Up till now, Sky’s contribution to the nature documentary has generally been in the 3D sphere and with David Attenborough. But they can do standard natural history, too, and this two-part look at the rise of the big cat is perfect viewing. Biologist Patrick Aryee (you might remember him from the BBC Super Senses series) criss-crosses the globe for close personal contact with playful cloud leopard juveniles in Thailand, and a slightly less friendly encounter with a lion in South Africa. You can’t help but be impressed by feline resourcefulness, be it the extra fat stored on the belly of Siberian tigers to keep the chill of deep snow at bay, or the powerful back legs of the delicate African caracal that allow it to leap three metres in the air to catch birds in flight. All lovingly captured, with plenty of slo-mo for detail.
The vast east African savannah is the only place in the world where "big cats" – lions, leopards and cheetahs – can be seen in a single location. The abundant source of food is the reason why these cats, which reign at the top of the food chain, can survive. The endless grassland gives them life. This is the story of the animals on the savannah, the more than one hundred species of herbivores such as gazelles and buffalos, and the big cats standing at the top of the ecosystem.
For the first time, and through the eyes of two special mountain lion families, the true nature of North America's big cat can finally be revealed. Set in Wyoming's spectacular Rocky Mountains, the dramatic story of two mothers struggling to raise their kittens is helping scientists rewrite our understanding of these elusive predators. This is mountain lions up-close, in depth and more intimate than ever before.
There may be nearly 40 different species of wild cat running around, but only a few make it into the big cat club, including the lion, tiger, leopard, and jaguar. They're armed with an arsenal of weapons and bulk to back up one hell of an attitude. In their world, nothing is small and many things are surprising. So get ready for a vicious lesson on what makes a big cat a big cat. Is it the roar? The teeth? We'll take a look at their size, speed, claws and hunting capabilities, among so much more.