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Lions Feast on the Meal of a Lifetime in Celebration of Nat Geo WILD’s Savage Kingdom: Uprising Series, Premiering Black Frida
Wed Nov 22 2017 01:10:00 GMT+0000 (UTC)

(COLUMBUS, OH, Nov. 21, 2017) – Thanksgiving dinner came early for the lions at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium when Nat Geo WILD set up a formal table with all the trimmings during a Facebook Live event on Tuesday, Nov. 21. As a special holiday-themed twist on the lions’ daily enrichment activities, the pride was let loose in its habitat to gobble up a beautifully set meal that would make your grandmother proud.

She wouldn’t like that the lions climbed on the table, growled at each and made off with the plates, but it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without a little drama. Nat Geo WILD worked with the zoo’s lion experts to create an engaging and educational event to help promote the return of the global miniseries event Savage Kingdom: Uprising, premiering on Friday, Nov. 24, at 9/8c on Nat Geo WILD.

Viewers were encouraged to participate in real time through Facebook reactions using the like/love options and watched the votes tally up. Zoo lion experts were also on hand to provide real-time insight and reply to user comments and questions. 

60-Second Lion Thanksgiving Video: CLICK HERE
Savage Thanksgiving Photos: CLICK HERE
Savage Kingdom: Uprising Video Trailer: CLICK HERE

Last season The Wall Street Journal called Savage Kingdom “nature television as Shakespearean drama.” This season brings rebellion as the sins of the lion king are carried out by his sons. Nat Geo WILD’s Savage Kingdom returns with Savage Kingdom: Uprising, a four-part global miniseries series event that tells an unvarnished tale of survival on the African plains. There is no better night to debut this competitive savagery than Black Friday.

Savage Kingdom: Uprising premieres Friday, Nov. 24, 9/8c on Nat Geo WILD and globally in 140 countries and 37 languages. For more information, visit or our press site, or follow us on Twitter using @NGC_PR.


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