This was a particular highlight from this year’s TV programming, and my personal favourite of 2010. In a new adventuring style of format from the BBC’s Natural History Unit, a unique team of experts ventured into the vastly diverse landscapes of Bhutan. They crept through undergrowth, clambered over the Himalayan mountains and swept down rivers in search of the beautiful and rare wild tigers.
Folklore and rumours surrounded the existence of these tigers, which are incredibly endangered. If the team could demonstrate their existence from the lowland jungles to the hostile high altitudes then there could be hope for a tiger ‘corridor’.
This space would stretch not just across Bhutan, but across the Asian continent, and would mean that the tigers might not be doomed just yet. The genuine passion of the expedition team Twas incredibly touching, as they hunted literally high and low. Gordon Buchanan, an experienced big cat cameraman, is one to watch for the future. I have to confess that when he watched footage, giving concrete evidence that the tigers were there, I shed a tear. Ok, maybe several.
Watch Lost Land of the Tiger – September 2010 on BBC1