The Cat’s out of the Bag! Nat Geo WILD’s Big Cat Week Returns with Bigger, Bolder Specials Highlighting the World’s Fiercest Felines

Eighth Annual Big Cat Week Premieres Sunday, Dec. 10, at 9/8c,
Highlighting Powerful Stories of Jaguars in Brazil, Lions in Tanzania,
Cheetahs in Kenya, Tigers in India and More

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nat Geo WILD knows that when it comes to saving our planet’s big cats,
“catitude” is everything. With incredible species like cheetahs,
leopards and lions in decline, Nat Geo WILD’s eighth annual Big Cat
is roaring louder than ever with a fierce lineup of visually
stunning and inspirational specials aimed at raising awareness of the
plight of big cats around the world. Big Cat Week premieres on
Sunday, Dec. 10 at 9/8c on Nat Geo WILD.

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Big Cat Week will also premiere globally in 140 countries and 37
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The buzzworthy Big Cat Week slate includes innovative new
specials featuring world-renowned storytellers. National Geographic
photographers Steve Winter and Bertie Gregory track down and capture
incredible footage of Brazil’s top predator in Jaguar vs. Croc;
famed wildlife filmmaker Bob Poole reveals the intimate story of a
cheetah mother and her cubs in Man Among Cheetahs; three prides
of lions battle over territory, food and power in the dramatic special Lion
; we reveal the secrets of a legendary tigress that famously
reigned over her territory in western region of India in the new special The
World’s Most Famous Tiger;
our expert safari guides return for a
special Big Cat Week two-hour broadcast in Nat Geo WILD’s
innovative Safari LIVE; and king Sekekama’s power is challenged
as his heirs plot to take over the throne in the finale of Savage
Kingdom: Uprising.

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 halt the decline of big cats in the wild. This global
initiative 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

Additionally, Steve Winter's photographs will be featured in the
December issue of National Geographic magazine in "Kingdom of the
Jaguar," an article on the threats that jaguars in Latin America face
from development projects and poaching, as well as how these
factors damage a cultural heritage centering around the big
cat. The December issue of National Geographic will be available online
and on newsstands November 28.

Big Cat Week follows the premiere of the second installment of
Nat Geo WILD’s hit global miniseries event Savage Kingdom, which
the Wall Street Journal called “Nature Television as Shakespearean
Drama.” Savage Kingdom: Uprising premieres on Black Friday, Nov.
24, at 9/8c with a return to the remote wilderness of Africa, where
mighty factions of lions, leopards, wild dogs and hyenas battle it out
to become rulers of the realm. Follow all the gripping drama as
embattled kings and scheming princes vie for the savage throne. The
drama continues as sons plot to overthrow fathers, clans seek revenge on
their enemies and new arrivals enter the Savage Kingdom to stake
their claim. There. Will. Be. Blood.

Eighth Annual Big Cat Week Premieres

Jaguar vs. Croc
Premieres Sunday, Dec. 10, at 9/8c
wildlife photographer Steve Winter and cameraman Bertie Gregory capture
the rarely seen, remarkable lives of jaguars in the Pantanal of Brazil.
Follow a mother jaguar as she teaches her cub survival, while a
determined male jaguar, appropriately named Scarface, dives headfirst
into a river to tackle the deadliest of opponents — a 6-foot-long
caiman. Clever capybaras and playful giant otters stick with their
family members to avoid being jaguar dinner.

Man Among Cheetahs
Premieres Monday, Dec. 11, at 9/8c
kitty, kitty. Veteran wildlife filmmaker Bob Poole sets out on a madcap
adventure following a formidable cheetah mother who is determined to
keep her cubs alive. Along the way, watch him negotiate the risks and
realities of filming in the African wilderness while trying to keep up
with the fastest animal on four legs. This firsthand account of a
cheetah chase will have you rooting for the cats and the filmmaker.

The World’s Most Famous Tiger
Premieres Tuesday, Dec. 12,
at 9/8c

Known as “Queen Machli,” “Lady of the Lake” and ruler
of her territory in western India’s Ranthambore National Park, Machli
was a legendary tigress that went down in history as one of the most
well-known wild tigers in the world. Machli — whose name is the Hindi
word for fish because of fish-like markings on her face — was a
beautiful and powerful tigress that played a key role in the
regeneration of the tiger population in Ranthambore and Sariska National
Parks. Discover the incredible stories behind Machli’s rise to power and
her legacy.

Lion Kingdom
Premieres Wednesday, Dec. 13, at 9/8c
the intense dramatic story of three lion prides battling each other for
territory, food and power along the Mwagusi River in Tanzania. Destiny
conspires to bring the prides together, leaving a bold lioness fatally
wounded and devoured by hyenas. A teenage son is excommunicated
and unlikely to survive. This is the story of family, death and
revenge. This is war.

Safari LIVE
Premieres Thursday, Dec. 14, at 10/9c
us as we head back to South Africa and Kenya to revisit the excitement
of Safari LIVE for a special two-hour broadcast during Big Cat
! Get up close and personal with Africa’s most incredible
animals — such as herds of elephants, thousands of wildebeest, prides of
lions, cheetahs, leopards, hyenas, among many others. Chat with our
guides in real time using #safarilive.

Savage Kingdom: Uprising
Season Finale Premieres Friday,
Dec. 15, at 9/8c

The Marsh Pride’s aging king, Sekekama, is
forced to lead his family into hostile territory on a mission to save
them from a vicious drought gripping the kingdom. His great gamble leads
him into a bloody contest against rivals old and new. But his control
over one treacherous son will determine Sekekama’s hold on power, and
the future of his own legacy.

About National Geographic Society’s Big Cats

The National Geographic Big Cats Initiative was founded in 2009 with
Dereck and Beverly Joubert — filmmakers, conservationists and
explorers-in-residence — as a long-term effort to halt the decline of
big cats in the wild. The initiative supports efforts to save big cats
through assessment, on-the-ground conservation, education and global
public awareness campaigns. With your help, we’ve supported more than
100 innovative projects to protect seven iconic big cat species in 27
countries and built more than 1,700 livestock
 to protect livestock, big cats and people. Together,
we’re helping big cats and communities thrive. For more information on
the Big Cats Initiative and how you can get involved, visit

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