Nat Geo Wild back with “Big Cat Week” in November

Big cats will roar back to Nat Geo Wild this November when the U.S. net brings back its fifth annual Big Cat Week with five new specials. (Pictured: Boone Smith of Dinner with Big Cats)
July 8, 2014

Big cats will roar back to Nat Geo Wild this November when the U.S. net brings back its fifth annual “Big Cat Week” with five new specials.

Kicking off the week will be the Gurney Productions-made Dinner with Big Cats (working title), in which animal tracker Boone Smith (pictured) is placed inside an enclosed box in the middle of a lion feast in order to better understand the animals’ hunting skills.

Additional premieres include Big Machine Productions’ Future Cats (w/t), which looks at environmental and social factors affecting the progression of cat species in the future; BBC Worldwide’s Fishing Leopards (w/t), on a leopard family in Botswana; Grey Films India’s Tiger’s Revenge, about the rivalry between two sister tigers in India’s Ranthambore National Park; and finally Terra Manter’s Leap of the Lynx (w/t), which follows the European Union’s efforts to save the Iberian lynx.

“Big Cat Week” is an extension of the National Geographic Society’s “Big Cats Initiative,” which supports conservation projects and education campaigns to raise awareness about poaching.

“‘Big Cat Week’ is the definition of how we can bring the intense lives of these majestic predators into viewers’ homes and hearts,” said Geoff Daniels, exec VP and general manager of Nat Geo Wild, in a statement. “These animals have been the object of our fascination and fears for years, but now they need our help more than ever.”

Dates for the specials have not yet been announced.

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Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.