Nat Geo WILD’s Big Cat Week & Thanksgiving Disneynature Marathon #NatGeoWILD

For Thanksgiving, Nat Geo WILD’s has an epic lineup of animal adventures that will keep the whole family glued to the couch for 10 days straight.

Nat Geo WILD’s Big Cat Week and Thanksgiving Disneynature Marathon

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Nat Geo WILD’s Big Cat Week and Thanksgiving Disneynature Marathon

On Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 26, Nat Geo WILD kicks things off at 1/12c with a best of Disneynature daylong marathon, featuring heartwarming and inspiring films.

  • Deep Blue, network premiere Premieres 1/12c and 8/7c - Take a fascinating voyage through awesome aquatic realms where humans have rarely dared to go. Waddle with playful penguins, ride the waves with massive whales, meet families of polar bears and seals and discover rare, alien like creatures.
  • Chimpanzee Premieres 3/2c and 10/9c - Narrated by Tim Allen, this is a story of triumph and family bonds set in the African rainforest that follows an adorable young chimp with an entertaining approach to life.
  • The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos Premieres 5/4c and 1:30a/12:30c - Narrated by Mariella Frostrup, this is a miraculous story set in the dramatic and desolate Lake Natron in northern Tanzania, where a million crimson-winged flamingos arrive to continue the circle of life.
  • Wings of Life Premieres 6:30/5:30c and 12a/11c - Narrated by Meryl Streep, this is an intimate and unprecedented look at butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, bats and flowers.

The Nat Geo WILD's Big Cat Week follows as the anchor event. This year’s Big Cat Week is the biggest event yet, with five new premieres and a live African safari beamed into your living room.

Cougars Undercover Premieres Friday, Nov. 27, 9/8c

This is the moving story of two mountain lion mothers raising their cubs, each trying to survive the harsh conditions of a bitter winter season outside of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Never-before-seen video captures the playful, intimate and sometimes tragic lives of these two families — part of a groundbreaking study by Panthera’s Teton Cougar Project.

This is the most intense study of mountain lions ever conducted in the U.S., and the research raises some key questions. Are these cats the solitary hunters we previously thought? Why is their population dropping in the Rockies? The answers are fascinating and the stunning portrayal of the highs and lows of daily life will keep you glued to the story.

Safari Live Premieres Friday, Nov. 27 – Sun, Nov. 29, 11/10c
Premieres Sat, Nov. 28 – Fri, Dec. 4, 9a/8c (two-hour morning specials)

Now there’s no passport required to go on the trip of a lifetime to see big cats up close and personal. We provide you with two expert guides who will lead the way to stunning wildlife, in real time. You can follow along with our online bingo game to win your very own African safari, and even reach out to the guides to ask questions via email and Twitter. All you need is an appetite for adventure and a love for our wild friends in the African bush. We’ll go deep into South Africa’s Sabi Sands Park and come face to face with the best of Africa’s wildlife, including lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo and many more.

The Lakeshore Killers Premieres Saturday, Nov. 28, 9/8c

Deep in the heart of Africa, three male lions are coming into their prime with much to prove. They must forge strong bonds with a new pride and navigate the dangers of this unique wilderness, competing with hippos and crocodiles, to become true pride males and rulers of this land.

We get a bird’s-eye view of their survival tactics, including adapting their hunting skills in surprising ways.

Cat Fight Premieres Sunday, Nov. 29, 9/8c

A special edition of the popular series Animal Fight Night, Cat Fight reveals the secret tactics of the animal kingdom’s most ferocious feline fighters and brings you closer than ever before to adrenaline-packed fights from Africa, the Americas and beyond.

Watch lions fighting tooth and claw to protect their pride from outsiders, and tigers fighting for rights to a hunting ground. In Africa, the big cats of the savannah go head-to-head with their ultimate enemy — the hyena.

The Ultimate Predator Premieres Sunday, Nov. 29, 10/9c

It is said that the lion is king of beasts, but is he alone? There are 41 species of cat — the embodiment of feline grace and power, spectacular top predators that command our respect. But who is The Ultimate Predator, the one to rule them all?

They have a lot in common, including elegance, agility, strength, heightened senses, silent feet and the killer instinct. So which of them has what it takes to be a top cat — the giant tiger, the powerful jaguar, the speedy cheetah or the socialite lion? Tune in to find out and learn all about your favorite cats.

Wild Yellowstone, an award-winning two-hour spectacle, rounds out the WILD holiday with an innovative special that pushes the boundaries of wildlife filmmaking, offering audiences some of the park’s most spectacular views and intimate wildlife stories ever captured on film, premiering Sunday, Dec. 6, at 9/8c.

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