Can you believe that this Thursday is Thanksgiving? Where did the time go? It seems like only yesterday we were cranking up the AC and making plans on what we were going to do for summer vacation. Now our thoughts have turned to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, the official start to the holiday season and what do with all of the leftovers from dinner.
After you have stuffed yourself more than then the turkey you just devoured, you’ll probably want to sit back, relax, and watch some great entertainment while your body digests all that yummy goodness. Some people put on football. Others look for something the entire family can enjoy.
Nat Geo WILD has some great programming that kicks off on November 26th (Thanksgiving Day). They are hosting a DisneyNature movie marathon.
I am a huge fan of DisneyNature films. I own most of them (I had to add them to my family’s movie collection). There are a few films I still need to add.
Starting at 1:00 PM (EST) / 12:00 (CST), Nat Geo WILD will host four beautiful DisneyNature films.
Deep Blue – Discover creatures of the deep that most people will never have the opportunity to see up close including majestic whales, adorable penguins, seals, polar bears and some of the weirdest deep sea dwellers you’ll ever see.
I had the opportunity to see this film (screener). Wow! It just blew my mind. Watching Deep Blue made me realize just how itty bitty each person is compared to this ginormous planet we live on.
There are some pretty amazing creatures that call the ocean home. Some I’d like to see up close and others – NEVER! Most especially the deep sea dwellers (where sunlight can’t reach).
There is a section featuring crabs that I found interesting, comical and creepy all at the same time.
Chimpanzee – This is a delightful film about chimpanzee’s and how they are more like humans than you would believe. They can form close bonds, just like people do. Chimpanzee follows the life of a Oscar, a baby chimp who gets separated by his mother, and who is able to form a deep, loving bond with another (elderly) chimp name Freddy.
The Crimson Wings: Mystery of the Flamingos – This is one of the DisneyNature films that I do not own (yet), nor have I ever seen it. It’s the story about a million crimson-winged flamingos who live, breed and continue the circle of life in a desolate location called Lake Natron in Northern Tanzania. I’m looking forward to finally having the opportunity to see this film. This film came out in between Earth (2007) and Oceans (2009).
Wings of Life – This is the other DisneyNature film that I have not seen yet or own. The film gives viewers and intimate look into the lives of butterflies, bees, hummingbirds and even flowers. I love butterflies. I find them fascinating – especially how Monarch Butterflies migrate. I can’t wait to see this film either.
In case you miss any of the films they will be re-aired later on in the evening.
Friday (November 27, 2015) kicks off Big Cat Week with a line up of amazing programming.
I think all Big Cats (Lions, Tigers, Leopards, Cheetahs…) are beautiful, but I find Tigers especially magnificent.
Check out the program line up for Big Cat Week.
BIG CAT WEEK
Premieres Friday, Nov. 27, 9/8c
This is the moving story of two mountain lion mothers raising their cubs, each trying to survive the harsh conditions of a bitter winter season outside of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Never-before-seen video captures the playful, intimate and sometimes tragic lives of these two families — part of a groundbreaking study by Panthera’s Teton Cougar Project. This is the most intense study of mountain lions ever conducted in the U.S., and the research raises some key questions. Are these cats the solitary hunters we previously thought? Why is their population dropping in the Rockies? The answers are fascinating and the stunning portrayal of the highs and lows of daily life will keep you glued to the story.
I had the opportunity to screen this special.
I understand that the cats needed to be “tagged” to be studied, but it broke my heart to see them wearing big, bulky collars.
These are amazing creatures, and I am happy that I had the opportunity to learn more about them (their spotted cubs are adorable!). If you like big cats you won’t want to miss this special. Check out the trailer (below).
Premieres Friday, Nov. 27 – Sun, Nov. 29, 11/10c
Premieres Sat, Nov. 28 – Fri, Dec. 4, 9a/8c (two-hour morning specials)
Now there’s no passport required to go on the trip of a lifetime to see big cats up close and personal. We provide you with two expert guides who will lead the way to stunning wildlife, in real time. You can follow along with our online bingo game to win your very own African safari, and even reach out to the guides to ask questions via email and Twitter. All you need is an appetite for adventure and a love for our wild friends in the African bush. We’ll go deep into South Africa’s Sabi Sands Park and come face to face with the best of Africa’s wildlife, including lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo and many more.
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Safari Live is a live event, so no video preview available.
The Lakeshore Killers
Premieres Saturday, Nov. 28, 9/8c
Deep in the heart of Africa, three male lions are coming into their prime with much to prove. They must forge strong bonds with a new pride and navigate the dangers of this unique wilderness, competing with hippos and crocodiles, to become true pride males and rulers of this land. We get a bird’s-eye view of their survival tactics, including adapting their hunting skills in surprising ways.
Premieres Sunday, Nov. 29, 9/8c
A special edition of the popular series Animal Fight Night, Cat Fight reveals the secret tactics of the animal kingdom’s most ferocious feline fighters and brings you closer than ever before to adrenaline-packed fights from Africa, the Americas and beyond. Watch lions fighting tooth and claw to protect their pride from outsiders, and tigers fighting for rights to a hunting ground. In Africa, the big cats of the savannah go head-to-head with their ultimate enemy — the hyena.
The Ultimate Predator
Premieres Sunday, Nov. 29, 10/9c
It is said that the lion is king of beasts, but is he alone? There are 41 species of cat — the embodiment of feline grace and power, spectacular top predators that command our respect. But who is The Ultimate Predator, the one to rule them all? They have a lot in common, including elegance, agility, strength, heightened senses, silent feet and the killer instinct. So which of them has what it takes to be a top cat — the giant tiger, the powerful jaguar, the speedy cheetah or the socialite lion? Tune in to find out and learn all about your favorite cats.
To finish up this amazing line up of programming, Nat Geo WILD will finish off the 10 Days of Thanksgiving on December 6, 2015 with Wild Yellowstone (9:00 EST/8:00 CST).
Finishing off Nat Geo WILD’s 10 Days of Thanksgiving with whole new look at Yellowstone, from the producers of “The Art of Flight.” Wild Yellowstone took two years to film and features cutting-edge film making, drone use, time-lapse and infrared technology to capture scenes that we’ve never seen before. The film kicks off a cross-network 100th anniversary celebration of America’s national parks. The series continues on National Geographic Channel with 8 hours of programming throughout 2016. The two-hour event includes a visit in summer and in freezing winter, an extraordinary world of fire and ice, ever changing and always testing its animal inhabitants.
Yellowstone National Park is one of our countries great parks that I would love to visit someday.
There are actually two episodes airing back to back. One is called Frozen Frontier and the other is called Grizzly Summer. I had the opportunity to view both of them.
Warning… you’ll need a cup of hot cocoa (or two!) when watching Frozen Frontier. Brrrr!!! I’m amazed that living creatures can survive such harsh conditions.
Grizzly Summer does feature a lot of bears, but it also touches upon other creatures that call Yellowstone home. It shows how their lives are in the Spring/Summer months after a long, harsh winter.
I would not recommend either episode for young children. There are several cases of animals being hunted down and killed by other animals for food, fighting and animals eating other animals.
It’s amazing to think that all of this happens in one state park. Yellowstone seems as big as a country – not a park.
These are must see specials. Be sure to mark your calendar or set your Tivo so you don’t miss out.
For more information about these and other Nat Geo WILD programs visit NatGeoWild.com. You can also check them out on Facebook (NatGeoWILD) and Twitter (@NatGoeWild).
Will you be watching any (or all) of these shows? Which one sounds the most interesting to you? Be sure to leave a comment and share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.
*I received free screeners and other goodies from Nat Geo WILD in order to do this review and in exchange for this post. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.