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Big Cat Week Activities

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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:

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!

Picture of a man standing in a boma

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.

Click here to order one for yourself or as a holiday gift!

Picture of Big Cat t-shirt

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.

Click here for instructions on how to join.


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

Take Photos

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.

Picture of Beverly Joubert holding a camera

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.

Visit Wild Safari Live to join in on the action—LIVE!


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.

Picture of schoolchildren

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.


Tune In

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.


Free Downloads

View photo galleries of your favorite big cats and download free wallpaper for your desktop.

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