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Big Cats

Earth’s ultimate predator – the wild cat – is drawn out of the shadows. Surprising behaviours, wide-ranging species and stunning habitats are revealed, in this new BBC documentary series coming to TVNZ 1.

Cats are naturally secretive, elusive and cryptic animals. Latest developments in filming technology, and a surge in feline research, bring these cat superstars into the spotlight.

If you think you know cats, you’re in for a surprise. There’s far more to this charismatic family than just their reputation as the world’s top predators. Cats have their tender side and are emotional, intelligent and complex.  

This landmark series uncovers the secret social dynamics of the wild cat family, their complex communication methods, devoted parenting and courtship, and their ability to thrive in all four corners of the globe. 

Capturing cat species never filmed before, Big Cats is a uniquely detailed portrait of this popular animal family. This epic exploration is filmed across 14 countries and chronicles 31 wild cat species, from the ghostly Canada lynx in the frozen North, to the bizarre Pallas’s cat in Outer Mongolia, the mysterious swamp tiger of Sundarbans and the tiny but daring rusty spotted cat of Sri Lanka. 

Combining fascinating behaviours with amazing stories, the series reflects the true nature of cats – and reveals how they still have the power to surprise. The planet’s top predators and everyone’s favourite animals, as you’ve never seen them before. 

Don’t miss Big Cats, coming to TVNZ 1 in 2019.

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