Saving lions, tigers, cheetahs, leopards, and other big cats in the wild
Big Cat Week Activities
Are you ready to Cause an Uproar this Big Cat Week? Pounce on these opportunities to join the action and help save big cats.
Text to Donate
Make this the most important text you send all day! If lions had thumbs, they’d text this number too.
Text LIONS to 50555 to give $10 to help National Geographic save big cats. Message and data rates apply. Terms and conditions: mgv.cc/t
Build a Boma Fence
Help National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative grantees build fortified enclosures, called bomas, to protect livestock. When livestock is safe, community members are less likely to retaliate against big cats. In some parts of Africa, a single boma can prevent four lion deaths.
Start a fundraising campaign or make a donation today at buildaboma.org!
Photograph courtesy African People & Wildlife Fund
Show Your Stripes: Hear Me Roar T-Shirt
National Geographic 2014 Emerging Explorer Asher Jay is saving big cats—with creativity. When you purchase this eco-friendly T-shirt featuring Jay’s artwork, a portion of the proceeds will go to National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative.
Photograph by Asher Jay
Meet National Geographic’s Big Cat Experts
Go face-to-face with the people who have gone face-to-face with big cats. Join a special Big Cat Week Google+ Hangout on December 3 at 1 p.m. ET, with National Geographic big cat experts, explorers, and filmmakers.
Can’t get enough of fourth-generation big cat tracker and wildlife expert Boone Smith? Nat Geo WILD has tracked him down for a live Facebook chat during Big Cat Week.
Join us on the Nat Geo WILD Facebook page December 3 at 4pm EST.
Go on Assignment
From iconic statues and door knockers to your little kitty acting ferocious, big cats are everywhere! Submit your big cat photos to this special Your Shot assignment.
Guest editor Beverly Joubert, National Geographic wildlife photographer and co-founder of the Big Cats Initiative, will curate a gallery of her top pictures. Participate from November 28 through December 5.
Click here to submit a photo.
Photograph courtesy of Beverly Joubert
Go on Safari—Live!
Starting Sunday, November 2, Nat Geo WILD embarked on a three-month safari in South Africa’s Kruger National Park to bring viewers along on a live, real-time adventure in the heart of Africa.
Explore Free Big Cat Lesson Plans
Inspire the next generation of big cat conservationists with these free big cat lesson plans. These educational materials feature videos and lessons from National Geographic explorers and grantees, giving students and teachers a true look into life in the wild.
Check out the lesson plans here.
Photograph by Josie Herbert, Alta Vista Elementary School
Join the Big Cats Sister School Program
Learn how your kids or students can become involved in National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative Sister School Program. They’ll learn about the decline of big cats and what life is like for students in Africa. Get your school involved here.
Big cats will invade your home for the fifth annual Big Cat Week on Nat Geo Wild. Let the good times roar starting November 28.Watch
View photo galleries of your favorite big cats and download free wallpaper for your desktop.Take a Look
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.