Big Cat Week 2012 Starts Sunday!

Nat Geo Wild presents the third annual Big Cat Week starting Sunday, Dec 9th. The week features shows that highlight the kings and queens of the jungle! From Cougars, tigers, cheetahs, jaguars, and snow leopards and more, it’s a great time to learn more about these amazing cats!

A few facts that might surprise you:

· Africa’s lion population has declined by more than 90 percent in the last 50 years.
· There are now more tigers living in captivity than in the wild.
· Cheetahs have disappeared from more than 75 percent of their range.

Big Cat Week is part of the Big Cats Initiative to stop poaching, save big cat habitats, and “Cause an Upraor“! Tune in Sunday to watch the first ever capture and release of an endangered snow leopard in Afghanistan!

Snow Leopard of Afghanistan
Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT

Afghanistan, one of the most dangerous places on earth, is also home to a population of endangered and elusive snow leopards. These big cats are a species under constant threat from poachers and farmers who fear that the leopards are attacking their livestock. But experts can’t protect them without knowing more about them. Now, Nat Geo WILD joins the WCS and an international team of experts, including big cat tracker Boone Smith, as they set out on a mission in the middle of a war zone: to find, capture and collar a snow leopard, and release it back into the wild. With GPS to track the big cats’ location and WCS camera traps already in place, if successful, the expedition will offer a deeper understanding of the rare and beautiful species.

Snow Leopard of Afghanistan: Boone’s Mission
Big cat trapper Boone Smith embarks on his most dangerous mission yet.

Follow along with others on Twitter using hashtag #BigCatWeek!

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One Response to Big Cat Week 2012 Starts Sunday!

  1. Aaron says:

    Big Cat Week is my favorite! Before I started working at DISH I was a wildlife biologist, so I know what a big deal it is to captured and release a snow leopard. I am going to be watching this episode as well as whatever ones they are willing to provide! Last year there were A LOT Big Cat Week shows I missed out on because of my old DVR. But now that I have the DISH Hopper with 2 terabytes of recording space, there is no chance that I could ever miss a Nat Geo marathon again.

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