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Wild Wild India - E3 The Man-Eater Of the Corbett

Decades ago, Jim Corbett rid the Uttarakhand’s Kumaon region of its man-eating tigers. Through his books and his efforts to aid the local people, he entered the folklore of Kumaon. Today, he is considered one of India's foremost environmentalists, whose efforts gave a new lease of life to the tigers. But what is their state now? Find out in this episode.

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    It was Rudyard Kipling of 'The Jungle Book' fame who once commented that the female of the species is deadlier than the male. Witness a true story which proves the truth of this adage, at least as far as Indian wildlife is concerned. In this story, two headstrong tigresses wage a proactive battle that changes the course of their lives.

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    Watch the heroic struggle of a group of 54 trekkers to survive in often hostile conditions at the immense altitude of 19,500 feet. With rivetting footage of the events as they unfolded in the higher reaches of the Himalayas, this real-life drama will have you at the edge of your seat.

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    Decades ago, Jim Corbett rid the Uttarakhand’s Kumaon region of its man-eating tigers. Through his books and his efforts to aid the local people, he entered the folklore of Kumaon. Today, he is considered one of India's foremost environmentalists, whose efforts gave a new lease of life to the tigers. But what is their state now? Find out in this episode.

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    Rehman Khera in Uttar Pradesh is a small village on the outskirts of Lucknow. The campus of Central Institute For Sub-Tropical Horticulture is the only structure of note in this hamlet. However, in January, 2012, Rehman Khera and the Central Institute caught the public eye when a wild tiger entered the area.

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    Who are the most talked and written-about tigers in India, whose fame has earned them the status of wild celebrities? Meet the tigers who are known for their special appeal and who have had huge fan following.

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    Sariska is a well-known tiger reserve, close to New Delhi, the national capital of India. However, its tiger population took a serious hit a few years ago. In this episode, we evaluate the measures that helped ensure the return of the tiger to this national park.

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    Sariska is a well-known tiger reserve, close to New Delhi, the national capital of India. However, its tiger population took a serious hit a few years ago. In this episode, we evaluate the measures that helped ensure the return of the tiger to this national park.

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    Located in Uttarakhand in the foothills of the Himalayas, Rajaji National Park is a national park and tiger reserve that encompasses the Shivaliks. Uncover the true story of the disappearance and resurgence of tigers in this habitat that is also home to several intriguing species of birds and plants.

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    Called the ‘land of roar and trumpet’, the forest in which Corbett National Park is situated is a place of flowing rivers, rugged hills and Sal trees. Thousands visit this world-famous National Park every year. And yet, few truly notice the element which provides health and vitality to its amazing forests- the Ramganga river. Explore the significance of this life force in this episode.

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    Situated in the heart of India in the state of Madhya Pradesh, Kanha National Park and Tiger Reserve is one of the best places in India to go tiger-spotting. Though that is not the only reason to take a safari through this reserve. This National Park also boasts of hosting Indian leopards, sloth bears, barasingha, and Indian wild dogs.

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    Elephants are much-revered and feared creatures in India. As their habitats are encroached upon, cases of elephants attacks increase. Conversations with victims of these attacks from the eroding elephant corridors of Uttarakhand, and those who have studied elephant behaviour for a long time reveal the true culprits behind this phenomenon. Also, witness the fearsome rage of these magnificent animals in this episode.

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    Set in the Bandhavgarh National Park in central India, this is the story of a family of Royal Bengal tigers. Watch this wild family experience death, hope, anxiety, and all else that makes up life in the forest. How do its members react to the visitors that flock to this popular national park? With two members dead, and a third one missing from the enclosure, there is no assurance that this story will have a happy ending.

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    Set in the Bandhavgarh National Park in central India, this is the story of a family of Royal Bengal tigers. Watch this wild family experience death, hope, anxiety, and all else that makes up life in the forest. How do its members react to the visitors that flock to this popular national park? With two members dead, and a third one missing from the enclosure, there is no assurance that this story will have a happy ending.

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    140 km west of the 'Blue City' of Jodhpur in the arid lands of Rajasthan lies Kheechan village. Every year, as winter appears, so do migratory cranes from Eurasia to this otherwise unremarkable destination. The villagers share their place with thousands of Demoiselle Cranes hovering and foraging just outside their home, till spring arrives.

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    In this episode, meet Dr Amte, a man who has earned himself the moniker 'Jungle Doctor'. For the past 40 years, he has been living in the wilderness. But he is not alone. He is accompanied by his wife, and their sons' families. All of them have turned their backs on modern civilization, for a just cause.

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    Understand the undeniable impact of human-animal conflicts in the beautiful hilly state of Uttarakhand. Are leopards and elephants in the region feeling the heat of human development, and paying the price for it?

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    Understand the undeniable impact of human-animal conflicts in the beautiful hilly state of Uttarakhand. Are leopards and elephants in the region feeling the heat of human development, and paying the price for it?

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    Explore the special bond between humans and blackbucks in this episode. Discover how the local community’s support for this herbivorous beast has allowed it to thrive in the desert.

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    E18 Wild Wonders Of Assam: Kaziranga
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    The Kaziranga National Park in the north-eastern state of Assam is a World Heritage Site recognized for its biodiversity. Known for its significant population of rhinos, the park is also home to Bengal tigers, elephants, wild water buffalo, and swamp deer.

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    E19 Wild Wonders Of Assam: Hoolock Gibbon & Pobitra
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    Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary in Assam is a blink-and-you-miss-it sanctuary, little known to the world. It houses India’s only ape- the Hoolock Gibbon. On carefully scanning the dense environment, these slender looking creatures swinging from one tree to the other, can be spotted. The Great Indian One Horned Rhinoceros is one of the few things that the state of Assam takes immense pride in. Interestingly, Kaziranga National Park is the place earmarked for this purpose by most travelers. But the fact is that the rhino can be found in several other sanctuaries all over Assam. The sanctuary stretches over 38 square kilometers but only about 16 square kilometers is the effective rhino habitat.

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    E20 Wild Wonders Of Assam: Manas
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    Manas is the Assamese National Park that was globally known for its rhinos. It then lost all of them. This episode captures the story of the return of the rhinoceros to this beautiful park.

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    E21 Bharatpur: A Bird’s Paradise
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    Formerly known as Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Keoladeo National Park in Rajasthan is a paradise for birds and bird-lovers. It’s home to countless number of Indian and migrant bird species, many of which travel thousands of kilometres each year to nest at this special site.

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    E22 The Valley Of Flowers & The Corbett Tragedies
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    A place so mythically beautiful that it has entered Himalayan folklore. Often referred to as a modern-day Shangri La, the Valley of FLowers is one of the last few places on Earth which can be called truly wild. Nature-lovers all over the world speak about it with hushed reverence. The Indian Government, not surprisingly, is zealously protective of the Valley, which has been declared a World Heritage Site. One can visit it, but nobody is allowed to stay here after sunset.

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    E23 Wild Odisha: Mangalajodi
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    Maharshi Valmiki, the Adikavi who gave the world the immortal epic- the Ramayana - was a highway robber. Legend has it that he came under the spell of Maharshi Narada and became a 'Brahmarshi'. A modern-day analogy may be found in the story of Mangalajodi in Odisha. Here is an amazing anecdote of how an entire village whose livelihood depended on poaching turned into die-hard conservationists

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    E24 The Leopard Hunt (Part 1)
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    Animal attacks can be devastating for humans and their animal assailants. When a leopard attacked and injured 6 in the northern state of Uttarakhand, on the borders of Corbett National Park, the aftermath was brutal. Bowing to public anger and anguish in response to the event, the foresters had to agree to capture the leopard.

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    E25 The Leopard Hunt (Part 2)
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    Animal attacks can be devastating for humans and their animal assailants. When a leopard attacked and injured 6 in the northern state of Uttarakhand, on the borders of Corbett National Park, the aftermath was brutal. Bowing to public anger and anguish in response to the event, the foresters had to agree to capture the leopard.

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