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THE REBELLION BEGINS ON BLACK FRIDAY

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 www.natgeowild.com.

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.

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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.

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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.

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THE INCREDIBLE DR. POL, CELEBRATES 100 EPISODES

The Celebration Begins With a One-Hour Special Event on Saturday, March 25, at 8/7c, Followed by the 100th Episode at 9/8c

After 10 seasons, over half a million patients, record-setting ratings and countless prolapses, pregnancy exams and problematic clients, Nat Geo WILD’s No. 1 series, The Incredible Dr. Pol, celebrates its 100th episode on Saturday, March 25, at 9/8c.

Holly, MI USA: Dr. Pol poses with two Percheron horses at the Michigan Renaissance Festival.
(Photo Credit: National Geographic Channels/Michael Stankevich)

The episode, which will air as the season 10 finale, follows a reflective one-hour special at 8/7c that highlights the series’ top moments and most memorable cases. Join in the countdown to the big moment by tuning in to The Incredible Dr. Pol Saturdays at 9/8c on Nat Geo WILD.

Dr. Jan Pol, the 75-year-old Dutch veterinarian at the center of it all, is a global sensation thanks to his passion, charm and old-school, no-nonsense approach to animal care. He has become a familiar face to many and has been welcomed into families’ homes and hearts through millions of televisions around the world.

It all started in 2011 when Dr. Pol’s son, Charles, pitched an idea for a show centered on the life of his father — back when only the people of central Michigan knew his name. Before Dr. Pol knew it, he was a superstar. Season after season, The Incredible Dr. Pol delivers impressive ratings as people tune in to catch America’s favorite vet doing what he does best — wrangling animals, tackling cases and spending time with his wife, Diane, his son, Charles, and the staff at Pol Veterinary Services.

“Dr. Pol is the Dutch gift that keeps on giving,” said Geoff Daniels, executive vice president and general manager of Nat Geo WILD. “There really is no one quite like him on TV with the kind of straight-up honesty and humor that resonate so well with viewers of all ages all over the world. Dr. Pol is a skilled veterinarian, a great family man, a hero to his community and a wonderful ambassador for Nat Geo WILD. We just couldn’t be more thrilled to be hitting this extraordinary milestone and sharing in his success with The Incredible Dr. Pol.”

CLARE, MICH.- Dr. Pol holds a Congo African Grey Parrot in the clinic lobby.(Photo credit: National Geographic Channels/Mark Myers)

It’s not just the viewers who have been welcomed into the life and home of Dr. Pol. The special compilation episode will take a look at the dedicated film crew that has spent years alongside the Pols in their busy clinic in rural Michigan. From racing to keep up with him on the roads to spending the holidays together, the crew has been up close and personal with the Pol family for years. We’ll take a look behind the scenes at some of the crew’s most memorable moments.

“I am thankful to the fans who have helped make this show such a great success,” said Dr. Pol. “I got into this business to help animals, and I never imagined that my career would go in this direction. I love what I do, and am happy that I’m able to be a part of the Nat Geo WILD family and share my passion for animals with the world.”

It’s an incredible event for an incredible veterinarian, covering some of the most remarkable cases and favorite memories over 10 seasons and 100 episodes.

Episodes Include:

One-Hour Special Episode
The Incredible Dr. Pol: The 100th Episode Pol-tacular!
Premieres Saturday, March 25, at 8/7c
We’ve filmed 100 incredible episodes of The Incredible Dr. Pol, and what a ride it’s been! Over the years, we’ve seen world-famous veterinarian Dr. Pol wrangling animals, tackling cases and dealing with some wild situations. Now, take a trip with us down memory lane as we look back at some of the show’s most incredible moments, remarkable cases and favorite memories over the past 100 episodes.

The 100th Episode and Season 10 Finale
The Incredible Dr. Pol: Paw & Order
Premieres Saturday, March 25, at 9/8c
Pol Veterinary Services receives a call about a rescued Saint Bernard in a life-threatening situation. Left outside in the blazing summer sun, this abused dog needs Dr. Pol’s help recovering from potential heatstroke. After a week of crazy cases and learning moments, Dr. Pol and Diane find themselves caring for the Saint Bernard and nursing him back to health. Eventually, they fall for the loveable lump and are determined to keep him out of the pound and in a suitable home. With some tender care and a little extra love, the gentle giant finally finds his forever family.

We hope you tune in! To learn more you can visit Nat Geo WILD.

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