Nat Geo Wild Big Cat Week Returns: Jaguars in Brazil, Lions in Tanzania, Cheetahs in Kenya, Tigers in India

By Gabrielle Pantera @gpantera

Man among Cheetah

Eighth annual Big Cat Week, premieres globally in 140 countries and 37 languages on Sunday, December 10th, at 6pm pt/9pm et/8c

HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Daily Star) 2017/12/10 – Nat Geo WILD Big Cat week wants to help save big cats. The big three cats: cheetahs, leopards and lions, are losing ground. Their numbers are declining. Cat Week shows the big cats in their natural habitats to raise awareness of these gorgeous feline creatures.




Eighth Annual Big Cat Week

Premieres Sunday, Dec. 10, at 9/8c

Jaguar vs. Croc

  • World-renowned 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 how to  survive.  A male jaguar named Scarface, dives headfirst into a river to tackle the deadliest of opponents — a 6-foot-long caiman.

Premieres Monday, Dec. 11, at 9/8c

Man Among Cheetahs

  • Bob Poole veteran wildlife filmmaker  follows a formidable cheetah mother who’s determined to keep her cubs alive. See him as he navigates the  risks and realities of filming in the African wilderness.

Premieres Tuesday, Dec. 12, at 9/8c

The World’s Most Famous Tiger

  • The world’s most famous tiger is known as Queen Machli. She’s the Lady of the Lake and ruler of her territory in western India’s Ranthambore National Park. A legendary tigress, she was the most famous and well-known wild tiger in the world. Machli’s markings on her face are fish-like. Her name Machli is  the Hindi word for fish. She played a key role in the regeneration of the tiger population in Ranthambore and Sariska National Parks.

Premieres Wednesday, Dec. 13, at 9/8c

Lion Kingdom

  • Three lion prides battle each other for territory, food and power along the Mwagusi River in Tanzania. A story of survival, family, death and revenge.

Premieres Thursday, Dec. 14 at 10/9c

Safari LIVE

  • Safari LIVE special two-hour broadcast. Head to South Africa and Kenya for an up close and personal with Africa’s most incredible animals, including elephants, wildebeests, prides of lions, cheetahs, leopards and hyenas. Chat with guides in real time using #safarilive.

Season Finale Premieres Friday, Dec. 15, at 9/8c

Savage Kingdom: Uprising

  • 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. His control over one treacherous son will determine Sekekama’s hold on power, and the future of his own legacy.

Big Cats Initiative, is a long-term commitment by the National Geographic Society to halt the decline of big cats in the wild, with on-the-ground research and conservation projects to protect the planet’s top felines.

The National Geographic Big Cats Initiative was founded in 2009 with Dereck and Beverly Joubert — filmmakers, conservationists and explorers-in-residence. With help from viewers, they’ve supported more than 100 innovative projects to protect seven iconic big cat species in 27 countries and built more than 1,700 livestock enclosures to protect livestock, big cats and people.

Steve Winter’s photographs are featured in the December issue of the National Geographic magazine, in the article Kingdom of the Jaguar, available now online and on newsstands. The article is investigates the threat the jaguars in Latin America face from development projects and poaching.

National Geographic Partners is a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, combining the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic magazines, and National Geographic studios. National Geographic is 129 years old, reaches 730 million people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month. NGP returns 27 percent of proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education.

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