Big Cat Week starts tonight on Nat Geo WILD! Are you ready? The seven-night television event features visually stunning and powerfully resonant stories of nature’s fiercest felines! Tonight’s premiere episode, Big Cat Odyssey, follows lions and leopards through Africa’s harshest climatic extremes. Award-winning filmmakers and National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence Dereck and Beverly Joubert set out 30 years ago on a quest to get close to big cats. Big Cat Odyssey chronicles their meticulous work over three decades of filming, photographing and documenting the behavior of big cat species in Botswana. Yes, you read that right, this has been 30 years in the making, and you don’t want to miss it!
An entire lion pride battles a large buffalo to down the beast. A blood feud erupts when scavenging hyenas move in on the kill. Leopards creep from the bushes to hunt and retreat into the trees before falling prey to larger killers. Beyond the blood and gore lies a stark reality: Big cats kill to live and live to kill.
As always, I have a sneak peek to share with you. I will be sharing videos and info for Big Cat Week each day this week!
“In the Thick of Lion Territory” – Filmmakers Derek and Beverly Zoubert spend their lives up close and personal with lions – and capture many kills on film.
Big Cat Week starts tonight! Be sure to tune in Monday, December 6, at 9PM ET/PM on Nat Geo WILD. Big Cat Week is an extension of the Big Cats Initiative, a long-term commitment by the National Geographic Society and Nat Geo WILD to stop poaching, save habitat and raise the call that big steps are needed to save big cats around the world.