Big Cat Odyssey – Nat Geo Wild, Mon Dec 6, 10pm

For some people, studying big cats is not just a hobby, but a life’s work.

Big Cat Odyssey follows award-winning filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert on their 30-year-long quest to document the behaviour of big cats in Botswana.

Bringing together three decades worth of material, the film includes extraordinary footage of hunting lions, scavenging hyenas and stealthy leopards.

Big cats kill to live and live to kill, and some of the most extreme cat sequences ever captured on film feature. A lion pride bring down a large buffalo; a blood feud erupts when scavenging hyenas move in on the kill; and we catch a glimpse of leopards who creep from the bushes to hunt and retreat into the trees before falling prey to larger killers.

But beyond the extraordinary footage lies a stark reality: environmental changes have led to dramatic decline of the lion population, and the story becomes an emotional one as the Jouberts explore what needs to be done in order to ensure their survival.

“We no longer have the luxury of time when it comes to big cats,” says Dereck. “They are in such a downward spiral that if we hesitate now, we will be responsible for extinctions across the globe. If there was ever a time to take action, it is now.”

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