About The Show
Witness the fascinating story of a new-born wildebeest as it faces a terrifying ordeal in the wild. The natural world is a brutal environment that can also lead to the unlikeliest of bonds. From the moment it is born, every living creature on Earth must battle for survival. While many animals do not live past the first few terrifying weeks of life, others miraculously battle on against the odds and survive into adulthood. Just minutes into a wildebeest calf's life, it faces a deadly horde of predators. Unable to keep up with its mother as she flees, the calf is seized in the jaws of a lioness. But instead of ripping its prey to shreds, the lioness quietly observers the calf. For eight tense hours the two exist side by side, before the young wildebeest is abandoned, alone and motherless, in the wild. This is just the beginning of the story...see the calf's breath-taking struggle as it searches for its missing mother and fights for survival in the wild.
Asia's Lions Live in One Last Place on Earth—and They're Thriving loading...
Asia's Lions Live in One Last Place on Earth—and They're Thriving
While Asiatic big cats are rare, their spiritual importance helped inspire their human neighbors to keep them safe.
Rare White Lion Cub Born at Zoo loading...
Rare White Lion Cub Born at Zoo
The cub's parents have normal coloring, suggesting the rare coat arose from a recessive gene.
See Young Lion Yank Tranquilizer Dart out of Lioness loading...
See Young Lion Yank Tranquilizer Dart out of Lioness
Was this heroic behavior or merely cat curiosity? A big cat expert explains.
Frozen Cave Lion Cubs from the Ice Age Found in Siberia loading...
Frozen Cave Lion Cubs from the Ice Age Found in Siberia
Exceptionally well-preserved find provides a new look at the extinct carnivore.
Why Cecil the Lion Was So Popular With People loading...
Why Cecil the Lion Was So Popular With People
"Large, powerful, but regal," Cecil was known for being comfortable around humans—and simply for having a name, say those that knew him.
Rescued Circus Lions Airlifted to Safety in Africa loading...
Rescued Circus Lions Airlifted to Safety in Africa
Lions rescued from circuses in Peru and Colombia are set to arrive back home in Africa.
No, Those Aren't Male Lions Mating. One Is Likely a Female. loading...
No, Those Aren't Male Lions Mating. One Is Likely a Female.
Viral pictures of African lions mating likely show a male and a maned lioness, which are common in northern Botswana.
Lions Are Wandering Out of Parks and Into Cities loading...
Lions Are Wandering Out of Parks and Into Cities
In Kenya, residents are coming face to face with the wildlife that preceded them. It doesn't always end well.
Our Most Stunning Pictures of Big Cats loading...
Our Most Stunning Pictures of Big Cats
See National Geographic's most beautiful portraits of wild felines
Lions loading...
Lions
The lion, scientific name Panthero leo, is known as the king of the jungle, with amazing beauty and strength.
The Baffling Mystery of Gorongosa’s Lions loading...
The Baffling Mystery of Gorongosa’s Lions
As other animals flourish, lions are still struggling – but why?

Newsletter

Never miss a Nat Geo moment

Your email address
Submit