Animal Planet announces 52 week India Wild Encounters series

New Delhi: Animal Planet is all set to celebrate the rich and enchanting wildlife of India through-out 2012. Meet the real wildlife explorers – Jeff Corwin, Austin Stevens and Dave Salmoni as they set out on their explorations to learn more about the wild animals of India in the 52 week special India Wild Encounters. The special line-up starts from January 26 – February 26 every day at 8pm and will continue later as a weekly slot every Thursday at 8 pm.

India Wild Encounters provides a fascinating tour of the unique and rich wildlife of India. It captures the enthralling stories such as a rhino’s journey from infancy to adolescence, Ranthambhore’s big cats, tigers of Sunderbans and the elephants of North East India. The series also follows the endangered river dolphins of Ganges and King Cobra that lives in the remote forests of South India.

Commenting on the Indian content line-up, Rahul Johri, senior vice president and general manager – South Asia, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific said, “We are delighted to bring this unique programming line-up for 52 weeks to television homes in India. India: Wild Encounters will premiere never-seen before wild life encounters and feature global personalities. This unprecedented content offering is in line with Animal Planet’s strategy to continue to be India’s foremost destination for wildlife television entertainment. We are confident that India: Wild Encounters will generate immense interest amongst the viewers and trade alike.”

Animals featured in India Wild Encounters

Rhino Journey:An individual female Nepalese rhino, Bachada, develops from infancy through adolescence to maturity. The Chitwan Valley in Nepal — home of the tiger, peacock, langurs and macaques, land of changing river courses and permanent lakes — is the backdrop for the story of the biology and social behavior of the greater one-horned rhinoceros, an ancient animal survived the Pleistocene Ice Age and was already venerated by humans as early as 2000 BC.

Crocodile Blues:Among the foothills of the Himalayan mountain range, in the chilly waters of the Girwa River live two of the strangest and most endangered fishers on earth. One, the Gharial is a weird-looking crocodile with a narrow, tooth-studded snout. The other is the Ganges River Dolphin a small blue-grey cetacean with an almost identical narrow jaw.

In Search of the King Cobra:Austin Stevens – photographer, herpetologist and adventurer extraordinaire, takes to the remote jungles of Southern India in pursuit of the world’s largest venomous snake. The king of all snakes. The King cobra is 18 feet in length, has a head as big as a hand and stands tall enough to look a grown man straight in the eye. They can also inject enough neurotoxic venom in a single bite to kill more than 20 men.

Tigers Of The Sunderbans:The Sundarbans is one of the last places on Earth where tigers still thrive in large numbers. But there is trouble brewing as the tigers of Bangladesh are turning to humans – killing up to 100 people a year. Elsewhere in India, tigers rarely kill people, and those that do are usually sick and weak. However the tigers that patrol the wet mangrove forests are perfectly healthy, and the reason for them starting to attack humans is a mystery.

Menacing Elephants:Zoologist and predator expert Dave Salmoni is no stranger to danger. But this is his first time on the front line of a war between humans and elephants. Joining forces with an armed elephant squad, Dave helps defend the villages of North East India from rampaging elephants in the dead of night.

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