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Djuma Game Reserve, Sabi Sands, South Africa – 1250PM. The past 5 days have taken a while to sink in; we went live on Nat Geo WILD for Big Cat Week with lions on a buffalo kill and finished the first broadcast with Kunyuma, a magnificent leopard sitting in a tree during our campfire chat.…

For wildlife filmmakers, the only way to safely explore the startling powers of the African lion has been at the end of a mighty long lens — until now. Man v. Lion follows veteran big cat expert Boone Smith across the Nambiti Game Reserve, tracking three male lions searching for their next meal. We follow along…

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…

Today is World Lion Day, and what better way to raise awareness for these amazing big cats, than to see what can be done to protect them.  The people of Tanzania and Kenya are facing a major problem with lions.  And as a result, the lions are facing serious issues with people.  The lions are…

An estimated five million species inhabit Planet Earth, united by the collective struggle to live and thrive. Nat Geo Wild presents One Life, a sweeping documentary featuring intimate, never-before-captured sequences of animal behavior, stunning habitats and breathtaking scenery. Narrated by actor Daniel Craig, One Life captures animal interactions nearly impossible to see with the naked eye. Culled from more…

Did you know – Betty White’s two childhood dream jobs were a Hollywood actress and a zookeeper? While Betty ended up striking it big on-screen instead of wrangling zoo animals, with over 60 years in show business under her belt, her love of animals, as she says, “goes back to the womb.”As the spokeswoman for National Geographic’s…

One in eight: a male lion’s chance of reaching adulthood. As each bloodline fights for the right to rule, only the strongest males survive to become the kings of their prides. While lions are born in equal numbers, males to females, only 3,500 of the approximately 20,000 lions on Earth are males, the lucky survivors of natural…

On Day 2 of Nat Geo Wild’s celebration of nature’s biggest, baddest cats, we explore fierce mother lions, nature’s classic rivalry of cats vs. dogs and what happens when feline predators clash in deadly confrontations. Starting things off at 8P is Cat Wars: Lion vs. Cheetah, which investigates a single stunning fight between two top predators…

Nat Geo Wild’s yearly celebration of the animal kingdom’s fiercest felines has finally arrived: Big Cat Week. This special programming is dedicated to nature’s most majestic creatures, equipped with superior intelligence and unparalleled strength, speed and agility. Big Cat Week kicks off on Friday at 8P with Swamp Lions, a story of bravery and perseverance…

Written by Kiri Cashell – Researcher, Masai Mara Oh no here comes the rain again!! When it rains in the Mara everyone knows about it – it doesn’t just rain, it pours! Not one day has passed without the team seeing the ominous sight of thick, black, storm clouds raging over the horizon, and as…

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…

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…

Warthog Burrows

Less than half of wild warthog piglets ever see their first birthday. So warthog mothers construct elaborate underground burrows in the African grassland to protect her brood from predators like cheetahs, lions and leopards. Warthogs feed on grasses and seeds during the day. In the clearing, warthogs have a panoramic view of all potential predators.…

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 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…

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…

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…

Lion Vs. Antelope

Video Preview: A lioness sets it’s hungry eyes on a herd of antelope and attacks. She succeeds but then two male lions challenge her kill. Deadly Instincts: Ultimate Enemies premieres on Nat Geo Wild Thursday September 24 at 8P et/pt.

Superpride

One pride looms large in the Serengeti lion kingdom: a single dynasty ruling the plains to which hundreds of lions trace their roots. And this great pride is exploding in size. A perfect storm of conditions is creating a Superpride. Superpride airs on Nat Geo Wild Thursday September 9 at 10P et/pt. Video Preview: This…

The Lion Ranger

Meet Kevin Richardson, a self-taught animal behaviorist with an uncanny ability to work with iconic predators. Witness his stunning attempts to protect a lion reserve and stop teenage lions from overthrowing their father. The Lion Ranger: Trouble in the Pride airs on Nat Geo Wild Tuesday September 7 at 8P et/pt. Video Preview: Kevin receives…

Predators Come Out at Night

In this video preview of Real Serengeti, lions ambush a herd of zebras in the night — and a pack of hyenas eat the leftovers. Real Serengeti airs on Nat Geo Wild Thursday August 19 at 9P et/pt.