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Animal Planet is back with ‘Where Tigers Rule’

Actors Ajay Devgn, Bipasha Basu and Olympian Abhinav Bindra join the initiative

Animal Planet is back with ‘Where Tigers Rule’

Actors Ajay Devgn, Bipasha Basu and Olympian Abhinav Bindra join the initiative

BestMediaInfo Bureau | Delhi | March 13, 2013

Animal Planet is back with its month-long programming special ‘Where Tigers Rule’ to celebrate India’s national animal and bring to the fore engaging stories on this magnificent animal. Premiering every night at 9 PM in April, the show will present viewers with programmes on tiger behaviour, predatory skills, legends and issues related to its survival. The show has been filmed in breathtaking landscapes in India’s magnificent forests, grasslands and protected reserves.

Joining hands with Animal Planet are leading Bollywood actors Ajay Devgn, Bipasha Basu and Olympic Gold Medalist Abhinav Bindra, who share a passion for tigers. They will augment the channel’s efforts to generate nationwide interest on tigers and the threats affecting their survival.

Announcing the series, Rahul Johri, Senior VP and General Manager – South Asia, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific, said, “Animal Planet’s nationwide popularity will help create support for the national cause of tiger conservation. Tigers would rule television screens for an entire month. Viewers can follow the footsteps of these fascinating big cats and explore the intricacies of their role as predator and protector.”

Ajay Devgn commented, “The diminishing population of tigers is a national concern and requires collective action. I am delighted that Animal Planet has dedicated a month-long programming on our national treasure. I am confident that Where Tigers Rule will leave a lasting impact on the viewers’ minds.”

Bipasha Basusaid, “Where Tigers Rule is an invaluable initiative taken by Animal Planet to encourage viewers to comprehend the value of tigers. The show will create the passion required to save tigers from extinction.”

Olympic Gold Medalist Abhinav Bindra said, “The tiger symbolises strength, determination and persistence. Today it is being forced to compete for space with the ever growing human population. I feel privileged to be associated with Animal Planet to raise awareness about the need to conserve this strong yet endangered species.”

Some of the episodes include:

Secret Life of the Tiger: The tiger's traditional image is of a solitary, bloodthirsty killer. There are tales of man-eating tigers, of tigers fighting to the death and tigers killing tiger cubs. There is truth in all these tales but it is only part of the truth. This film explores the evolution of the tiger, its secret behaviour, why it is such a successful hunter and the way it has adapted to very different environments. Above all, it is a unique opportunity to observe the private life of one of the world's most charismatic creatures.

Broken Tail: Broken Tail is the name of the most flamboyant tiger cub Colin Stafford-Johnson had seen during many years spent filming India's wild tigers. After leaving his sanctuary and going on the run, Broken Tail survived for almost a year where many said it was impossible, in the unprotected badlands of rural Rajasthan.  Tracking Broken Tail's extraordinary journey, Colin and his soundman, Salim, piece together the cub's final days and, through Broken Tail's story, uncover stark truths about India's last wild tigers.

Return of the Tiger: About seven years ago, the tigers of Sariska Reserve were completely wiped out by poachers. It was a huge setback in the war to save this treasured species from extinction – but now conservationists are fighting back. This beautiful film follows a female tiger and a hot-blooded male over 18 months as they try to establish their new territory, learn to hunt their prey and dodge the ever-present threat of poachers.

India – Kingdom of the tiger: The film is a historical epic depicting India from 1910 to the modern era. The episode follows in the footsteps of Jim Corbett, the famed English hunter-naturalist, as he races to save an Indian village from the terror of a man-eating tiger. Along his journey he expresses his passion for tigers and explores the issues of tiger conservation. The dramatisation stars critically acclaimed Indian actress Smriti Mishra and Christopher Heyerdahi.



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