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This pride, found in Gir National Park, in Gujarat, India, drink from a watering hole. Asiatic lion populations have dwindled so dramatically that Asiatic lions only remain in India.

Photograph by Umang Dave, MyShot

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In The Field
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In The Field

The Big Cats Initiative is dedicated to protecting critical big cat species and the habitats that they call home.

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About the Big Cats Initiative
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About the Big Cats Initiative

The Big Cats Initiative supports on-the-ground conservation projects and education to save big cats.

  • Concepts: amur leopard, big cats, cats, cheetah, conservation, extinction, initiative, mountain lion, national geographic society, snow leopard
Big Cats Initiative
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Big Cats Initiative

Learn all you wanted to know about big cats with pictures, videos, photos, facts, and news from National Geographic Society.

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Updates
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Updates

See the latest news from the Big Cats Initiative.

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On the Trail of Big Cats
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On the Trail of Big Cats

Roam the world in search of big cats with award-winning photographer STEVE WINTER. Steve will lead you from Asian jungles where resilient tiger populations persist, to the Himalayas, home of the rare snow leopard. Follow him into the rainforests of Latin America to view the elusive jaguar and to Hol...

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  • Concepts: american cougar, animals, asia, big cats, conservation, environment, himalaya, hollywood, jaguar, jungles, kamchatka bears, myanmar (burma), photography, rainforest, snow leopards, steve winter, steve winter, tigers, tigers forever
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Apply for a Grant
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Apply for a Grant

Help save big cats with National Geographic's Big Cats Initiative.

  • Concepts: amur leopard, big cats, cats, cheetah, mountain lion, snow leopard
On the Trail of Big Cats
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On the Trail of Big Cats

Journey around the world in search of big cats with award-winning National Geographic photographer Steve Winter. Follow his trail from the Asian jungles where resilient tiger populations persist, to the Himalaya, home of the rare snow leopard. Visit the rainforests of Latin America to view the elusi...

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  • Concepts: american cougar, animals, asia, big cats, conservation, environment, habitat, himalaya, hollywood, jungles, kamchatka bears, myanmar (burma), photography, rainforest, snow leopards, steve winter, steve winter, student matinees, students, tigers, tigers forever
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Lion Pride Dynamics
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Lion Pride Dynamics

Typically, when young male lions reach a certain age, they are forced from the pride. Here in the Great Marsh of Savute, a pack of male lions has formed a pride of their own with their also displaced mother lion. Young, inexperienced, and hungry, these young lions struggle with prey and compete with...

  • Best for: Grades K-12 (ages 5-18)
  • Concepts: big cats
African Wild Dog Pups Meet their Pack
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African Wild Dog Pups Meet their Pack

After three long weeks in an underground den, having known only their mother and each other, African wild dog pups emerge to meet the other members of the pack--their new family--for the very first time. Young pups must depend on their pack members for provision and protection.

  • Best for: Grades K-12 (ages 5-18)
  • Concepts: big cats
A Leopard Mother Protects her Young
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A Leopard Mother Protects her Young

A new leopard mother vigilantly protects her young against predators that lurk just beyond the den. Alert and ready, she makes guttural noises as a warning to ward off nearby threats. Big cats like lions and other carnivores will make an easy meal of tiny leopard cubs if she does not keep a watchful...

  • Best for: Grades K-12 (ages 5-18)
  • Concepts: big cats
Jaguar Hunt
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Jaguar Hunt

A proposed corridor would protect the big cat throughout its range.

  • Best for: Grades 3+ (ages 8+)
  • Concepts: belize, big cats, brazil, jaguars, mexico, preserves, united states, wild chronicles
Lions of Gir
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Lions of Gir

The survival of the only wild population of rare Asiatic lions hangs in the balance.

  • Best for: Grades 3+ (ages 8+)
  • Concepts: asiatic lions, endangered species, india, lions
Get Involved
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Get Involved

Whether you have time, money, friends, or creativity, everyone can make a difference. Help National Geographic save big cats.

  • Concepts: amur leopard, big cats, cats, cheetah, mountain lion, national geographic society, snow leopard
Tigers in the Sundarbans
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Tigers in the Sundarbans

Increasing human fatalities from tiger attacks lead villagers to try new tactics to outsmart the felines.

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: bengal tigers, deltas, endangered species, human conflict, india, national parks, tigers
Russia's Tigers
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Russia's Tigers

Join Wild Chronicles on an expedition to Russia, where researchers have the rare opportunity to study Siberian tigers up close at a wildlife sanctuary.

  • Best for: Grades 3+ (ages 8+)
  • Concepts: big cats, endangered species, russia, sanctuary, siberian tigers, tigers, wild chronicles
Cheetah Chase
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Cheetah Chase

Video. Photographer gets the shots he's been waiting for.

  • Best for: Grades 3+ (ages 8+)
  • Concepts: africa, animals, big cats, botswana, cheetah, cheetah cub, endangered species, photography, wild chronicles
Big Cat Ranges
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Big Cat Ranges

An interactive map of big cat ranges. Big cat species around the world are disappearing, all victims of habitat loss and degradation as well as conflict with humans. Big cats include lions, tigers, cheetahs, leopards, snow leopards, jaguars, and clouded leopards.

  • Concepts: big cats, cheetahs, jaguars, leopards, lions, species range, tigers
Steve Winter: On the Trail of the Tiger
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Steve Winter: On the Trail of the Tiger

Award-winning photographer Steve Winter documents the disappearance of Asian tigers in India, Sumatra, and Thailand.

  • Best for: Grades 9+ (ages 14+)
  • Concepts: big cats, india, ng live, photography, steve winter, sumatra, thailand, tigers
Leopards Discover a New Food Source
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Leopards Discover a New Food Source

The dry season leads young leopards to experiment with a a new and convenient source of food—catfish!

  • Best for: Grades 3-8 (ages 8-14)
  • Concepts: big cats, big cat week , catfish, dry seasons, hunting, leopards, nat geo wild, predation
Leopards Fishing for Catfish
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Leopards Fishing for Catfish

A leopard family hones their fishing skills as they take advantage of a new and fleeting food supply.

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: big cats, big cat week , catfish, leopards, nat geo wild, predators
Dissecting a Lion's Jump
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Dissecting a Lion's Jump

Listen to scientists break down slow motion video of a lion jumping to various heights.

  • Best for: Grades 3+ (ages 8+)
  • Concepts: big cats, big cat week , lions, nat geo wild, physiology
All About Sabertooths
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All About Sabertooths

Learn about the evolution and hunting behaviors of sabertooth cats, as well as various theories about their decline.

  • Best for: Grades 5+ (ages 10+)
  • Concepts: big cats, big cat week , evolution, nat geo wild, predators, sabertooth cat, smilodon
The Evolution of Big Cats
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The Evolution of Big Cats

Learn how today's big cats evolved from prehistoric cat-like organisms, and what factors contributed to their evolution.

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: big cats, big cat week , evolution, grass, marsupials, nat geo wild
The Oldest Known Big Cat Fossil
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The Oldest Known Big Cat Fossil

Scientists discover the oldest known fossil of modern day big cats during an excavation on the Tibetan Plateau.

  • Best for: Grades 5+ (ages 10+)
  • Concepts: big cat origins, big cats, big cat week , evolution, fossil record, fossils, nat geo wild
Big Cats Initiative Sister School Toolkit
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Big Cats Initiative Sister School Toolkit

Find free resources about big cats to use for the Big Cats Initiative Sister School Program. 

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