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"Big Cat Week – Big Cats: An Amazing Animal Family" on Nat Geo Wild

Photo Credit: Nat Geo Wild

Photo Credit: Nat Geo Wild

The Cats are the most successful family of predators on Earth.  This is the story of their epic rise to power.

In this series zoologist Patrick Aryee ventures around the world to some of the planet's wildest places, to explore the Cat's rich and diverse family tree. From the majestic Siberian Tiger, to the agile, tree-dwelling Ocelot, cats come in a rich variety of shapes, colours and sizes.

Today, there are 37 different species that rule the jungles, mountains, deserts and grasslands. They can jump higher, run faster and climb better than any other group of animals on Earth.From lions and leopards to the humble house cat, all cats today descend from a single, panther-like creature that roamed the Asian steppes 11m years ago.  This prehistoric predator ventured out of Asia and its descendants conquered every corner of Earth. Today there are eight mighty cat dynasties, with each perfectly adapted to thrive in the landscape in which it colonized.

This is an epic journey in which we reveal amazing stories of how each of these cat dynasties came to be. It's a story of mass migrations, lost lands, marooned beasts and incredible animal characters… Prepare to meet an amazing animal family - THE CATS.

Nat Geo Wild is on Starhub Channel 413 and Singtel Channel 207.