Nat Geo Wild Big Cat Week, SafariLIVE EP Graham Wallington, “They’re sensing us”

BRAZIL- Jaguar at rest. (Photo credit; BBC NHU/ Nick Green)

A fierce documentary on the fight to survival of the world’s biggest felines,  Big Cat Week premieres on Nat Geo Wild on February 20th, 2017, at 9pm ET, 6pm PT on DirecTV

By Gabrielle Pantera

HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Daily Star) 2017/2/20 – “They’re sensing us,” says SafariLIVE executive producer Graham Wallington. “They’re connected to us, and you can feel it on SafariLIVE. It makes you feel, the interaction that’s happening between the animals and us. They’re not scared of us. They’re not looking to avoid us. They’re actually almost seeing us as part of that environment. I think that’s what part of what SafariLIVE is about, putting you in the opportunity to actually feel like you’re in the actual wild at that time. So if you don’t like getting outdoors, here is a great way to do it. You can stay indoors and go on safari.”


SafariLIVE is broadcast 100% live every Sunday night on Nat Geo WILD, and year around on Facebook and YouTube. Nat Geo WILD presents Big Cat Week, a week dedicated to nature’s fiercest felines, big cats, creatures of magnificent strength, ferocity and beauty that are rapidly facing extinction. With visually stunning and powerful stories from around the world, it gets us than ever before to lions, tigers, cheetahs, panthers and more as we share in their triumphs, defeats, and epic struggles to survive.

We need to fight for them. Today, big cats such as lions, cheetahs, leopards and cougars are in decline across the globe.

In Big Cat Week, Nat Geo turns 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 the following episodes:

  • February 20th, 2017,  at 9pm ET, 6pm PT
    Battle for the Pride premiere

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.

  • February 20th, 2017, at 10pm ET, 7pm PT
    Storm Cats  premiere

An intimate portrayal of lion and cheetah families, pushed to the edge by nature’s raw power. Adapt to survive.

  • February 21st, 2017, at 9pm ET, 6pm PT
    Jaguar: Super Cat premiere

Jaguars are South America’s supreme predator. They’re also one of the most elusive animals on the planet. A pioneering team in Brazil tracks wild jaguars to gain new insights into their lives. When two young jaguar cubs are tragically orphaned, the team needs to use all their new-found knowledge to help the cubs return to the wild.

  • February 22nd, 2017, at 10pm ET, 7pm PT
    Soul of the Cat  premiere

The deep similarities between the domestic cat and lions and leopards. Their behavior from the stages of the hunt, the bonding, marking, mating and all the rituals that make house cats miniature reflections of the wild cats. Revere the small lion on our laps.

  • February 24th, 2017, at 9 pm ET and 6 pm PT
    African Cats premiere

In Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve, lion cub Mara strives to grow up with her mother’s strength, spirit and wisdom. Sita is a fearless cheetah, a single mother of five mischievous kittens. Fang, the proud leader of the pride, must defend his family from a rival lion and his sons.

Big Cat Week is part of the Big Cats Initiative, a long-term commitment by the National Geographic Society to stop poaching, save habitat and initiate the big steps needed to save big cats around the world. This global initiative actively supports on-the-ground conservation projects and education to reverse the rapid disappearance of big cat populations.

Nat Geo Wild is a cable/satellite TV channel focused primarily on wildlife and natural history programming.

Twitter: @natgeowild

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