MIPCOM Picks 2012: American Tiger
Partners: Périphéria Productions in association with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation; distributed by Filmoption International
Length: 1 x 45 minutes
Aired: February 2012 (‘The Nature of Things,’ CBC, Canada)
Rights available: Worldwide, excluding Canada
Contrary to what many of us might believe, most tigers today are not prowling wild jungles in search of their next meal, but are living in captivity, and not necessarily in zoos. Some experts say that the number of tigers living in the United States may be nearly double that of those in the wild, and the majority of them are privately owned. This special, non-hunting cat is living longer than its counterparts in the wild, and may provide some genetic information that can help save wild tigers on the verge of extinction. But with six sub-species of tiger potentially facing that fate, is private ownership something to be encouraged or eradicated?