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Discovery narrates encounter of man and cheetah in ‘Man, Cheetah, Wild’

MUMBAI: Discovery Channel will present an intimate and rare encounter of a man living with the fastest land animal Cheetah in its new series ‘Man, Cheetah, Wild’.

The two-hour special will premiere on 24 August, airing at 8 pm. A repeat will air on 30 August at 10 am. It will follow the true story of a cheetah family and a man who walked among them for a year and a half.

A one-time game ranger with experience in the military, Kim Wolhuter is an Emmy Award-winning wildlife filmmaker who has the ability to befriend animals of his native homeland Zimbabwe.

The show will document Wolhuter’s relationship with a young family of five cheetahs and how these ruthless hunters learnt to trust and accept him as part of their family, allowing him an unparalleled and intimate access into their otherwise elusive world.

Living in the heart of Southern Africa, Wolhuter is a third generation bush ranger from a family who has lived and tangled with deadly predators for nearly a hundred years. In the Malilangwe Game in Southern Zimbabwe, he attempted to locate a female cheetah that he had previously worked and established a relationship with. Following one mysterious feline in 200 square miles proved to be challenging, so Wolhuter had a vet implant a tracking device in its belly.

The cheetah sensed no threat from Kim and even allowed him an unrestricted opportunity to live and run among the family for 18 months, during which he was also able to document their daily lives and upbringing.

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