In Search of the Jaguar
National Geographic Special for PBS
Genesis Award 2004
Outstanding PBS Documentary
The Humane Society of the United States
"For providing a rare window into the threatened world of the jaguar viewed
by a man whose affinity for animals lends poignancy to their plight, thus
increasing public awareness of animal issues."
Washington Post, November 23, 2003
"Alan Rabinowitz has always been up against time as he works to save the jaguar from extinction. But now the clock ticks louder . . . "
(click here to read full interview featuring Kate Churchill and Alan Rabinowitz)
Wall Street Journal, November 21, 2003
"By the time this colorful documentary ends, we have learned a great deal about this conservationists inner life, and a lot about his cats toothough the jaguars are clearly keeping their inner lives to themselves
For the moment, its enough to behold these creatures, 300 or so of muscle out hunting prey, mating, their cubs slithering through the forestone of the films most delectable sights."
- Dorothy Rabinowitz
Seattle Post-Intelligencer, November 25, 2003
"Narrated by Glenn Close, In Search of the Jaguar sets itself apart from other nature documentaries by profiling Rabinowitz's personal challenges in the context of his lifelong fight to preserve the big cats
The jaguars, beautiful felines indigenous to Mexico and Central and South America, are the stars here, of course, and the filmmakers make them stand out keenly among all the jungle's jewel tones. The combination of the film's gorgeous imagery and the cats' struggle for survival with the intense human drama endured by Rabinowitz, his family and his team, is a rare and wonderful thing."
- Melanie McFarland
NBC Nightly News, November 26, 2003
"Who doesnt admire those among us who devote their lives to a noble cause, especially when their dedication is not for fame or fortune but because the cause is just as important."
- Tom Brokaw
Boston Herald, November 25, 2003
"With stunning shots of sleek jaguars prowling through lush jungles, the film interweaves Rabinowitzs personal struggle with his quest to save the cats. He tracks jaguars through the rain forest of Panama, into the swamplands of the Brazils Pantanal and to Belizes Cockscomb Jaguar Preserve."
- Aiden Fitzgerald
The Florida Times-Union, November 26, 2003
"The photography, of course, is excellent. But weve come to expect that from National Geographic, havent we? The close-ups of the cats are superb
But In Search of the Jaguar is as much a story of human struggle and survival as it is the big cats."
- Roger Bull
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, November 25, 2003
"Wednesdays National Geographic Special bounds beyond the usual pretty animal-in-peril tales
As much about a man as a beast, In Search of the Jaguar takes viewers to lush jungles where sleek spotted predators lead difficult lives
We also get intimate insight into the pain that shaped a passionate conservationist
The film tells his fascinating story with dramatic and unexpected incidents."
- Celia Storey
New York Newsday, November 23, 2003
"An unusually dramatic National Geographic Special deals with efforts to protect the endangered jaguar and the personal struggle of one of the cats champions, Bronx Zoo-based Alan Rabinowitz."
- Noel Holston
NOVA and Clear Blue Sky Productions for PBS
New York Times, September 24, 2001
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Boston Globe, September 24, 2001
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