7th Annual Big Cat Week
For millions of years, big cats have stood atop the food chain as treasured icons of the wild. We have a deep, ancient connection with these revered predators. We admire them; we fear them; and now, we need to fight for them. Today, big cats such as lions, cheetahs, leopards and cougars are in decline across the globe. Nat Geo WILD’s seventh annual Big Cat Week has turned its lens on these majestic animals to shine a light on their struggle and to remind viewers of their importance in the world.
This year’s ferocious lineup kicks off with the premiere of Battle for the Pride on Monday, Feb. 20, at 9/8c. Discover what it takes for a lion to become king in the wilds of Botswana, where only one in eight male lions makes it to adulthood. Additionally, on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 10/9c, National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence and renowned filmmakers Beverly and Dereck Joubert present Soul of the Cat, in which they explore the deep connections and parallels between domestic cats and big cats. From pet tabbies to great lions, cats of all sizes are predators in their own right.
Other premieres include Storm Cats on Monday, Feb. 20, at 10/9c, which follows the lives of two generations of big cats — lions and cheetahs — during the fleeting wet season in arid Botswana, and Jaguar: Super Cat on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 9/8c, which takes a closer look at South America’s supreme predator. The week ends with Disneynature’s African Cats, with narrator Samuel L. Jackson telling a tale about the majestic kings of the savannah. Full premiere schedule can be found in the press release.
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 http://nationalgeographic.org/projects/big-cats-initiative/.