Secret Life of Predators Premieres Tonight

Tonight’s the night, the world premiere of a National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD simulcast event, revealing new animal behaviors documented for the first time ever. The Secret Life of Predators, Hosted by Naturalist and Big Cat Tracker Boone Smith, goes into the perilous — but rarely seen — world of deadly hunters.

Predators can be iconic or surprising. Some are easy to recognize, and some you would never even suspect, but every one of them must strategize, improvise, and specialize in order to survive. Guided by naturalist and big cat tracker Boone Smith, Secret Life of Predators travels to the depths of the oceans, the high forests, the vast open land, and to the edge of the earth to capture every strike, chase, and kill. Traveling across the globe to some of the world’s most unforgiving places including Africa’s savanna, Indonesia’s tropical reefs, Central America’s rainforest, and India’s dry forest, see the world through the eyes of a predator. Regardless of where they stalk, soar or swim, carnivores must fight for every morsel, every meal, every day.

“Because they’re killers, we often think that predators have an easy time of it, but it’s actually the toughest gig on the planet,” said Smith. “Secret Life of Predators offers viewers a rare look at the ‘circle of life’ from the predators’ point of view. They may be more lethally equipped than their prey, but life isn’t an open buffet. Every encounter is an adrenaline-charged conflict … where the risk can be greater than the reward.”

Combining cutting-edge cinematography with a surprising soundtrack of indie-rock music including Snow Patrol and The Lumineers, the four-part special delivers new and astounding stories about 45 different animal species. The very best wildlife cameramen and crews traveled to 18 countries, immersing themselves in 12 different habitats to capture extraordinary natural history footage and never-before-seen animal behaviors. They endured brutally cold temperatures 400 miles from the North Pole to film polar bears and Arctic foxes; more than 200 miles out to sea from Mexico, they swam alongside the fastest fish in the ocean; and they dove 150 feet underwater in Canada to observe the giant Pacific octopus.

Deep in the rainforest, National Geographic cameras captured the unbelievable instinctual behavior of glass frog embryos. Before they were ready to hatch, these miniscule tadpoles broke out of their eggs to seek safety from a giant wasp attack. In the vast expanse of the African savanna, witness an incredibly rare act of kindness as one lioness helps an injured elder feed. Beneath the icy waves of Alaska’s Aleutian Islands, filmmakers documented killer whales performing a unique hunting technique that scientists didn’t know even existed … until now.

Secret Life of Predators examines an arsenal of powerful, bizarre and stealth-like skills using an array of state-of-the-art technology. Super-slow-motion cameras capture the deadly claw strike of a small but mighty peacock mantis shrimp. Specially mounted carcass cameras provide a unique view of cheetah cubs and orcas feeding. Underwater cameras film the wacky-looking hairy frogfish walking across the sea floor. Cameras equipped with night vision make it possible to witness a sea turtle laying her eggs in the sand, and then the newborn turtles making their audacious journey to the ocean just two months later.

The four-part special event Secret Life of Predators premieres tonight, Friday, September 20, and next Friday, September 27, 2013, on NGC and Nat Geo WILD


  1. Tim
    September 20, 2013, 10:10 pm

    This Boone Smith is a Horrible Narrator. The show seems good, but this drab, mundane broadcaster makes the show a yawner..

  2. G M Pierce
    September 21, 2013, 12:44 am

    Wonderful series. Beautiful camera work. Horrible narration. Immature voice. Poor diction. In one segment the narrator tried to say that the animal was waiting on a “real meal”. He said “rill mill”. He’s ruining the show for me. Thanks. GMPierce

  3. Rusty Smith
    United States
    September 23, 2013, 4:17 pm

    Great series. I like the narration…He is reading what Nat Geo has wrote and asked him to read (not his words) Not to mention it is nice to learn about what the show has to offer from a real outdoors man instead of a Hollywood actor reading what would be the same words. I will take the real deal instead of Oprah any day!

  4. M G
    September 26, 2013, 7:33 pm

    You guys are griping about the narrarator? That’s insane! Boone is the real deal. He knows his stuff. He is also one good lookin guy!

  5. Principe vazquez
    Ocala florida
    September 27, 2013, 8:46 pm

    This series has been amazing! Our family has been mesmerized by all the animals from all the different parts of the country. We have learned new things. Keep up the great work you guys are doing! Boone Smith narration is awesome and the background music is excellent! We wished there were more parts to the series!

  6. Marco
    Rhode Island
    September 27, 2013, 9:47 pm

    can someone tell me the name of the opening soundtrack, and the band? tks.

  7. Anonymous
    September 28, 2013, 10:44 am

    The Narrator is AWEFUL!!!!! He is needs to stick to tracking animals and leave the voice overs to a professional. I am literally cringing just listening to him. TERRIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Josh
    September 28, 2013, 12:05 pm

    What is the name of the song that plays during the intro?

  9. Deborah sheppard
    South Carolina
    September 28, 2013, 4:13 pm

    GREAT SHOW~Does any one know the name of the song when the show opens~Trying to find it 🙂

  10. Brian the Screen Guy
    September 29, 2013, 10:56 am

    I love the show but I hate the musical score. What is supposed to be background music leaps out into the forefront and becomes distracting and extremely, extremely, extremely annoying, even though I know and am a fan of most all of the pop/dance/party tunes they are using. Whoever is arranging these shows seems like the teenager who cranks up his stereo so everyone around can listen to how cool he is.

  11. Brian the Screen Guy
    September 29, 2013, 10:57 am

    And this narrator isn’t so bad. Especially after Oprah’s narration of that other series lowered the bar so far

  12. Montzalee
    winfield, mo
    September 29, 2013, 11:18 am

    Boone sounds down to earth and professional which reaches more of the audience. He is very handsome which doesn’t hurt either. I love the show for all the wonder of nature only the National gGeographic can do. Keep up the good work Boone!
    But what is the name of opening theme song and by who?

  13. Garret
    September 30, 2013, 6:27 pm

    What’s the introduction song when the show first starts HELP ME!!!!!!!!!

  14. Garret
    September 30, 2013, 7:34 pm

    Snow patrol-Called out in the dark for the introduction song you guys are welcome!! Great show by the way camera footage was awesome

  15. Gigi
    San Francisco
    September 30, 2013, 10:26 pm

    I finally found the intro theme song!! The artist is Snow Patrol and the song is called “Called Out in the Dark” 🙂

  16. Alex C
    October 7, 2013, 2:11 pm

    Great series! Does anyone happen to know the name of the artis/song at the end of the “Wet” episode of these series? Thank you!

  17. Andrew
    October 24, 2013, 10:42 am

    Theme song is from snow patrol

  18. Alex C
    November 5, 2013, 9:35 am

    Andrew, i was asking for the song that is at the END of the “Wet” episode, not the intro/beginning song by snow patrol that has already been mentioned a few times. Thank you!

  19. Andy
    November 30, 2013, 1:58 pm

    Rubbish they are clearly using a lot of tame animals to film this. Like that wolf trying to catch that rabbit and the so called veteran golden eagle which by the way was an immature bird with a camera strapped to its head. The mostly widely distributed eagle in the world and they couldn’t even shoot one hunting in the wild. Is this what we have to expect nowadays utter laziness and camera trickery. And as for this boon character well if he wants to put his name to gimmicks like this enough said, get a grip nat geo Attenborough would be ashamed.

  20. Mark
    January 12, 2014, 4:18 pm

    Great series! Can anyone tell me what the name of the outro song to the Exposed episode? I already know the Snow Patrol song, but wish I knew the outro.

  21. Barney
    May 29, 2014, 6:08 pm

    the intro song is “called out in the dark” by Snow Patrol