Nat Geo WILD presents a week dedicated to nature’s fiercest felines—big cats—creatures of magnificent strength, ferocity and beauty that are rapidly facing extinction. With visually stunning and powerful stories from around the world, get closer than ever before to lions, tigers, cheetahs, panthers and more as you share in their triumphs, defeats, and epic struggles to survive.
Big Cat Week begins on Nat Geo WILD starting Friday, November 28, 2014 at 9pm ET/PT.
Big cat tracker Boone Smith is put to the ultimate test in Man v. Lion when he is placed inside an enclosed acrylic box in the middle of a lion feast.
Take the Big Cat Quiz, Which Big Cat are You? at Nat Geo WILD.
Born to Run
The leopard can run up to speeds of 37 mph – 10 mph more than the fastest speed recorded by Usain Bolt.
The Purr-fect Position
Like a domestic cat, leopards often purr when content or eating.
The Love Leopard
Unlike most other African mammals, leopards have no fixed breeding season and will mate all year round.
Photograph by Michael Nichols
African Lion Cub
An African lion cub rests in the tall grasses of Botswana’s Okavango Delta. Once ranging across the African continent and into Syria, Israel, Iraq, Pakistan, Iran, and even northwest India, lions have declined to as few as 20,000 animals from about 450,000 just 50 years ago.
Big Cats Initiative
National Geographic is working to avert the extinction of lions, tigers, and other big cats with theBig Cats Initiative, a comprehensive program that supports innovative projects. Learn how you can help save these animals.