The BBC’s Natural History Unit has filmed the rare Siberian tiger for a two-part series, Operation Snow Tiger, which launches June 9 on BBC2.
The program, premiering at 8 p.m. GMT, marks the first time the BBC NHU has caught the Siberian tiger on film.
In Operation Snow Tiger, tiger expert Liz Bonnin, Russian biologist Dr. Victor Lukarevsky and a crew of scientists attempt to track and document the lives of these giant cats, as they journey through the wilds of Siberia.
“The Russian Far East is a spectacularly beautiful and extremely challenging environment to work in,” said presenter Bonnin. “It was a real privilege to work with scientists who rightly believe that losing the tiger from this landscape is simply unacceptable, and who work tirelessly to prevent its extinction against seemingly insurmountable odds.”
“Liz Bonnin has the right combination of knowledge, passion and courage to investigate these charismatic predators who are increasingly threatened in the harsh and hostile Siberian wilderness,” added Tom Edwards, BBC1 and BBC2 features and formats commissioning. “The footage they’ve captured is extraordinary and utterly unique – and wonderful to watch.”
Operation Snow Tiger is executive produced by Tim Martin and produced by Ted Oakes.