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WARNING! Contains very little footage of wild cats.,
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This review is from: National Geographic - Wild Cat Collection [DVD] (DVD)
Return of the Clouded Leopards: This is a documentary of a small group of people failing to find two rare Clouded Leopards they had found abandoned as cubs. They hand reared and trained them for release back into the wild. Not only did they not find their cats they didn't find any cats, even after many unconfirmed sightings by local villages that didn't even know the species existed. Even though the cats were never found they called the project a success. The very little cat footage consists of repeated scenes of the kittens being bottle fed, being photographed and walked into the jungle for training that we don't get to see. The massive majority of the footage is of two of the team talking to local people who claim they saw the cats.
Hunt for the Shadow Cat: This is a documentary of a Cougar tracker trying his hand at tracking and capturing 3 Jaguars. He failed. The focus is on the elusive and rarely seen female of the species along with two other males. One was captured accidently by a snare set by another research team, one was killed and the elusive female came closer to capturing the tracker than he did her. The very little cat footage consists of a few motion-triggered camera snaps and a tranquilized Jaguar over-heating in the sun. The massive majority of the footage is following the tracker looking at paw prints in mud.
Jaguar Ambush: I'm not even sure what this one was about. It definitely wasn't about Jaguars as the title suggests. The documentary shows us one scene of a Jaguar captured by a motion-triggered camera that I'm sure featured on the `Hunt of the Shadow Cat' documentary above. The very little cat footage consists of an Ocelot via a motion-triggered camera and a thermal camera shot of a Puma in the vicinity of a dear at a waterhole. There's more footage of Tapirs than cats. The massive majority of the footage is people setting up and operating fancy cameras to look at themselves.
I bought this DVD on a whim, feeling nostalgic about the wildlife documentaries I used to watch as a kid. This was nothing at all like them.