THE CONSERVATION FRONT

We're here to strengthen awareness + encourage action through unique film + storytelling from the front line.

We’re a team of passionate conservationists with a mission of bringing people closer to wildlife. We make documentaries about species that face problems such as habitat destruction, poaching and human-wildlife conflicts. It is our goal to spread awareness about these issues and support local conservation efforts both financially and through telling their story to a wide audience.

Afonso is an enthusiastic filmmaker, start-up founder, and environmental engineer from the University of NSW Sydney. Currently finishing his thesis in Coastal Engineering, Afonso is attracted to anything that has a problem that needs solving.

He was born in Portugal and spent his teenage years in Uruguay, only later moving to Australia in pursuit of the perfect work-life balance while surrounded by the ocean. Afonso first started environmental projects while still in high school helping to construct ecological affordable housing out of ‘engineered mud’ and local materials.

Although The Conservation Front his is first conservation project, Afonso has always been involved in taking projects off the ground. In his first years in Australia, he co-founded a company to help patients recover from surgery while undergoing physical therapy and was involved in winning several entrepreneurship competition. While he is not studying or surfing, you can find him working at Mizzen, a logistics company located in the 1# business incubator in Australia.

Jason is a wildlife and conservation photographer from Adelaide, Australia. His passion for wildlife came about from an early age and as he got older he’s turned that passion into a career, with the goal of educating people about the amazing wildlife and wild places we share the planet with.

He has lived in South Africa for over 3 and half years doing his field guide course and landing a job as a rhino monitor for an NGO. He was in the position for over a year and during this time he learnt so much about white rhinos, their personalities and characters. It was during this time with the rhinos that Jason was able to develop his photography skills and saw an opportunity to use photos and story telling to raise awareness for these amazing animals. This has led to Jason working with rangers in both Sumatra and Borneo.

Jason is a wildlife and conservation photographer from Adelaide, Australia. His passion for wildlife came about from an early age and as he got older he’s turned that passion into a career, with the goal of educating people about the amazing wildlife and wild places we share the planet with.

He has lived in South Africa for over 3 and half years doing his field guide course and landing a job as a rhino monitor for an NGO. He was in the position for over a year and during this time he learnt so much about white rhinos, their personalities and characters. It was during this time with the rhinos that Jason was able to develop his photography skills and saw an opportunity to use photos and story telling to raise awareness for these amazing animals. This has led to Jason working with rangers in both Sumatra and Borneo.

Sterrin is a Dutch ecologist and herpetologist with a big passion for wildlife conservation. She recently graduated Cum Laude from Wageningen University and currently focusses on her education business Sterrin’s Wild World.

Sterrin provides educational shows and lectures to a broad audience, ranging from small children to university professors on reptiles and their conservation issues. Besides her educational work Sterrin also conducts scientific research on various reptiles.

She studied reptile-environment relationships of the reptiles in South Africa, the effects of climate change on crocodilians in West Africa, parthenogenesis in snakes and many more topics. It’s her dream to spread her message of wildlife conservation to many more people globally and to inspire the next generation of conservationists.

Reinhardt is a full time film maker based in Adelaide, Australia. He was born in South Africa and migrated to Australia with his family in 2010.

His creative interest in photography and videography started in 2008 when he visited the Kruger National Park in South Africa for the first time.

Since then he’s been taking photos and creating videos sharing the beauty of our planet.

Reinhardt is a full time film maker based in Adelaide, Australia. He was born in South Africa and migrated to Australia with his family in 2010.

His creative interest in photography and videography started in 2008 when he visited the Kruger National Park in South Africa for the first time.

Since then he’s been taking photos and creating videos sharing the beauty of our planet.

Irish born, Australian raised, and now residing somewhere in jungles of Indonesia, Sean has always been consumed by a fascination with the natural world. Starting in the media industry as a teenager, and later studying environmental science at uni, Sean found his niche working on the children’s wildlife TV program “Totally Wild”.

From there he moved around in different producing roles, both within network TV and for independent production companies; always pursuing a story worth telling, and helping his creative team achieve their vision. Longing to work within a team of like-minded conservation communicators, when the opportunity arose to be part of the Conservation Front team, his full commitment to creating content with this collective was instantaneous.

He looks forward to reaching out to more people globally, engaging them with the plight of species threatened with extinction, and hopefully inspiring the audience to become more involved with the fight to protect the last of the wild places.

My name is Santiago Cabral, 26 years old and born in Uruguay. After graduating from an IB league school I decided to move to South Africa and become a safari field guide and after almost a year of field guide training I decided to become a Dive-Master – while working with different species of sharks and doing guided dives on the South African coast.

Then, I was lucky enough to start working with different field crews around the world and gaining experience to what had always been my goal, becoming a wildlife camera operator. First doing camera assistant jobs, then second camera operator and most recently main camera operator jobs – I have been fortunate to work on several productions and documentaries for the BBC, National Geographic, Nat Geo Wild, Discovery Channel and Netflix on programs such as ‘David Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur’, ‘Big Cats’, ‘Primates’, ‘Seven Worlds’, ‘Our Planet’ and others.

As a topside and underwater wildlife camera operator with experience on several different camera set-ups and systems and I am looking forward to keep working on projects and productions which will help share the beauty of the natural world in order to protect it.

My name is Santiago Cabral, 26 years old and born in Uruguay. After graduating from an IB league school I decided to move to South Africa and become a safari field guide and after almost a year of field guide training I decided to become a Dive-Master – while working with different species of sharks and doing guided dives on the South African coast.

Then, I was lucky enough to start working with different field crews around the world and gaining experience to what had always been my goal, becoming a wildlife camera operator. First doing camera assistant jobs, then second camera operator and most recently main camera operator jobs – I have been fortunate to work on several productions and documentaries for the BBC, National Geographic, Nat Geo Wild, Discovery Channel and Netflix on programs such as ‘David Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur’, ‘Big Cats’, ‘Primates’, ‘Seven Worlds’, ‘Our Planet’ and others.

As a topside and underwater wildlife camera operator with experience on several different camera set-ups and systems and I am looking forward to keep working on projects and productions which will help share the beauty of the natural world in order to protect it.

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