Nat Geo Wild Seeks Big Cat Awareness, Saddened by the Death of Lion Cecil

Cecil the lion

Cecil the lion

In Response to the tragic death of beloved Zimbabwean lion Cecil, Nat Geo Big Cats Initiative announces efforts to save lions and a line-up of big cats programs to air on World Lion Day, August 10th 

By Gabrielle Pantera

HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Daily Star) 2015/7/29 – “Nat Geo Wild has supported the National Geographic Society’s Big Cats Initiative since we went on the air five years ago with our annual Big Cat Week event,” says Nat Geo Wild EVP Geoff Daniels. “And unfortunately, it’s news like the tragic death of beloved Cecil that reminds us that our work to save these majestic animals is far from over. Big cat populations are in dramatic decline, and it is our network’s responsibility to do everything we can to bring awareness to their plight.”

Nat Geo WILD today announced plans to commemorate World Lion Day, Monday, Aug. 10th, with a full day of big cat programming to remind viewers why these vital apex predators are so important to protect. The network’s programming initiative also draws awareness to Sheds Light on the Decline of Big Cats Worldwide Full Lineup of World Lion Day Programming, Aug. 10th.

Nat Geo WILD is actively supporting the National Geographic Society’s efforts to protect big cats by promoting #5forbigcats on social media platforms. NatGeo asks that you give $5 (or more) to help to increase awareness of and promote additional action on this issue.

The lineup for World Lion Day includes:

  • Monday, Aug. 10, 2015:
  • 12 p.m.   Lion Battle Zone
  • 1 p.m.     Lion Gangland
  • 2 p.m.     The Last Lions (2 hours)
  • 4 p.m.     Game of Lions
  • 5 p.m.     Killer Queen
  • 6 p.m.     Fight for Life: Lion Pride Takeover
  • 7 p.m.     Man v. Lion

National Geographic Big Cats Initiative (BCI)

Founded in 1888, the National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. It reaches more than 400 million people worldwide each month through National Geographic and other magazines, National Geographic Channel, television documentaries, music, radio, films, books, DVDs, maps, exhibitions, live events, school publishing programs, interactive media and merchandise. National Geographic has funded more than 10,000 scientific research, conservation and exploration projects.

The Big Cats Initiative is a long-term effort to halt the decline of big cats in the wild. BCI supports efforts to save big cats through assessment efforts, on-the-ground conservation projects, education, economic incentive programs and a global public-awareness campaign.

@NatGeoWild #SaveBigCats

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