THE WORLD’S MOST FEROCIOUS FELINES RETURN FOR NAT GEO WILD’S SEVENTH ANNUAL BIG CAT WEEK
Weeklong Event in Partnership With National Geographic Society’s Big Cats Initiative Aims to Raise Awareness of the Plight of Big Cats
Big Cat Week Premieres Monday, Feb. 20, at 9/8c on Nat Geo MUNDO
For millions of years, big cats have stood atop the food chain as treasured icons of the wild. We have a deep, ancient connection with these revered predators. We admire them; we fear them; and now, we need to fight for them. Today, big cats such as lions, cheetahs, leopards and cougars are in decline across the globe. Nat Geo WILD’s seventh annual Big Cat Week has turned 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 Battle for the Pride on Monday, Feb. 20, at 9/8c. Discover 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. Additionally, on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 10/9c, National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence and renowned filmmakers Beverly and Dereck Joubert present Soul of the Cat, in which they explore the deep connections and parallels between domestic cats and big cats. From pet tabbies to great lions, cats of all sizes are predators in their own right.
Other premieres include Storm Cats on Monday, Feb. 20, at 10/9c, which follows the lives of two generations of big cats — lions and cheetahs — during the fleeting wet season in arid Botswana, and Jaguar: Supercat on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 9/8c, takes a closer look at South America’s supreme predator with narration by Sir David Attenborough. The week ends with Disneynature’s African Cats, with narrator Samuel L. Jackson telling a tale about the majestic kings of the savannah. See the full premiere schedule below.
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 NatGeoBigCats.org.
“We have reached a critical moment in the fight to save big cats,” said Boone Smith, big cat tracker, biologist and conservationist. “These animals are in decline and if nothing is done to protect them, then we are facing a loss of some of the most incredible species on the planet. Big Cat Week is important because it represents hope for and sheds light on an important cause. The fight to save these species is an uphill battle, but we still have time to win.”
Battle for the Pride/ La Hermandad Del Leon
Monday, Feb. 20, at 9/8c
Follow a pride in Botswana to discover the brutal realities of family life for lions. As few as one in five cubs live to two years old and it takes them years to develop the abilities needed to become an apex predator. Watch as the cubs learn from their family, mastering the expert skills needed to stay on top and practicing their killer tactics on prey. Find out who will become a lion king.
Jaguar: Supercat / Jaguar: El Super Felino
Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 9/8c
Jaguars are South America’s supreme predator, but they’re also one of the most elusive animals on the planet. Narrated by Sir David Attenborough, Jaguar: Supercat follows a pioneering team in Brazil as it tracks and follows individual wild jaguars to gain amazing new insights into their lives.
Ultimate Rivals: Cat. vs. Dog / Rivales: Perros vs. Felinos
Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 9/8c
In Ultimate Rivals: Cat vs. Dog, the competition for survival unfolds in the plains of southern Africa. Both cats and dogs bring their own unique arsenal of weapons and tactics to the playing field, yet it is not just a “cat eat dog” world in the grasslands. Lions eat cheetahs; jackals eat lion cubs; hyenas eat whatever they can get their paws on. In this competitive landscape, showdowns can be deadly, yet each species has managed to carve out its own unique existence.
Soul of the Cat / Alma Felina
Thursday, Feb. 23, at 9/8c
Produced by National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence and world-renowned filmmakers Beverly and Dereck Joubert, Soul of the Cat looks at the parallels between domestic cats and their wild cousins. From pet tabbies to great lions, cats of all sizes are natural-born killers. Soul of the Cat explores the origins and deep connections between cats of all sizes.
Storm Cats / Felinos en la Tormenta
Friday, Feb. 24, at 9/8c
Africa’s big cats lead a predictable life — they are masters of the dry terrain. However, for eight intense weeks, violent storms transform their world, shattering their routine. Storm Cats follows the lives of two generations of big cats during the fleeting wet season in arid Botswana. It is an intimate portrayal of lion and cheetah families pushed to the edge by nature’s raw power. Only those that can adapt will survive.
About Nat Geo Mundo
Launched in 2011, Nat Geo Mundo is an entertainment channel featuring inspirational programming and an innovative mix of drama and action series, all with a focus on entertaining U.S. Latino audiences. The channel provides a combination of high-quality programming that is both positive and uplifting, and that is linked to science, culture and history. As a joint project of Fox Networks Group and National Geographic Ventures, the mission of Nat Geo Mundo is to engage the bilingual and bicultural U.S. Latino community by expanding their horizons through programs about the world around them. Nat Geo Mundo is a contemporary extension of the National Geographic Society, an organization that has motivated people to become aware of the planet since 1888. For more information, please visit www.natgeomundo.com.