Big Cat Week Starts Tonight On Nat Geo Wild


Tonight Sunday, December 11th, Nat Geo WILD is premiering its Big Cat Week lasting through December 17th.

More than a television event, Nat Geo WILD’s second annual Big Cat Week is an extension of National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative (BCI), a long-term commitment to halt the decline of these iconic animals in the wild. For seven nights, Big Cat Week will showcase visually stunning and powerfully resonant stories of nature’s fiercest felines and the people working to save these majestic cats. This year’s premieres include programs from Dereck and Beverly Joubert, award-winning filmmakers and National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence; wildlife naturalist Casey Anderson; and expert big cat wrangler Boone Smith, a fourth-generation tracker and houndsman.

Big cats are fast disappearing. Africa’s lion population has declined by more than 90 percent in the last 50 years. There are now more tigers living in captivity than in the wild. Cheetahs have disappeared from more than 75 percent of their range in Africa. Tune in to Big Cat Week and visit CauseAnUproar.org to learn more.

Take a look at Betty White’s PSA for CauseAnUproar.org:

You can find the Big Cat episode guide below, as well as a few previews and photos from the event.

STALKING THE MOUNTAIN LION

Sunday 12/11 at 8P et/pt
Naturalist Casey Anderson sets out to track one of North America’s most elusive ghosts: the mountain lion.

AMERICAN COUGAR

Sunday 12/11 at 9P et/pt and Monday 12/12 at 8P et/pt
Cougars struggling to survive in the severe landscape of the northern Rocky Mountains have a new archenemy to contend with—reintroduced wolves competing for game and out to kill their cubs.

CAT WARS: LION VS. CHEETAH

Sunday 12/11 at 10P et/pt and Saturday 12/17 at 10P et/pt
Caught on tape in Africa’s wild Serengeti is a stunning act of violence between two top predators. Three cheetahs are brutally attacked by two male lions – the first time an attack like this has ever been filmed.

HUNT FOR THE SHADOW CAT

Monday 12/12 at 9P et/pt and Thursday 12/15 at 10P et/pt
Some call the jaguar the most mysterious and magnificent of all big cats. Ancient cultures considered them gods for their power, beauty, and speed. But little is really known about this species that stalks the deepest jungles.

NIGHT STALKERS: JAGUAR AMBUSH

Monday 12/12 at 10P et/pt
Wildlife filmmaker Martin Dohrn leads an expert team of night-filming specialists into the jungles of Costa Rica on the hunt for Central America’s big cats.

PLANET CARNIVORE: LIONS

Tuesday 12/13 at 8P et/pt
An 18-year-old lioness and her pride struggle to overcome hunger and conflict with other lions and hyenas during one event-filled week in Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania.

LION ARMY: BATTLE TO SURVIVE

Tuesday 12/13 at 9P et/pt
It’s a wild family drama in Kruger National Park: 28 members, including teenage bullies, new babies, absentee fathers, and sick relatives, with dynamics changing every day. Only this family is a mega lion pride.

SWAMP LIONS

Tuesday 12/13 at 10P et/pt and Saturday 12/17 at 9P et/pt
A pride of lions is on its knees. Its mighty male was killed by poachers, leaving three mothers and their cubs vulnerable in one of the toughest landscapes in Africa.

TIGER MAN OF AFRICA: FIGHT FOR LIFE

Wednesday 12/14 at 8P et/pt
The population explosion continues at Tiger Canyons, as favorite tigress Julie has another litter and John Varty waits to see if she’ll raise them herself or further dash his hopes of having wild-raised tigers.

LOST LAND OF THE TIGER

Wednesday 12/14 at 9P et/pt
Go in search of an undiscovered tiger population rumored to be hidden in the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. With cameras strategically placed, the team is closing in on capturing key evidence of the tigers said to be living here.

RETURN OF THE CLOUDED LEOPARDS

Wednesday 12/14 at 10P et/pt and Friday 12/16 at 10P et/pt
Two very rare six-week-old clouded leopard cubs are rescued from poachers, giving conservationist and filmmaker Sandesh Kadur the opportunity of a lifetime.

LIVING WITH BIG CATS

Thursday 12/15 at 9P et/pt
Follow the intimate story of the relationship between two filmmaker-explorers and a leopard they find when she is eight days old. With the most sensitive methods they follow her as she matures, first in the company of her mother, then hunting on her own.

THE LAST LIONS

Friday 12/16 at 8P et/pt
From the lush wetlands of Botswana’s Okavango Delta comes the suspense-filled tale of a determined lioness ready to try anything—and willing to risk everything—to keep her family alive.

THE PACK: LIONS

Saturday 12/17 at 8P et/pt
This film examines a pride of lions as they strategically hunt different types of prey species, ultimately uncovering an unusual battle between two giants of the animal kingdom—the lion pack versus the giraffe.

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