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MIPCOM Picks 2012: American Tiger

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.
September 25, 2012

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?

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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