Nature: Siberian Tiger Quest
Airs Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 8 p.m. & Sunday, July 28 at 4 p.m. on KPBS TV
Originally published October 8, 2012 at 7:20 p.m., updated July 18, 2013 at 1:36 p.m.
Hunted almost to extinction, the last wild Siberian tigers can only be found in the forests of the far eastern Russian frontier – but not easily. And they had never been filmed in the wild, until one man went to new extremes in order to succeed where all others had failed.
Filmmaker Sooyong Park left friends and family in Korea to spend more than five years alone in the wild, confined for months in tiny pits in the ground or 4-foot hides in trees, watching and waiting for even a glimpse of the elusive creatures.
Then, in 2005, after incomprehensible hardship and devotion to his task, Park emerged from the frozen forests with over a thousand extraordinary hours of wild tiger footage that told the story of three generations of a Russian tiger dynasty.
NATURE’s 2012 season premiere, "Siberian Tiger Quest," joins bear ecologist and conservationist, Chris Morgan, recently featured in NATURE’s "Bears of the Last Frontier," as he travels to Siberia to meet with and spend time with Park, retracing his daunting journey, and learning first hand just how hard it would be to replicate Park’s remarkable accomplishment.
Having tracked large predators in some of the wildest and most remote places on Earth, Morgan hopes to fulfill his own lifelong dream to find and film a Siberian tiger in the wild.