As you can tell from seeing any stroller with a kid in a lion’s-mane hooded sweater, kids (and parents) like big cats.
As you can tell from seeing any motorcycle with a rider in an embroidered-tiger leather jacket, this enthusiasm can take many forms.
That means somewhere inside, from the time you were 8 years old to this very day, you probably have had a favorite of your own, too. (For me it’s the cheetah. I’m a runner. What can I say?)
Full-Time Big Cat Champions
National Geographic Big Cats Initiative grantees Shivani Bhalla and Krithi Karanth have dedicated their lives to understanding and protecting big cats in the wild. Working with local communities in Africa and India, these indomitable women are helping to erase misconceptions, repair relationships, and construct a positive path to the future for people, livestock, and big cats.
Boone Smith comes from a long line of wildlife trackers, and now uses his abilities to follow the trail and get into the heads of big cats and other predators and prey around the world. As host of wildlife specials on Nat Geo Wild, he’s able to share that passion with more people than ever before.
On December 3 at 1pm ET, join Shivani, Krithi, Boone, and others in a live video chat via Google+ Hangouts. It’s part of Big Cat Week on Nat Geo Wild, our annual festival of feline film, which returns this year on Friday, November 28. It’s your chance to rediscover your passion for these captivating carnivores and learn more about them than you have in years.
National Geographic Big Cats Initiative Program Manager, Luke Dollar, will also be on hand hosting the conversation, adding information, and asking your questions to the big cat masters in the Hangout. Wildlife research and conservation are subjects about which he’s both passionate and proud. “In five short years,” Luke says, “the BCI has become one of the most quantifiably productive, effective, and cost-effective conservation endeavors.”
So what do you want to know about the lives of these amazing creatures? Do you wonder which conservation plans are working, or what’s causing the big declines in big cat populations? Or maybe you just can’t figure out why only lions hunt in prides. Well wonder no longer. Ask your questions. Hear the answers. Tell your friends.
Unleash your inner big cat fan and look in the mirror. That’s the eye of the tiger, baby.
Or maybe the leopard. Your call.
How to Participate in the Hangout
You can help us Cause an Uproar and answer your burning questions about big cats and their world by taking part in our Google+ Hangout. Send in your questions for these National Geographic Explorers and they may be asked on air. Submit your questions by posting a question on Google+ or Twitter with hashtag #bigcats or commenting directly on this blog post.