The World’s Most Ferocious Felines Return for Nat Geo WILD’s Seventh Annual Big Cat Week

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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 WILD


WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–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.”

Big Cat Week Premieres:

Battle for the Pride
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.

Storm Cats
Monday, Feb. 20, at 10/9c
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.

Jaguar: Supercat
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
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
Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 10/9c
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.

Kings of the Kill
Thursday, Feb. 23, at 9/8c
In
Africa’s Serengeti, lions, leopards and cheetahs employ different
hunting techniques to catch and kill their prey. Leopards exercise
stealth, cheetahs unleash incredible speed but lions have the greatest
hunting advantage of all — the strength of a pride. But even lions have
enemies, and one lion dynasty must defend its kingdom against a deadly
foe.

African Cats
Friday, Feb. 24, at 9/8c
Disneynature’s African
Cats
captures the real-life love, humor and determination of the
majestic kings of the savanna. Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, the story
features an endearing lion cub, a fearless cheetah and a proud leader of
a lion pride who must defend his family from a rival lion and his sons.

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Contacts

Nat Geo WILD
Media Contacts:
Molly
Mulrain, 202-912-6745
molly.mulrain@natgeo.com
or
Kate
Hawken, 571-451-6330
kate.hawken@bullseyecomm.com