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Operation Snow Tiger

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Liz Bonnin, who was a wildlife biologist before her TV career, joins a group of experts in the brutally cold and inhospitable terrain of Siberia to track a handful of the world’s few remaining Siberian tigers. They are sleekly beautiful creatures but there are just 300 or so left in the wild. It’s the usual sad story: poachers killing the animals to sell body parts to the Chinese to be made into useless “medicines”. A Siberian tiger carcass can be worth up to $50,000.

The team sets up cameras throughout a snowy, dense forest in the hope of catching footage of the tigers, and there is much excitement when a ghostly, burning bright figure pops up one night to gaze dolefully into the lens. But Operation Snow Tiger soon becomes a rescue effort when three orphaned cubs are spotted in a blizzard.

Summary

Part one of two. The Siberian tiger is one of Earth's rarest and most elusive animals, with as few as 300 remaining. Liz Bonnin travels to the frozen forests of the far east of Russia to help a team of scientists whose goal is to uncover the hidden world of this mysterious predator, determine why their numbers are declining and see if anything can be done to improve their fortunes.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Liz Bonnin
Executive Producer Tim Martin
Series Director Dick Sharman
Series Producer Dick Sharman

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