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Natural World

  • Season 31
  • 10 episodes
  • Nature
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Episode 2: Tiger Island: Natural World

Summary

A millionaire tries to save jungle tigers on the Indonesian island of Sumatra by capturing them in their natural habitat, then transporting them to his own land and setting them free. However, zoologist Alan Rabinowitz is unsure about the wisdom of his scheme, particularly given the dangers the big cats pose to humans, and decides to investigate further.

Review

A gorgeous Sumatran tiger snarls, struts and lashes out in her tiger “prison”. The unfortunate beast has been incarcerated because she is suspected of killing local villagers (the case has not been proved).

She is one of 12 captured Sumatran tigers who might or might not have attacked their human neighbours on the Indonesian island. The problem is that no one in authority knows what to do with these tigers and it’s likely they will die behind bars.

Controversial Indonesian businessman Tomy Winata is using a lump of his considerable fortune attempting to rehabilitate the maneaters before releasing them back into the wild. But conservationist, zoologist and tiger expert Alan Rabinowitz is sceptical. Though the released tigers are supposed to be radio-collared and monitored, the data from these devices that tracks their movements has disappeared. It’s a strange, unsettling story without an easy resolution.

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NarratorPaul McGann

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ProducerMike Birkhead
Series editorSteve Greenwood

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