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Congratulations Charith! September 11, 2006 7:18 PM

Hey there,

In case you did not know, Charith, the owner of this group has been running around filming and editing his documentary "Season of the Spirit Bear" for Animal Planet. Well, by next week he will be submitting the culmination of all his tremendous efforts to Animal Planet. This is a special time for our beloved host and I think we should all give him the congratulations he deserves (even if he cannot be here).

Come November, we will finally be able to see his hard work come to life for millions of viewers! Stay posted to find out dates and times.

You can view Charith's blog, Lost in the Jungle, here.

Congratulations, Charith!



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 September 11, 2006 7:56 PM

CONGRATULATIONS CHARITH....Animal Planet is one of my favorite channels...I watch it all the time...I look forward to watching yours.

Connie

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 September 11, 2006 8:00 PM

Thanks for posting this, Kuba.  I do urge everyone to take a look at Charith's blog! 

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Cat and dog fight at night September 11, 2006 10:28 PM

Hi Charith,
Funny how the tame things in life cause the greatest injury. Well, maybe not funny. The keeper at the facility I volunteer at takes care of leopards, jaguars, and tigers. How did she break her arm? Her new kitten ran in front of her feet.
Funny to me and you perhaps, not so funny to her.
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 September 12, 2006 9:56 AM

Cannot wait to see this!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 November 01, 2006 3:30 AM

A belated thanks to Kuba and everyone for this. I have been in hospital fighting a pretty bad infection and was only released last week, so have missed out.

Anyway I am pretty excited about the showing airing. Its not like a big budget  BBC production or anything like that - but quite special anyway. By the way, I would be interested to know from Iain and those of you in Europe about the last part of the show. There is a certain scene in there which was judged to be too graphic by the censors in the UK, so I'm not sure if its been kept in the version that you see or not.

In any case, for those of you in the US who won't get to see the show, drop me a line and I'll send you a copy. (Hopefully Animal Planet USA will air it eventually)

All the best
Charith
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 November 01, 2006 3:44 PM

I don't suppose they will be airing it in Canada, will they? If not, I will definately have to find a way to get a copy.  [ send green star]
 
 November 01, 2006 7:17 PM

Not sure about Canada either. Will find out more.    [ send green star]
 
 November 02, 2006 9:40 AM

Coooooooooooooooool!  I'll remember the title, and look forward to it!   [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
I agree - Congratulations, Charith! November 03, 2006 2:08 PM

I found this link for the film on Animal Planet - and I hope it is for Europe (and me I have made a note in my calendar!
> Animal Planet - Season of the Spirit Bear Nov 26 at 9pm read more there

And on the same website there is a link where you can download a Big Cat as wallpaper to your computer.
>Animal Planet - Big Cats as Wallpaper
Why not have a leopard on the screen?

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 November 03, 2006 9:15 PM

Thanks everyone! And Margareta, I think the show will be airing earlier in Europe - on the 18th November - keep an eye out for it!  [ send green star]
 
Hurray! At last! November 15, 2006 12:48 PM

I have tried to find the program at Animal Planet in Europe, but as I do not speak all languages ...
Here is what I found about the program in TV-listings at ANIMAL PLANET in SOME countries!
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19:00 UK Sat - Nov 18   
Season Of The Spirit Bear
Natural history and tribal folklore combine to give a unique insight into one of Sri Lanka's most endangered and charismatic mammals - the Sloth Bear.

Rerun in UK -> lucky you!
03:00 UK - Nov 18 ->early morning Nov 19
Season Of The Spirit Bear
Natural history and tribal folklore combine to give a unique insight into one of Sri Lanka's most endangered and charismatic mammals - the Sloth Bear.
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13:00 - Nederlands - Sat Nov 18
Wild Indonesia, Magical Forests -(I hope it is Season of the Spirit Bear!!!)
Indonesië vormt met zijn 17.000 eilanden 's werelds grootste, meest gevarieerde archipel. Deze serie gaat over een van de boeiendste gebieden op aarde en de dieren die er leven.
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13:00 - Danmark/Denmark - Sat Nov 18
Det vilde Indonesien, Fortryllende skove
Indonesiens 17.000 øer er det største og mest alsidige øhav i verden. Serien fortæller historien om en af verdens mest spændende regioner og dens natur.
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13:00 - Norge/Norway  - Sat Nov 18   
Vilt i Indonesia, Magiske skoger
Indonesias 17 000 øyer utgjør den største og mest varierte øygruppe på kloden. Denne serien forteller historien om en av verdens mest fascinerende regioner og dens dyreverden.
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13:00 - Sweden - Sat Nov 18 I think/hope it could be Charith's film!
Vilda Indonesien, Magiska skogar
Indonesiens 17000 öar utgör jordens största och mest varierade arkipelag. I den här serien skildras en av världens mest fascinerande regioner och dess djurliv.
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So sorry, I could not find anything in the German, Italian or French TV-programs! Only a lot of crocodiles, snakes and funny animals, etc
And I do not speak Polish, Roumanian, etc So - Members living in other European countries, please, check >
>::: Discovery Channel :::Animal Planet in Europe
 - click on your country - find Animal Planet in a sidelink in the dark blue frame down left corner (or not at all; as in France or South Africa! Why??) click then on TV-listings and date!

It seems there is no rerun in Sweden - so - you'll find me in front of the TV on Saturday, Nov 18 at 13:00!
Please, do not call, I will not answer the telephone!
Margareta

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Congratulations, Charith November 15, 2006 7:32 PM

Well done, Charith-fantatsic to hear of your recovery and am looking forward to catching the film.Congratulations!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 November 16, 2006 4:54 AM

Prasanna! Great to hear from you - and thanks. Hope you can catch the show!

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Congratulations, Charith November 16, 2006 7:04 AM

Charith, sorry for the long absence-am now back in Thailand after finishing the gig in Cambodia:had some interesting times, went back to Sri lanka briefly and am now in Chiang Mai.Am really looking forward to seeing the Prog on Nov 26.I'll spread the word around as much as poss.Congrats on  meeting your hero David Attenborough as well.Plus, really enjoy reading your Blog-keep going, you make the difference.Fantastic job.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 November 19, 2006 9:31 PM

I would love to hear some reactions...I will not be able to see it any time soon.  [ send green star]
 
Kuba ... November 20, 2006 5:05 AM

I missed the program, because of family matters, and I forgot to put on the recorder!
I cannot see if there will be any re-runs for ME, but I have mailed to the Swedish office of Animal Planet and begged for it! It is a SERIE, isn't it?

But I hope the Britons looked at it, they had TWO chances!
Margareta
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Congratulations Charith! November 22, 2006 10:57 PM

Can't wait to see this Charith  

Here in Australia it is showing this Sunday (26th Nov) at either 7:30pm or 8:30pm.

I dont have cable TV so I am getting a friend to tape it for me.  There is some confusion over the scheduling of the show but hopefully I will get it on tape to watch next week.

Can't wait

 

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 November 24, 2006 8:24 AM

Thanks Nikki!
Just two days to go - have to admit, am a bit nervous... especially since all the naturalists I know on this side of the world will be watching too!  [ send green star]
 
Congratulations Charith! November 26, 2006 4:55 PM

Charith,
Fantastic program on the Sloth Bear."Season of the Sprit Bear" brought home to me why we love the jungles of Sri Lanka, and all the pressures on these fast receding oases in a country torn apart by strife.The bear footage was amazing, and the accompanying commentary was just right-right on the ball.The Veddahs came across as the last guardians of the wilderness, which is spot on, and the insertion of the poaching pressures on the Bear  was great.The peacher who had his face torn off was a salutary reminder why it doesnt take to mess with Bears.
The jungles were so evocative-that was the Wasgomuwa reserve, I guess-might be wrong, but I think so.The film didnt go into the steady decline of habitat and the dwindling species, but the underlying subtext was there.The Leopard footage too was great, together with the big Tusker coming to the Palu tree with the olod female bear waiting under.That was magic.Hats off to you and your team, great camera work, and great production.Makes me proud to share some of heritage with the world, and you made it possible.Well done! Everyone, hope you caught the program, if you didnt, buy beg borrow or steal it.... its a great tribute to Charith and to the Sri Lankan jungles.
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 November 26, 2006 6:35 PM

Thanks very much Prasanna - I'll be sure to pass this on to the team.

And I am glad that the leopard footage went down well (they were a particular soft spot for me!) And of course the old tusker was a bonus - and we couldn't have asked for anything better than the bear cub jumping all over his mum! I am relieved that its finally out... phew! Had to work hard for this one!
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Congratulations, Charith November 26, 2006 7:59 PM

Yes, the Bear cub and Mum were wonderful, as were the shots of drunk Bears hanging out! The final shot of the old female shuffling off into the green, probably for the final time was very elegiac and touching.I loved the Vedda shots and how thier way of life was highlighted.Fantastic stuff! Whats next-maybe a doc on the Blue whales of TRinco?  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 November 27, 2006 3:11 AM

The old female was definitely the star of the show. We felt for her all the way; all her struggles, her discomfort and her wariness about the other bears. I hope she makes it through the year. She was a real character and we were all sad to say goodbye to her.

Well Prasanna, whales would definitely be a challenge... You know I'd really like to do more stories on some of the island's lesser known animals - like the Rusty-spotted Cat for example... And I reckon the Veddhas deserve a documentary all to themselves - there is so much forest lore and craft that they still practice - I just couldn't fit it all into this show
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here she is... November 27, 2006 3:20 AM

Waking up from a snooze...


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Congratulations Charith November 27, 2006 6:59 PM

Thats a great pic of the old girl resting:elegiac, again.Its always striking to me how elegiac all scenes of Sri lankan wilderness is:is this just me or do you and other people have the same feeling?Its like I'm watching something so dazzling, so amazing, yet so fleeting:I know this wont last, and that these scenes will no longer be there soon.For me at least, I have this strong feling we are the last generation to be able to see these scenes.Maybe I'm being morbid.
Anyway, yes, the Rusty Spotted cat and the Fishing Cat next? Way to go!
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