Wild Strongholds is a series dedicated to telling hunting stories and the role hunting plays in the conservation of wildlife around the globe. Wild Strongholds is a human interest show that focuses on the collaboration of many people to protect wildlife and wild places. Many successful hunts start with the efforts of agents, guides, outfitters, biologists and local people. Wild Strongholds, through extensive interviews and unique wildlife footage, portrays the continuing conservation efforts and the effects that those efforts have on local communities, habitat, and the future of our wild habitats. The show explores how individuals in their homelands manage their ecosystems and how they are adapting to the increase of human wildlife conflicts that threaten wild spaces.
Edward J. Hudson has been a naturalist since childhood. He has traveled the world but not until recently has Ed decided to travel the world while pursuing his love of nature and hunting. Growing up, Ed remembers being told stories of how there used to be more deer, more sheep, and more game. He’s tired of hearing stories of there being more game and has become an avid wildlife conservationist because of stories from the past like these. Since 2017, Ed has hunted the rainforest of Cameroon for Bongo, the Savanna of Cameroon for Lord Derby Eland, the Pamir Mountains of Tajikistan for Marco Polo argali, the Hindu-Kush and Karakoram Mountains of Pakistan for Markhor, the Altai Mountains and Hangai Mountains of Mongolia for the largest of all the sheep of the world. Ed’s passion for conservation has driven him to educate others by creating Wild Strongholds to create a vehicle with which to entertain and educate the public about the conservation efforts of local communities and governments around the world. The majority of hunters are very misinterpreted and portrayed poorly by a very loud, vocal, and small subset of world’s population. People in this world tend to listen to the loudest voices and it’s hard to ignore someone that’s screaming in your face. Ed would like to change the perception and try to sway people to understand what hunters are doing, has a purpose. It’s my hope that one day, there will be more snow leopards, more brown bears, more lynx, ibex, and sheep so that his daughter, one day, can see it and ask “Daddy is this how it used to be?” and he can respond with “No. it’s not. It’s much better now.”