deleted_586eeb4e21147b375274f37a_9th Annual Big Cat Weekend

  • Nat Geo WILD’s ninth annual big cat event packs in six new premieres over three days, featuring surprising behaviors and inspiring stories of big cats around the world. Every year the network shines a light on these majestic creatures to remind people of their struggle and their importance in our world. Big Cat Weekend premieres Friday, Nov. 30, at 9/8c on Nat Geo WILD.

    The weekend starts with rarely seen behavior in Man vs. Puma, when host Boone Smith observes pumas hunting penguins in Patagonia. In Jaguar Beach Battle, filmmaker Filipe DeAndrade finds a beach buffet that has to be seen to believed: jaguars preying on sea turtles at the water’s edge in Costa Rica.

    Clash of the Tigers follows the extraordinary tale of a strong-willed mother tiger who risks everything to rear her young cubs, and Regime of the Queen puts a spotlight on the role of the lioness in a pride.

    Dereck and Beverly Joubert’s Birth of a Pride follows the extraordinary journey of lions returning to a reserve in Botswana as they grow from a single female and her cub into a fully formed, majestic hunting pride. Viewers will also witness the incredible story of Uganda’s tree-climbing lions, in National Geographic Explorer Alex Braczkowski’s new special Tree Climbing Lions.

    More than a television event, Big Cat Weekend is an extension of the Big Cats Initiative, a long-term commitment by the National Geographic Society to halt the decline of big cats in the wild. This global program actively supports on-the-ground research and conservation projects to protect the planet’s top felines. For more information on the Big Cats Initiative and how you can get involved, visit

    Media Contacts: 
    Molly Mulrain, 202-912-6745,
    Kate Hawken, 571-451-6330,

  • Category :  Global Event Series
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