. A final crossing of the perilous Mara River is made en route to the southern short-grass plains of the southern-Serengeti where the cycle begins once more.        

Christmas Island Red Crabs – Forest to Coast

Despite their association with the sea, the annual migration of red crabs on Christmas Island is very much a terrestrial affair. Like all of the migrations covered in this feature, this must be an incredible thing to witness. At some point during October and November, approximately 120 million adult red crabs begin an amazing journey from the forests in which they normally reside. Streams of crabs must climb down steep inland cliffs to reach their destination. Having reached the coast, these adult crabs mate and release eggs into the sea. Each female lays approximately 120,000 fertilized eggs. After about a month in the sea, the eggs develop through various larval stages, before eventually forming into tiny crabs. The surviving individuals then move onto land and begin their journey back to the island’s inland forest.

By Alex Prior


Great Migrations of the Animal Kingdom

This week we’re looking at some of the most incredible mass migrations in the natural world. With so many amazing journeys to choose from, deciding which ones to explore was far from easy.

Kicking things off today with the marine world, be sure to stay tuned this week to learn more about some of the most iconic and awe-inspiring voyages undertaken by land and air.

Pacific Salmon Run – North America and Canada
All five species of Pacific salmon migrate between freshwater and saltwater during their life cycle. Having made the journey from the freshwater streams in which they are born to the sea, they then return to these freshwater sites to lay their own eggs. Different ‘runs’ exist within the different species of Pacific salmon, with the Adams River sockeye run being one of the most famous. During their strenuous and lengthy spawning mission, the salmon face many different dangers, such as starvation (they do not feed once they leave their saltwater habitat) and hunting by humans, bears, otters and eagles. Man-made dams are increasingly posing a problem to the salmon. As if this was not enough to contend with, the salmon then fight one-another once they arrive at the breeding grounds.

Sardine Run – Southern Africa
This annual extravaganza is one of nature’s most impressive spectacles. The ‘run’ begins in the cool waters south of the African continent, where large shoals of sardines form before moving north into the warmer waters of the Indian Ocean. This mass migration of hundreds of millions of sardines is brought about by the movement of their main food source, plankton. As a cold-water current moves to the north, the sardines have no choice but to follow. This in turn attracts a vast array of predators to the area such as dolphins, sharks, sea birds and the immense Bryde’s whale, creating what has been dubbed ‘the greatest shoal on Earth’. The BBC’s incredible footage of the phenomenon is a truly amazing watch.

By Alex Prior


Now & Then - Environmental Issues - part two