National Geographic Abu Dhabi presents a week dedicated to nature's fiercest felines-big cats. These creatures of magnificent strength, ferocity and beauty are rapidly facing extinction. Get closer than ever to lions, tigers, cheetahs, panthers, and more as you share in their triumphs, defeats, and epic struggles to survive.
Big Cat Week: The World's Most Famous Tiger AKA 'Machli'
Known as the Queen of Ranthambore, Machli is the most famous tiger in the world. The legendary tigress is a fearsome warrior known for her daring exploits. And she's the mother of an incredible four litters of cubs.
Big Cat Week: Man Among Cheetahs, Jaguars vs Crocs
Big Cat Week: Tiger Queen
In this high definition programme, the world of the Indian tigers is uncovered, showing tigers in all their glory, their secrets and battle for survival, in Ranthambhore National Park, India.
Big Cat Week: Birth of a Pride
In Selinda, Bostwana, lions had been hunted to near extinction but, thanks to conservation, the number of lions has grown from two to over 60. Witness an incredible and heartwarming story of survival through the eyes of the lions that beat the odds. Follow six cubs as they navigate the world and learn to hunt, socialise and survive in the now flourishing wilderness.
Big Cat Week: Clash of Tigers
Two royal Bengal tigers in Ranthambore, India, are sisters, natural born killers, granddaughters of the most famous queen tiger in the world and heirs to her magnificent throne. They live in a paradise that is one of the last tiger sanctuaries on Earth. And they want only one thing: to remove their mother, destroy the other sister and reign supreme. This is their story.
Big Cat Week: Man vs. Puma
Big cat expert Boone Smith travels to Patagonia to observe pumas thriving in the wild under increased conservation efforts. The cats have not learned to fear humans, making this the one area in the world where people can observe their behaviour up close. Once there, Boone is fascinated to watch the pumas hunting penguins, an incredibly rare behaviour. The tables are turned when a big cat starts to stalk HIM and he comes face to face with a hungry mother on the hunt.
Big Cat Week: Regime of the Queen
The lion is the king of beasts but it is the lioness that is the real power behind the throne. She is 135 kilograms of predator, part of a pride that forms family groups that work together to strike down prey and ferociously patrol the boundaries of their territory. The lioness will let nothing threaten her family’s rule. Through creating alliances and ruthlessly eliminating enemies, the land is hers to rule.
Big Cat Week: Leopard Kingdom
Karula, the Queen of Djuma, reigned over South Africa's Sabi Sand Reserve for over a decade. Throughout her rule she endured droughts, attacks on her territory, and staved off hunger. She had three suitors, six cubs, and five grand-cubs. Her kingdom was strong, but now she is gone. Between Thandi, Shadow, and Xongile - three of Karula's eldest daughters - a new queen will take the throne. But when an interloper finds his way into their domain and aims to take the thrown for himself, will the sisters put family first?