Compelling new Australian documentary The Hunt: In Search of Australia’s Big Cats airs Tuesday 5 May on Discovery Channel
View the trailer HERE.
On average, a big cat sighting has been reported every day in Australia over the last two years. Now, a team of Aussie experts are out to prove that a big cat population exists in remote areas of the bush in the compelling documentary The Hunt: In Search of Australia’s Big Cats, airing Tuesday 5 May at 9:30pm on Discovery Channel.
Panthers and pumas are alive and well in the Australian bush and big cat expert Vaughan King is on a quest to prove it. The former big cat keeper at Australia Zoo has teamed up with veteran researchers John Turner and Simon Townsend to investigate recent sightings of these elusive predators. Their aim is to prove the existence of a living population of big cats in the Australian bush, creatures whom authorities deny exist.
Their quest takes them to remote bushland in the Otways region of Victoria, the Hunter Valley in New South Wales and South West Western Australia. They hear remarkable stories of close encounters, witness inexplicable livestock kills, hear terrifying animal growls in the dark, and gather evidence to be sent off for scientific testing.
The documentary features the outcomes of remote long-range camera trapping, and culminates in the nail-biting wait for the results of DNA tests which could prove the theory that big cats exist in the Australian bush once and for all. Throughout, King, Turner and Townsend are close on the trail of these elusive and terrifying creatures and at any moment may come face to face with one on a remote bush track. Their dedication to a gruelling task, and the emotional toll it takes on them, adds another dimension to this fascinating quest.
It will air during Mystery Month on Discovery Channel which starts 1 May, available on Foxtel and Fetch.
The Hunt: In Search of Australia’s Big Cats is a Robot Army and Ruby Entertainment production for the Discovery Channel. Principal production investment from Screen Australia in association with Film Victoria.