Saturday, 4 January 2014
NEWSLINK: Operation Snow Tiger: A rare glimpse into the wild
When I first got the call to film for Operation Snow Tiger I knew we were in for a challenge. Siberian tigers are something of a wildlife holy grail, as almost no one has filmed them in the wild before. Often when you think of tigers it conjures up an image of an Indian safari with a tiger basking in the shade of a tree, these days typically surrounded by jeeps full of tourists snapping away on their cameras.
With Siberian tigers it’s a different ball game altogether. They are eking out an existence on the very edge of a tiger range in one of the harshest environments on the planet. In the Sikhote Alin reserve, 12 hours’ drive north of Vladivostok, temperatures can drop to -40C, which makes filming almost impossible.
We had to keep cameras outside at night so that lenses didn’t fog up and freeze with the temperature change and batteries would last just a matter of minutes unless we kept them warm with heatpacks. READ MORE