|BIG CAT WEEK - NAT GEO WILD|
As part of National Geographic Society’s Big Cats Initiative, which is their ongoing commitment to save these endangered species; Big Cat Week provides extraordinary film footage in an effort to raise worldwide awareness of their potential loss to future generations.
Poaching, destruction of natural habitats, prey decline, pesticides and even tuberculosis and canine distemper has drastically reduced big cat populations. As an example, in the last 2,000 years, more than a million lions roamed the earth with those numbers presented across the African continent to as far as parts of northwest India. Then, only 60 years ago, the population had contracted to an estimated 450,000, and is currently assessed to be as few as 20,000 individuals. A link to an interactive map that clearly displays this devastation (as you progress the timeline forward) provides the shocking and rapid proof of the decline that we see today.
|Derek and Beverly Joubert|
Over the last 25 years, the Jouberts, who are also staunch conservationists, have amassed a body of distinguished research, which has been translated into 10 books, numerous articles for National Geographic Magazine, six scientific papers and 22 films that have garnered them five Emmys, a Peabody, the World Ecology Award and most recently induction into the American Academy of Achievement.
To find out more about the National Geographic Society’s Big Cats Initiative and how you can participate, simply follow this link.
Big Cat week begins Monday, Dec. 6 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on NAT GEO WILD.
Below is a preview of Monday’s premiere episode, Big Cat Odyssey.
For other videos in the series along with interesting big cat facts, photos and programming schedule, visit NAT GEO WILD online.