New Delhi, February 23, 2016: India’s foremost wildlife channel Animal Planet has announced its 5th annual campaign to protect and conserve the tiger population in India.
Bollywood’s leading actor Sonakshi Sinha will be the face of Animal Planet’s 2016 WHERE TIGERS RULE campaign. “Danger Se Darr Nahi Lagta Endangered Se Lagta Hai” said Sonakshi Sinha expressing her long held emotion on the tiger crisis in India.
The campaign will have Sonakshi Sinha inviting viewers to watch the month long programming on tigers and will relate her affection and dependence on her mother to a cubs’ love for their mother.
Starting March 1, every night at 9 PM, Animal Planet will offer viewers an unprecedented access into the lives, habitats, behavior of various tiger species. WHERE TIGERS RULE will bring to fore captivating stories of tigers – their co-existence with humans, the threatening environment and the conservation efforts of leading experts from India and around the world. Filmed in breathtaking landscapes located in India’s magnificent forests, grasslands and protect reserves, including Madhya Pradesh’s Kanha and Bandhavgarh National Parks, Uttarakhand’s Jim Corbett National Park, Rajasthan’s Sariska and Ranthambore National Parks, West Bengal’s Sunderbans, and Maharashtra’s Tadoba; WHERE TIGERS RULE provides an intimate look into the mysterious world of the tiger.
Announcing Animal Planet’s 2016 WHERE TIGERS RULE campaign, Rahul Johri, EVP & GM – South Asia, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific said, “My entire team feels deeply gratified that the tiger population in India has increased in the last few years. Our WHERE TIGERS RULE campaign attempts to bring attention to the imminent danger to tigers and to sensitise millions of viewers through breathtaking programming. We are ecstatic that we have made a small and vital contribution.”
Rahul Johri added, “The challenge is far from over and we will continue to invest our resources and energy and lead the campaign from the front.”
Revealing her true passion for wildlife leading Bollywood Star Sonakshi Sinha said, “I feel fortunate that I can participate in this wonderful cause and be a change agent. I believe that humans have to respect other species and their habitats and adapt to co-exist. My parents took me to a national park to see a tiger and I would certainly love to take my children one day and show them this magnificent creature.”
Nearly half of the tiger species in the world have been wiped out in the last 100 years. Out of the nine species of tigers, four are extinct in the wild and five are endangered. India is home to more than 50 per cent of the tiger population in the world and therefore the epicenter of all action.
Watched by over 30 million viewers in India (cumulative viewership for year 2015), Animal Planet’s WHERE TIGERS RULE is an initiative to reach viewers around the country and inform them about the importance of its survival in the wilderness. The series also travels to countries like Sumatra and Russia to track the last living species of the tiger.
About Animal Planet
Animal Planet is the world’s only brand that immerses viewers in emotional, engaging and passionate content devoted to animals –from wildlife to pets. Animal Planet connects humans and animals with rich, deep content and offers animal lovers access to entertainment, information and enrichment. Animal Planet launched in Asia Pacific in 1998 and is currently distributed to 183 million subscribers in the region.