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Natural World

  • Season 38
  • 10 episodes
  • Nature
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Episode 6: Natural World: Tigers - Hunting the Traffickers

Summary

Aldo Kane reports on the illegal tiger trade in South East Asia, with the endangered big cats trafficked for products including wine and glue made from their bones. He works alongside wildlife crime investigators working the key trafficking routes in Malaysia, China, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam, and uncovers shocking footage of breeding facilities and animals being fattened for slaughter. With fewer than 4,000 tigers left in the wild, this profitable illegal enterprise threatens to wipe the species out altogether.
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If you’re lucky, you won’t have heard of tiger bone wine, which in China is thought to have medicinal value. At one stage in this investigation, presenter Aldo Kane visits a tiger zoo in China and, hidden from view, finds dozens of cases of the wine. Round the back of another facility in Laos he finds a chest freezer with, inside, three complete frozen tiger cubs. In Vietnam, a colleague purchases a block of tiger bone “glue” (used as an aphrodisiac) for $7,000 a kilo.

And at every stage of his journey there are grim shots of captive tigers, kept in cages and enclosures, bred to feed the horrible trade in tiger parts, which, a conservationist says, “is completely out of control”. It’s a powerful, revealing film but you may want to skip the butchering scene at the end.

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PresenterAldo Kane

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DirectorLaura Warner
ProducerJo Pritchard
Series editorRoger Webb
Series producerHolly Spearing

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