Tag archives for Cats

Combining the latest scientific research with intimate macrophotography, illuminating thermal images and slow-motion footage, The Secret Life of Cats exposes the awe-inspiring qualities that every cat possesses. Tracing a cat’s development from birth to six months, see how a blind, deaf and ultimately defenseless newborn evolves into an agile hunter, savvy survivalist and trusted confidant.…

Behind seemingly ‘normal’ homes across America lie secret lifestyles. Lifestyles that can be considered unusual, strange, even taboo. From colossal collections to intense infatuations, here’s a roundup from Taboo USA: Extreme Obsessions.   House of 1000 Cats Cats! Cats! Cats! I am an animal lover and a cat lover so when I heard we were…

This landmark three-part special, Wild China, gains unprecedented access into this most enigmatic of countries, to reveal a land of astonishing complexity.  A land of immense cultural diversity and a wide range of traditional lifestyles – often in close partnership with nature. However, China faces immense social and environmental problems– many rare species unique to…

Territorial Mountain Lions

The mountain lion was once near extinction. A wildlife treasure of Western America, this big cat is known by many other names, like the puma, cougar and deer tiger. While wild populations have rebounded over the years, habitat loss, poaching and territorial overlapping with human settlements continue to threaten the species. These solitary big cats are…

Lion Surgery

© Renegade Pictures The Kingdom of the White Lion is a 700 hectare private wildlife sanctuary. It’s home to some of Africa’s most notorious predators, like lions, hyenas and black leopards. Kevin Richardson, a controversial hands-on animal behaviorist and conservationist, runs the facility. This sanctuary requires over $20,000 per month to feed the animals, pay…

History of the Domesticated Cat

© Mark Knobil / NGT The cat: a mysterious creature, at once loving and aloof. As a species, cats are proven survivors – they thrive on the islands of Antarctica, alongside giant lizards in the Galapagos and as urban scavengers in the world’s biggest cities. Across the globe, there are more than 600 million domestic…

Surviving Summer

© Aquavision TV Productions cc In August, Zambia’s Luangwa River becomes an unsettling battleground as both hunter and hunted struggle to survive. Animals are pushed to their limits as they endure the blistering sun, high temperatures, receeding rivers and lack of water. And hippos, lions and crocodiles are forced together in an area of just…

Lion Pride

© Aeron Banfield / Aquavision TV Productions Lions are the only big cat species that live in groups. These groups are family units, comprised of up to three male individuals, about a dozen females, and their offspring. The complex world of a lion pride includes males fighting for breeding rights and lionesses hunting for the…

Big Cat Fences

© Aeron Banfield / Aquavision TV Productions cc Big cat populations in east Africa are declining. In the 1940s wild lions may have numbered 450,000 individuals, but today these populations have plummeted to as few as 20,000. And one cause for the demise of wild lions in rural Kenya? Livestock farmers. As these pastoralists strive…

Big Cats Dealing with Drought

© ZED Across Tanzania, big cats are suffering from scorching heat, unforgiving dust storms and water shortages. Once teeming with wildlife and flowing with water, the Ruaha River is empty except for a smattering of scorpions and lethargic animals too weak to follow their herd. In this region, there are few remaining pools of refreshing…

Lion Gangsters

This is the story of the survival of the Maasai-land lion. Under Africa’s iconic Mt Kilimanjaro lives one of the world’s most romanticized tribes — the Maasai — who are in a real-time ‘life and death’ struggle with the world’s most beloved big cat — the lion. This film follows several lion characters and the…

African Lions in Danger

© National Geographic Channel Lions are perhaps the most iconic creatures on the planet. And two thousand years ago more than a million of these majestic big cats roamed the globe. African lions once roamed freely in a geographical range across the continent and into Israel, Iraq, Iran, Syria and northwest India. It was estimated…

Illegal Leopard Poaching

The leopards’ stunning coat is also a death sentence. Despite an agreement protecting these endangered big cats, 2,000 leopards are illegally hunted each year in Africa. Their skins are often used in local rituals and worn by church leaders, witch doctors and presidents as signs of noble power. Leopards are void in more than 80% of…

Vulnerable White Lions

© National Geographic Channel Some tawny African lions carry a recessive gene that blocks the brown pigment in their lustrous coats. When male and female parents carry the gene, there’s a chance they will have white cubs. Some experts believe that the reason white lions occur so rarely in the wild is because these individuals…

Lion Prides Hunting Buffalo

© Wildlife Films Botswana / Mike Meyers Award-winning filmmakers and National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence Dereck and Beverly Joubert began watching big cats in Africa 30 years ago. And according to the Jouberts, watching lions hunt buffalo are some of the most thrilling action moments they’ve experienced.  Buffalos travel in herds. And while the ideal side of…

Big Cat Week Is Coming

Powerful. Deadly. Beautiful. Endangered. Big cat species often define and dominate the ecosystems in which they are found. Animals of incredible strength and skill, big cats are revered predators that face an epic battle for survival. They have enthralled us and captured our imaginations. Theirs is the story of the wild. Nat Geo Wild presents…

Predators Hunting Cheetahs

In the Serengeti, cheetah cubs are born into a life of uncertainty. Competition for food can be costly, and ninety-five percent of cheetah cubs will die before they reach independence. Many of these dotted creatures will suffer an untimely death at the paws of a hunting lion simply because the iconic big cat has an…

Sick Kitty

A female ocelot, an endangered species native to Texas, comes down with a mystery illness and needs major surgery when blood is discovered in her urine. Zoo Confidential: Operation Ocelot premieres on Nat Geo Wild Tuesday October 19 at 9P et/pt. Video Preview: The zoo is worried about why an extremely adorable young ocelot is…

Cat Facts

Everything about the cat makes it a stealth predator. When it falls, it lands on its feet nearly every time. They have incredible night vision and they can hear at a higher frequency than canines. Cats can run at speeds up to 30 miles per hour, and have retractable claws designed to clutch prey with…

This video has been passed around in the National Geographic office today. Those are some big wild cats! BUT Jimmy is right about one thing, Nat Geo Wild is airing Big Cat Week this December. Big Cat Week is an extension of the National Geographic Society’s Big Cats Initiative, a long-term commitment to stop poaching,…

All around the world, wild animals are being pushed from their natural habitats. And recently, a bobcat kitten was discovered in a new housing construction zone in Florida, requiring her rescue and rehabilitation. Big Cat Rescue – experts in dealing with this wildlife problem on a daily basis – were called to the scene. Jamie Veronica,…

Leopard vs. Baboon

Eye of the Leopard tracks one cat for a remarkable three years in Botswana’s Okavango Delta. She’s called Legadema, or “Light from the Sky,” and we follow her from the first vulnerable days as a cub, through the development of her hunting instincts, to her later triumphs that make her one of the most feared…