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Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin aired Thailand episodes to popular acclaim

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Bangkok, 23 July, 2015 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand, (TAT) Los Angeles and New York Offices have announced that, following their recent support for the filming of the award-winning US nature show ‘Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin’ in Thailand, two of the fourth season’s episodes were aired.

Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin, from the US broadcasting corporation ABC, made six documentaries about Thai conservation projects from February to March 2015. Hosted by marine-life expert Jeff Corwin, the Thai episodes were filmed at the Anantara Elephant Camp in Chiang Rai and at the Royal Thai Navy Protection Centre in Sattahip, Chon Buri. The two shows were shown on the US networks on 30 May and 6 June, 2015.

The film crew visited the Anantara Elephant Camp in the northernmost Thai province of Chiang Rai to discover how the Asian elephant, a symbol of Thailand is being protected and their natural habitat preserved. The show included an interview with Dr. Josh Plotnik, head of elephant research at the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation and a lecturer in conservation biology at Mahidol University. Dr. Plotnik is also the head of Think Elephants International (TEI), a US non-profit organisation that supports elephant research in Thailand.

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In Sattahip, Chon Buri, filming took place at the Royal Thai Navy Sea Turtle Conservation Center, which is dedicated to the conservation of Green Sea Turtles and Hawksbill Turtles and restoration of the local marine environment in the Gulf of Thailand. Jeff interviewed Thai turtle expert Dr. Nantarika Chansue, who is Director of the Veterinary Medical Aquatic Animal Research Centre within the Faculty of Veterinary Science at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. The episode also looked at work being done to preserve the habitat of Thailand’s seahorses off Ko Lan and the Pattaya coastline.

Mrs. Juthaporn Rerngronasa, TAT Acting Governor and Deputy Governor for International Marketing (Europe, Africa, Middle East and Americas) said, “It was great to welcome the Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin team to Thailand, so that we could showcase some of the many long-term conservation projects running in Thailand aimed at protecting the kingdom’s animals and ecosystems. This is our natural heritage and needs preserving, so that visitors from around the world and future generations can enjoy the natural beauty of our forests, seas and the animals that live there.”

Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin educates viewers about animals and the importance of preserving the world’s oceans. The popular TV show won Daytime Emmy Awards in 2014 for Most Outstanding Travel Show and for Outstanding Directing. Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin is broadcast on the ABC across the US and is the number one show in its time slot attracting an average weekly audience of over 1.8 million viewers. Its host, Jeff Corwin has produced for Animal Planet, the Disney Channel and CNN to promote environmental conservation.

Four more episodes filmed in Thailand are scheduled to be aired in the fifth season of Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin, starting from October.

Mrs. Juthaporn said, “The Ocean Mysteries show revealed wonderful regions where Thailand’s unique animals and marine life can be found, and also showed the measures we’re taking to protect such environments. There are many pristine gems for tourists to discover; such as, the hills of Loei with their evergreen and pine forests and the undersea wonders of Chumphon that play host to majestic Whale Sharks or Southern Trang where it’s possible to see dugong, pangolins and rare Languors.”

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All pictures shown are courtesy of Ocean Mysteries LLC.

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