Smithsonian Channel has commissioned two new major natural history productions about Brazil as part of its recent channel launch in the country.
Co-produced by Brazil’s Canal Azul Films and UK’s Plimsoll Productions, Jaguarland and Brazil’s Emerald Oasis will delve into the rich world of Brazil’s Pantanal wetlands. The two one-hour specials will reveal the mosaic of grasslands, woodlands, rivers and lakes that a variety of species call home, including jaguars, tapirs, capybara, along with numerous birds.
A small area within the Pantanal contains the highest density of jaguars in the world, known as Jaguarland. The Jaguarland special follows the lives of several of these big cats where they hunt caiman and capybara, and whose presence draws in tourists. Once considered a threat, these jaguars are now perceived as a valuable asset to the growth of ecotourism.
Meanwhile, in Brazil’s Emerald Oasis, audiences are taken to the shores of Rebel Lake during the dry season where animals gather to its waters. Animals drawn to the water source include mammoth tapirs, birds, caimans and jaguars.
The specials are executive produced by Luis Antonio Silvera of Canal Azul and Martha Holmes and Andrew Jackson of Plimsoll Productions and produced and directed by Steve Cole. Tria Thalman and David Royle serve as executive producers for Smithsonian Channel.
Jaguarland and Brazil’s Emerald Oasis will premiere this year in Brazil and internationally on Smithsonian Channel.