BarkFest on NatGeoWild

The Olympics are going to have some four-legged competition this year, with Nat Geo WILD’s fourth annual BarkFest event kicking off the same night. For the first time, BarkFest will span an entire week, including coverage of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show — aka the dog Super Bowl. Other premieres include stories of incredible dog heroes, the science of canines and the people who love them and a special canine-themed episode of The Incredible Dr. Pol.

BarkFest premieres Friday, Feb. 9, 8/7c on Nat Geo WILD. For more information, visit

The pick of the BarkFest litter is the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show coverage, including the Road to Westminster Dog Show, an unprecedented all-access look at the journey to Best in Show, premiering Sunday, Feb. 11, 8/7c. The series follows dogs and their handlers as they prep for the biggest competition of their year. See what it really takes to train a top dog — from handlers to dog diets to dog hotels. Watch the action of the qualifying rounds, then tune in for the main events: the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and Masters Agility Championship at Westminster on Nat Geo WILD and on FOX sister networks (see below for full schedule).

“I’ve never been happier to say that Nat Geo WILD is going to the dogs,” said Geoff Daniels, executive vice president and general manager, Nat Geo WILD. “We look forward to BarkFest every year, putting out our best-in-show programs to honor man’s best friends and all the people who love them.”

We can’t wait for all the amazing shows. Here is the line up:

Science of Dogs
Premieres Friday, Feb. 9, 8/7c
Think you know everything about our canine companions? They have been used as castle guards, rescuers, hunters, fashion accessories and herders. There are 400 breeds and counting, from the three-pound Chihuahua to the 270-pound bullmastiff, and dogs have the largest morphological differences of any animal species on the planet. The Science of Dogs provides an in-depth look at man’s best friend. With updated science and even stories of dogs that drive, you will be running to the nearest shelter to get one of your own. Join us as we explore why dogs truly are man’s best friend.

Road to Westminster Dog Show
Premieres Sunday, Feb. 11, 8/7c
The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show predates the invention of the lightbulb, the World Series and the Brooklyn Bridge. The tradition began 140 years ago, and now for the first time we have unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to the months leading up to Westminster, where the real story begins. We follow top contenders, comeback stories and beginners who are just understanding what it takes to be Best in Show. There is no prize money for top dog, just bragging rights — so why do they do it? Road to Westminster Dog Show is a peek behind the curtain of “the dog Olympics.”

142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, LIVE Daytime Sessions
Day One Premieres Monday, Feb. 12, 1/12c
Day Two Premieres Tuesday, Feb. 13, 1/12c
Watch the world’s premier dogs compete in the preliminary rounds for the ultimate title of Best in Show. Day one features judging of the hound, toy, nonsporting and herding groups. Day two features judging of the sporting, working and terrier groups.

A Dog Saved My Life
Premieres Monday, Feb. 12, 8/7c
Man’s best friend comes to the rescue when their humans need it most. Two real-life survival stories are told with eyewitness testimony, dramatic reenactments and expert insight into how these dogs became heroes. First, a Canadian dogsled racer survived an attack by a bear thanks to one of his huskies. This brave animal waged an hourslong battle to keep the bear away from the tree where the badly injured man had taken refuge. Next, 80-year-old George Mitchell was kept alive by his dog after the two of them were trapped for hours in floods during Hurricane Katrina. Thanks to their canine companions, the two men made it out of harrowing situations alive, and with lifelong bonds to the dogs that saved them.

Master’s Agility Championship at Westminster, Encore Presentation
Premieres Wednesday, Feb. 14, 8/7c
If your kind of Valentine’s Day includes a big dose of puppy love, you’ve come to the right place. Watch the fur fly in our encore presentation of the Master’s Agility Championship at Westminster, where America’s swiftest canines run, jump and weave for the right to be called top dog.

142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Encore Presentation
Day One Premieres Thursday, Feb. 15, 8/7c
Day Two Premieres Friday, Feb. 16, 8/7c
Can’t get enough of Westminster? Nat Geo WILD will feature an encore presentation the day after the big event featuring the world’s top dogs competing for Best in Show at Madison Square Garden.

BarkFest also will feature Dr. Pol’s most beloved dog cases in The Incredible Dr. Pol: Be My Canine on Saturday, Feb. 10, 9/8c. From pit bulls and beagles to spaniels and Labs, Dr. Pol and his team fetch solutions for Fido.

The week is filled with special encore presentations of some of viewers’ favorite dog-related programming, including World’s Funniest Dogs, Unlikely Animal Friends: Barktacular, How Dogs Got Their Shapes, World’s Greatest Dogs and Super Underdogs.

PLUS sister networks FOX and FS1 join in the fun, with additional premieres that include:

FOX Broadcast Network Premiere
Masters Agility Championship at Westminster
Premieres Sunday, Feb. 11, 2/1c on FOX
The country’s top four-legged athletes attack an obstacle course of jumps, tunnels, weave poles and more in a timed competition to determine who is top dog. Don’t miss the premiere event in the fastest-growing dog sport in the country.

FS1 Premiere
142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show LIVE
Monday, Feb. 12, 8/7c on FS1
Tuesday, Feb. 13, 8/7c on FS1
Best in Show at Westminster is the most coveted dog award in the world. Day one’s presentation crowns the hound, toy, nonsporting and herding group winners, while Day two’s telecast names winners in the sporting, working and terrier groups, plus Best in Show.

We are excited to celebrate all things dog! Will you be watching?

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Tune into the Savage Kingdom on Black Friday while you recover from all the crazy sales and shopping of the day! Called “nature television as Shakespearean drama” this season brings rebellion as the sins of the lion king are carried out by his sons. Nat Geo WILD’s Savage Kingdom returns with Savage Kingdom: Uprising, a four-part global miniseries series event that tells an unvarnished tale of survival on the African plains. No better night to debut this competitive savagery than Black Friday.

Savage Kingdom: Uprising premieres Friday, Nov. 24, 9/8c on Nat Geo WILD and globally in 140 countries and 37 languages. For more information, visit

Emmy-nominated actor Charles Dance (“Game of Thrones”) returns to narrate Savage Kingdom: Uprising, a rare look at warring animal clans battling for survival in a remote region of Africa that is drying up after years of flood-soaked abundance. The winners are rewarded with the richest hunting grounds in the kingdom, while the losers are fated to exile … or even death.

“When we introduced the world to the Savage Kingdom last year, it was our version of a real-life ‘Game of Thrones’ that pushed serialized dramatic storytelling in this genre to the next level,” said Geoff Daniels, executive vice president and general manager, Nat Geo WILD. “No spoilers, but rest assured the new season is as visually stunning, intimate and intense as anything we have ever done.”

Savage Kingdom: Uprising returns to the remote wilderness of Africa to delve deeper into the individual characters and reveals the life and death decisions that drive survival in their ruthless and unpredictable world. The story continues as sons plot to overthrow fathers, clans seek revenge on their enemies and new arrivals enter the Savage Kingdom to stake their claim.

Chobe National Park, Botswana – Playing amongst each other is the easiest way for the sub-adults of the Marsh Pride to learn the necessary skills to become the hunters that they are destined to become. These games are often the reason why youngsters end up with little scars on their faces or nicks in their ears. Here two of the sub-adult males and a sub-adult female are jumping on top of each other at the edge of a natural water hole south of Matsibi Island into the open Marsh.(National Geographic/NHFU)

Will the aging lion king Sekekama hold on to his bloody crown? Has the leopard prince Neo inherited enough talent from his mother to survive? How will the lions of the Northern Pride wreak their revenge on queen Matsumi? Leaders will rise and factions will fall. No one is safe in the Savage Kingdom.

Savage Kingdom Premieres:

Savage Kingdom: Uprising: The Enemy Within
Premieres Friday, Nov. 24
Male lion Sekekama, the undisputed king of the Marsh Pride, must contend with his three eldest sons who are hungry for power. On the outskirts of their territory, the Northern Pride is growing a bloodthirsty lion army, preparing for revenge against its sworn enemy. Meanwhile, the kingdom’s deadliest leopard assassin, Saba, works tirelessly to make sure her only son follows in her deadly footsteps.

Savage Kingdom: Uprising: First Blood
Premieres Friday, Dec. 1
Neo must prepare for life as a solitary assassin, but his future hangs in the balance when his mother is left seriously injured after fighting for their fortress. Pressure mounts as Neo grows stronger and his own father, Dark Eyes, wants him out. Meanwhile, on the edges of the Marsh, the vengeful Northern queens suffer a cruel blow to their growing pride when their drifter king returns.

Savage Kingdom: Uprising: Reign of Traitors
Premieres Friday, Dec. 8
The Marsh Pride reaches its breaking point as Sekekama struggles to suppress the rebellion of his three treacherous sons and protect his kingdom. As the Great Marsh withers in the grip of the dry season, Zalika, the hyena queen, raises new troops to prepare for her moment of triumph. And the vagabond Pale Pack of wild dogs fights for survival, driven to desperate lengths for food.

Savage Kingdom: Uprising: King Slayers
Premieres Friday, Dec. 15 as part of Big Cat Week
The Marsh Pride’s aging king, Sekekama, is forced to lead his family into hostile territory on a mission to save them from a vicious drought gripping the kingdom. His great gamble leads him into a bloody contest against rivals old and new. But his control over one treacherous son will determine Sekekama’s hold on power, and the future of his own legacy.

The last episode of Savage Kingdom: Uprising premieres on the last day of Nat Geo WILD’s Big Cat Week, running Sun, Dec. 10 through Friday, Dec. 15. The buzzworthy Big Cat Week includes innovative new specials featuring world-renowned storytellers. National Geographic photographers Steve Winter and Bertie Gregory track down and capture incredible footage of Brazil’s top predator in Jaguar vs. Croc; famed wildlife filmmaker Bob Poole reveals the intimate story of a cheetah mother and her cubs in Man Among Cheetahs; three prides of lions battle over territory, food and power in the dramatic special Lion Kingdom; and we reveal the secrets of a legendary tigress that famously reigned over her territory in western region of India in the new special The World’s Most Famous Tiger.

Savage Kingdom is produced by Icon Films and Natural History Film Unit Botswana for Nat Geo WILD. Icon Films executive producers are Harry Marshall and Laura Marshall, and series producer is Lucy Meadows. Natural History Film Unit Botswana producer is Brad Bestelink. For Nat Geo WILD, executive producer is Ashley Hoppin, senior vice president of development and production is Janet Han Vissering and executive vice president and general manager is Geoff Daniels.

The No. 2 Week of Sharks Returns! #SharkFest

SharkFest, television’s second-best-known week of sharks, returns to Nat Geo WILD on Sunday, July 23 at 8 PM ET. In addition, decorated Olympian Ryan Lochte makes a splash to help spread the word about the most sharks per square inch on television.

A large Lemon Shark gulps down a large tuna head in front of a crowd of divers, Fiji.

Celebrating its fifth anniversary, SharkFest presents factual shark stories incorporating innovative research technology to reveal compelling insight on some of the most unique shark species in the world. With the help of scientists and shark experts, SharkFest will deliver the facts and raise awareness about these “jawsome” animals in more than 131 countries and 38 languages.

We are so excited, there are some seriously amazing shows lined up. Sharks are amazing, and the shark experts have so much interesting info to share. You are not going to want to miss it!

Shark v Predator
Premieres Sunday, July 23 8/7c
SharkFest kicks off with a look at the animals that dare to take on sharks. Seals, crocodiles, octopi, bobcats and even birds have gone head to head with these elite killers, and we’ve uncovered the footage to prove it. Watch rare moments when a shark ends up on the receiving end of an attack. It’s time for nature’s ultimate underwater showdown.

Tiger Shark Terror
Premieres Monday, July 24 8/7c
Every diver has been warned that sharks feed at night, but is this a myth or does the truth lurk somewhere deep beneath the waves? Professional shark diver Eli Martinez and scientist Matthew Smukall plunge into the nighttime world of Tiger Beach to investigate whether shark behavior changes once the sun goes down.

Mission Critical: Sharks Under Attack
Special Encore Airs Monday, July 24 10/9c
National Geographic underwater photographer and Instagram star Brian Skerry is on a mission to change the perception of our oceans’ greatest predators – sharks. After three decades capturing the world’s oceans on camera, Skerry knows sharks as kings of the oceans that keep these fragile ecosystems functioning, not as violent “Jaws”-like man-eaters.

Shark Swarm
Premieres Tuesday, July 25 8/7c
Across the vast oceans are underwater oases where sharks congregate in huge numbers. What is the attraction at these mysterious waypoints? Join shark scientist Riley Elliott on a unique expedition as he investigates some of the largest and most mysterious shark gatherings on the planet.

World’s Deadliest: Shark Frenzy!
Premieres Wednesday, July 26, 8/7c
The deep blue sea is a majestic place explored by many, but it also holds some of the world’s deadliest apex predators … sharks! These savage killers have one thing in common: the need to feed. In their quest, they use sheer force, technique and genetics to achieve their ultimate goal.

Go WILD on Mother’s Day

Are you ready to celebrate all the incredible moms in the animal kingdom? You are in luck! Nat Geo WILD is showing amazing animal moms all day long on Mother’s Day, Sunday May 14th.

Tune in to discover the heartwarming stories of how our planet’s wild animals raise their young — from a mother sheep comforting her crying lamb to a lioness guarding her cubs in the middle of the African wilderness — with a lineup of adorable programming suitable for the entire family. You may be surprised at how similar the parental styles of the natural world are to our own!

Young lamb and mother in nursery pen at Cotswold’s Farm Park. (Photo credit: Oxford Scientific Films 2015/Kate Laurie)

The celebration begins with a morning alongside the animal moms of the African wilderness in a special airing of Nat Geo WILD’s hit series Safari Live from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. ET. Safari Live gives you a front-row seat to an actual safari as our guides get you up close and personal with some of Africa’s most iconic species — such as lions, leopards, elephants, giraffes and more — in real time. Viewers can interact with the guides in real time on Twitter using #safarilive.

Later, we reveal the secrets behind moms in the wild in a three-part special, Animal Moms, beginning at 8 p.m. ET. This charming program explores the ways in which animal mothers rear their young, from the moment of birth to the “terrible twos” and beyond. Each episode features a mix of science, fascinating stories and heartwarming moments to show how animal mothers devote their lives to their babies. Discover the surprising realities behind the greatest bond in the animal kingdom: motherhood.

Location: Dzanga-Sangha Reserve, Central African Republic: New born baby Sopo suckles at least once per hour and sleeps with his mothers in the same nest; Dzanga-Sangha Forest Reserve 2011
(Photo Courtesy of: Christina Karliczek/Doclights GmbH NDR Naturfilm)

Mother’s Day Premieres Include:

Safari Live: Mother’s Day Special
Premieres Sunday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. ET
Safari Live is back with a special broadcast dedicated to the awesome animal mothers of the African wilderness. Not only are the guides giving you a front-row seat to safari rides in South Africa’s famous Kruger National Park, but they are also live broadcasting from the iconic Maasai Mara to showcase its incredible wildlife — such as herds of elephants, packs of endangered wild dogs, prides of lions, cheetahs, leopards and hyenas, among many others. It’s a Safari Live first you won’t want to miss!

Animal Moms: Happy Birthday!
Premieres Sunday, May 14, at 8 p.m. ET
Discover the incredible stories of the mothers of the animal kingdom. We begin with the heartwarming moments immediately following birth, when animal moms establish their magical bonds with their newborns as they welcome them into the world. From their youngsters’ first steps to their first meals, see how the animal mothers’ maternal instincts kick in to keep their young safe, fed and healthy.

Animal Moms: Terrible Twos
Premieres Sunday, May 14, at 9 p.m. ET
Explore how animal moms cope when their youngsters grow from infants to toddlers. Just like for human babies, play time is extremely important for these baby animals, and their animal moms have their work cut out for them. From pygmy goats learning just how high they can climb to baby lambs learning how to use their voices, these adorable stories show just how similar animals are to us. Discover animal moms’ tactics for tackling tantrums, the way they handle bullies and their ingenious methods for child care.

Animal Moms: Home Schooled
Premieres Sunday, May 14, at 10 p.m. ET
Just like human babies, animal babies learn by mimicking their mothers. It’s essential that they acquire all of the skills that will help keep them alive in the wild. Explore how animal mothers teach their young how to communicate, behave and find food. Also, witness a group of super-surrogate moms that are vital in preserving the future of various species.

We hope that you will enjoy tuning in to these great programs! We got a sneak peek, and the shows are just great. Perfect for the entire family to enjoy.