CNN-IBN to telecast new series on endangered wildlife

January 7th, 2009 - 8:12 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Jan 7 (IANS) CNN-IBN will Saturday begin a new series on India’s most endangered wildlife species in its flagship environment series, “Citizen for Earth”, encapsulated in five episodes. Journalist Bahar Dutt, the channel’s environment editor, will anchor the series that will journey to the desolate interiors of the Rann of Kutch, Chambal in Rajasthan, Assam, Tripura and Orissa to bring the endangered species’ tales of survival, a CNN-IBN statement said Wednesday.

The series to be telecast at 9 p.m. on Saturdays and at 11.30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Sundays, will celebrate the contribution of the people who have dedicated their lives to protecting endangered wild animals and will take a look at a day in their lives. Also, the series will feature possible solutions to protecting India’s most endangered animals besides capturing the issue of human-wildlife conflicts, the release said.

“Wildlife really is the untamed natural essence of our environment. India is the ideal place for the wildlife enthusiasts with its immense variety of flora and fauna and it is very important to save the fascinating species on the verge of extinction. The second season of Citizens for Earth is to enlighten our viewers and also to highlight the contribution of the people working to save the endangered animals in the country.” Rajdeep Sardesai, editor-in-chief of IBN 18 Network, said.

The episodes include “Storm in the Rann”, “Queen of Chambal”, “Big Special Special”, “Turtle Trouble” and “Monkey Mania”, the release said.

In “Storm in the Rann”, the survival of pink flamingoes and the Indian wild ass will be highlighted. The Indian wild ass is an endangered animal, found only in this part of Gujarat.

Subsequently, “Queen of Chambal” will highlight the story of the Indian gharial, included in the endangered list last year since a mysterious disease wiped out over a hundred of them in Chambal river. The episode examines why tigers, lions and the leopards are on the brink of extinction and explores if the big cats can survive in forests.

“Turtle Trouble” will pan on the beaches of Orissa, detailing the dying of Olive Ridley turtles because of over fishing and developments along the coast. Protection of Orissa’s shores to allow these turtles to continue laying eggs will be the focus of the episode.

“Monkey Mania” will feature 13 species of primates found in northeast India like the Hoolock Gibbon and the Golden Langur.

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