TUNE IN: Starting on Monday, February 1, 2016, Nat Geo WILD presents Big Cat Week, a full week dedicated to nature’s fiercest felines—big cats, on their international channels. 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. Check your local listings for more details, or if you are based in the United Kingdom
Big cats worldwide are under threat—for many populations, local extinctions are imminent. As few as 3,000 tigers, 7,500 snow leopards, 10,000 cheetahs, and 30,000 lions likely remain in the wild. They are victims of habitat loss and degradation as well as conflicts with humans.
The Big Cats Initiative is taking action now to assure big cats in the wild are not gone forever. Partnering with some of the world’s leading big cat experts, the Big Cats Initiative funds on-the-ground research and innovative conservation projects to protect our planet’s top felines.
About the Big Cats Initiative
National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative was founded in 2009 with Dereck and Beverly Joubert—filmmakers, conservationists, and explorers-in-residence—as a long-term effort to halt the decline of big cats in the wild. The Big Cats Initiative supports efforts to save big cats through assessment, on-the-ground conservation, education, and a global public-awareness campaign to shine a light on this issue called “Cause an Uproar,” launched in partnership with Nat Geo WILD. With your support, the Big Cats Initiative has funded over 80 grants across more than 25 countries. See where in the world we’re supporting on-the-ground research and conservation to help save big cats in the wild.
Big cats need help.
Your Donation Will:
Bring better technology to rangers and other lion protectors to reduce poaching opportunities, identify perpetrators, and help local authorities prosecute these illegal acts.
Combat lion snaring by bush-meat hunters and provide medical treatment to snared lions.
Educate local communities on how to coexist and flourish with big cats in their backyards.
Build a Boma
Livestock enclosures called bomas protect livestock and shield them from predators such as lions. They also protect lions from being killed by people anxious to keep their livestock safe. One boma fence costs $500 to build and $25 to maintain. Start a fund-raising campaign or make a donation to build a boma today