Age Of The Big Cats
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We think we know big cats pretty well – but perhaps we need to think again. In this unprecedented 3-part series, recent scientific discoveries combined with the latest filming technology shed new light on the extraordinary story of the big cats and their ascent to top predator status.
How did these giant carnivores survive the ice age extinctions that wiped out other terrifying predators like the sabretooths? When we learn that the jaguar was once found in UK, the cheetah thrived in Asia, and the lion, far from being African, was a true worldwide phenomenon – it’s clear our view of cats needs updating.
To find out what happened this series looks at the behaviour of cats today, in search of answers to their past. We uncover a tantalising trail of evidence across the world and through the ages. New night vision systems, super slow-motion cameras and 3D computer-generated imagery reveal a secret world of incredible and unexpected stories from the lives of the world's most charismatic predators: the Big Cats.
A co-production of CuriosityStream, Terra Mater Factual Studios, CCTV 9 and NHK