hunt for the russian tiger

Wildlife researcher Chris Morgan faces a huge challenge: to find traces of the Siberian tiger in Russia’s Far Eastern forests.

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1 x 60'

Production Company

Mike Birkhead Associates for Terra Mater Factual Studios in co-production with Thirteen WNET/New York






IWFF International Wildlife Film Festival 2013 (Missoula, USA): Best Cinematography (a tie)
IWFF International Wildlife Film Festival 2013 (Missoula, USA): Best in Category: Presenter/Host
IWFF International Wildlife Film Festival 2013 (Missoula, USA): Best in Category: Human/Wildlife Interaction

Episode Information

British ecologist and wildlife researcher Chris Morgan has tracked large predators in some of the wildest and most remote places on Earth. He now faces his greatest challenge yet: to nd and lm the Siberian tiger living wild and free in Russia’s Far Eastern forests. It has long been accepted as impossible to lm the largest big cats on Earth in the wild. But then Sooyong Park, a Korean cameraman, emerged from years in the forest with some extraordinary footage. Nobody had achieved anything like it before or since. To get his remarkable footage, Sooyong spent years tracking tigers over their huge territories. When he had identifed the places they visited regularly, he dug himself into an underground pit and, unbelievably, stayed there for months at a time waiting for the tigers to come. Meeting up with Sooyong Park, Chris will learn how he found the tigers and will soon come to understand the enormity of what Sooyong achieved in capturing the images that we are now able to use. Chris Morgan’s energy and enthusiasm will carry us off into his most challenging, most arduous and deeply affecting adventure yet.

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