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My latest show preview: Siberian Tiger Quest

Here’s a link to our latest PBS Nature show – an amazing adventure on the trail of the Siberian tiger in Russia that I had in March. I think you’ll really enjoy it – Sooyong Park is an incredible individual – it was very special spending this time with him. More info below the clip. It airs on October 10th, 2012 on PBS Nature.

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Hunted almost to extinction, the last wild Siberian tigers can only be found in the forests of the far eastern Russian frontier—but not easily. Ecologist Chris Morgan embarks on a challenge that will fulfill a lifelong dream — to find and film a Siberian tiger living wild and free in these forests. To help him, Morgan turns to Korean filmmaker Sooyong Park, the first individual ever to film Siberian tigers in the wild. Park spent more than five years watching and waiting for a glimpse of the elusive creatures, confined sometimes for months in tiny underground pits or 15-foot hides in trees. His technique was unconventional, but produced more than a thousand hours of wild tiger footage that told the story of a three-generation tiger dynasty. During their time together, Park teaches Morgan the secrets of tracking tigers—where to look and what to look for in these vast, seemingly-uninhabited frozen forests. Eventually, Morgan’s mentor and guide leaves him to his own private quest, and it is up to Morgan to follow the tracks and markings of these giant cats, searching out spots where tigers are prone to hunt, setting up cameras he hopes will also capture a precious image of a wild Siberian tiger.

One thought on “My latest show preview: Siberian Tiger Quest”

  1. Yes, Park is truly amazing – the way he recounted his experiences was just enthralling, esp. the part about how he willed himself not to make eye contact with his assistant, lest his endurance waned at seeing a fellow human. ("only three months" – that made me laugh!)

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