The Tiger was kept alive in the boat with the food and water that Pi delivered; thus developed a relationship allowing them to coexist in their struggle to survive for 227 days, while adrift on the Pacific Ocean. Our this story is about those real Royal Bengal tigers in their native habitat.
The Sunderban jungle have long been characterized by the Royal Bengal tigers that inhabit the land. Although these big cats are known predators, dangerous to be around, their majesty lends a certain serene character to the area. To be there is to be in the den of a creature that for thousands of years thrived at the apex of the food chain.
If you can get past the constant necessary foreboding, there a sense of calm that comes from walking the land and mangrove covered river-sides that these animals call home. Strong, proud, impressive: the descriptor Royal is indeed well-suited, the presence of these tigers seeping into every blade of grass and even the skies above the Sunderban.
It is truly a land of the tigers.
Now, however, these animals that once thrived are struggling even to get by. In 2004, there were an estimated 256 Royal Bengal tigers in the Sunderban. By 2013, that number had dropped by more than 50%, to 103. It would seem logical to point the finger directly at ourselves and our poachers, among other environmental impacts, but the reality of the situation is not so clear-cut.
While poachers have played a major role, it is now the lack of genetic diversity among Royal Bengal tigers that is contributing to their heavy losses. With so few genetic mutations available, the tigers’ hunting skills have suffered. In a way, this is an even more disappointing conclusion, because while we can arrest and jail the poachers, a lack of genetic diversity is a much more complicated problem to solve.
We're dedicated to raise awareness on these Tigers and help research projects with shooting an authentic documentary film. We will be using a drone camera in the Sunderban in order to capture never-before-seen perspectives of this stunning landscape along with its chief residents, the man-eating Royal Bengal tigers.
In light of this situation, our team has taken on the task of visiting and photographing the Royal Bengal tigers that call the Sunderban (meaning the “beautiful jungle”) home. Because the Sunderban, situated between India and Bangladesh along the Indian Ocean, is a UNESCO heritage site, getting permission has presented its own set of challenges. We have already gotten past this stage, however, and we are all set to begin filming in January 2016, weather permitting.
For the first ever, we will be using a very sophisticated advanced drone camera in the Sunderban in order to capture never-before-seen perspectives of this stunning landscape along with its chief residents, the man-eating Royal Bengal tigers. The drone camera is not limited in the way that a grounded camera is, and with the latest technology, the provide ultra-high-quality footage. Below is an example demo video shot by the drone camera.
Throughout the trip, day and night, we will remain on a boat deep inside the jungle, remaining in the middle of nature so that we can film all of the most powerful aspects of this visit - from early morning till late evening or dawn to dusk. It would be like Man-eater on the land and dangerous Crocodiles in the water; and our team will be living and breathing for many days and nights in that dangerous life-threatening environment.
Right now, we are turning to you, for help raising the amount. This operating capital will cover many of the costs associated with our project, making it much more feasible to do what we are doing.