Speed. Power. Intelligence. Stealth. Beauty. For millions of years, big cats have stood atop the food chain as treasured icons of the wild, but as civilization has expanded, their habitat has decreased. Today every big cat species in the world is endangered, including lions, tigers, cheetahs, jaguars and cougars. For five years, Nat Geo WILD has turned its lens on these majestic creatures during its annual BIG CAT WEEK to shine a light on their struggle and to remind viewers of their importance in the world.
Nat Geo WILD presents the fifth annual BIG CAT WEEK, its fiercest lineup ever, beginning Friday, Nov. 28, 2014.
Kicking off the week tonight at 9/8c, big cat tracker Boone Smith is put to the ultimate test in Man v. Lion, when he is placed inside an enclosed acrylic box in the middle of a lion feast! But before Boone gets into the box, we will test a lion’s strength, speed and jumping abilities so he knows exactly what he’s up against. As Boone takes a seat at the dinner table and risks becoming the lions’ meal, he will be sitting directly in the middle of the action, witnessing the lions’ hunting skills firsthand, revealing how strong a lion’s jaw is and how much weight it can pull.
Additional premieres include Future Cat, a fantastic look into the far future of big cats, using state-of-the-art CGI images to illustrate how big cats might evolve in the face of extreme planetary scenarios, including a desert world and a water world; Leopard: Ultimate Survivor, a filmmaker’s chance encounter in the wild leads to a rare opportunity to follow a mother leopard and her cubs through the first precarious years of life; Tiger’s Revenge, about the tabloid-worthy rivalry between two sister tigers in India’s Ranthambore National Park; Lion Gangland, an in-depth look at a lion pride that battles high heat, shortages of food and water and a dangerous rival coalition in its struggle to survive; and finally Tiger Wars, the story of tigers who reclaimed an ancient kingdom in India.
Rounding out the week are encores of some of Nat Geo WILD’s most popular big cat films, including two from National Geographic’s Explorers-in-Residence Dereck and Beverly Joubert: Game of Lions and The Last Lions.
More than a television event, BIG CAT WEEK is an extension of the Big Cats Initiative, a long-term commitment by the National Geographic Society to stop poaching, save habitat and sound the call that big steps are needed to save big cats around the world. This global initiative actively supports on-the-ground conservation projects and education to help stem and eventually reverse the rapid disappearance of big cat populations.
For more information on the Big Cats Initiative and how you can get involved, visit causeanuproar.com.