Symphony for our World
Documentary

Nat Geo Wild, X Ambassadors Set Mother Earth to Music with ‘Symphony for our World’

On Sunday, April 22, Nat Geo Wild celebrates Earth Day — and the splendor of Mother herself — with the unique one-hour special Symphony for our World. And as the special’s stunning trailer says, it’s an event you have to hear to believe.   The perfect way to relax after your Earth Day efforts, Symphony for our World combines the gasp-inducing nature footage National Geographic and its television channels are known for with an original symphony created by Hans Zimmer’s Emmy- and BAFTA-nominated Bleeding Fingers Music, featuring composers Austin Fray and Andrew Christie. The duo’s five-part composition brings viewers on a journey through five […]

Man Among Cheetahs Naborr
Documentary

‘Man Among Cheetahs’: We Ride Along with Filmmaker Bob Poole to Spot Nat Geo Wild’s Big Cat Week Stars

On a brilliant early September day, acclaimed wildlife filmmakers Bob and Gina Poole await visitors on a tiny airstrip in Kenya’s Mara Naboisho Conservancy. When we — 10 international journalists primed for adventure — land, there’s time for quick hellos before everyone leaps into waiting safari vehicles. There is somebody else we need to meet. And he’s a bit unpredictable. In their specially outfitted Land Rover, the Pooles lead the caravan to a nearby stand of acacia trees. The twitch of a tail beneath one draws our eyes to magnificent cheetah Forester, a feline star of the Pooles’ latest film, […]

Pet Talk
Nature

Sit! Stay! Speak! Get To Know The Pros Of “Pet Talk”

Get ready to know your pet. If you’re like 62% of American families, your household includes a pet. And on Feb. 19, Nat Geo WILD is premiering television’s first talk show devoted to pets and pet parents. Pet Talk is a weekly series hosted by veterinarians Tina Olivieri and Courtney Campbell, wildlife expert David Mizejewski, and field reporter Andre Millan, who will share breaking pet news, advice and amazing animal stories. In addition to the series hosts, Pet Talk will welcome animal behaviorists, biologists, grooming specialists, pet food chefs, authors animal celebrities and other recurring experts from around the world. […]

Documentary

Nat Geo Wild announces World Lion Day programming in response to Cecil the Lion’s death

The death of a beloved, humanized Zimbabwean lion named Cecil at the hands of an American hunter has sparked outrage everywhere from Twitter to Jimmy Kimmel’s emotional thoughts on the subject during his show last night. Nat Geo Wild today announced that, in response to Cecil the Lion’s tragic death, the network will commemorate World Lion Day on Aug. 10 with a lineup of big cat programming to “remind viewers why these vital apex predators are so important to protect.” (Note that these shows are not directly about Cecil, but about lions in general.) “Nat Geo WILD has supported the National Geographic […]

TV News & Program Updates

Westminster Dog Show coverage moves to Fox Sports 1 and Nat Geo Wild in 2017

The ever-popular Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show will have a new television home for the first time in more than 30 years starting in 2017, when coverage of the prestigious event moves to Fox Sports 1 and Nat Geo Wild. The Westminster dog show has been broadcast by USA Network (and CNBC, in recent years) since 1984, and will end on those networks after the 2016 event. The new agreement with Fox Sports 1 and Nat Geo Wild is a 10-year worldwide, multi-platform rights agreement starting in 2017. According to a Westminster Kennel Club release, starting in 2017, the Westminster dog show […]

No Picture
Documentary

Nat Geo Wild Three-Night Event: Is Your Dog A Genius?

Is your bichon a brainiac? Is your elkhound like Einstein? Might your four-legged friend who eats from your unattended garbage be one of the most intelligent beasts in the animal kingdom? Nat Geo Wild and dog scientist Dr. Brian Hare hope to answer those questions in Is Your Dog a Genius?, a three-night event that explores and explains the goings-on inside the minds of dogs. Dr. Hare — an evolutionary anthropologist and codirector of the Duke Canine Cognition Center, coauthor of The Genius of Dogs, and cofounder of Dognition, a doggie IQ testing site — uses his research to help […]

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Documentary

Nat Geo Wild’s “Secret Garden” a timely spring special

Here where I live, in southern Wisconsin, we suddenly started experiencing the first taste of spring over the past week. Temperatures in the 50s and 60s rapidly melted off about a foot of snow that had held firm on the ground for the previous six weeks, getting us ready for the official first day of spring this Friday. Amid the first stirrings of spring, it was timely that I was able to screen Nat Geo Wild’s new special Secret Garden, a lovely little program that similarly chronicles nature awakening to new seasons, and also timed in its airing near the first […]

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Documentary

Nat Geo Wild’s Sharkfest returns to try to take a bite out of Shark Week

Last year, Nat Geo Wild must have looked at Discovery’s Shark Week ratings and decided to join the feeding frenzy among viewers to watch all things “shark,” as the network debuted the similarly themed Sharkfest. In 2014, Sharkfest is back for its second installment on Nat Geo Wild, beginning Aug. 10 (same day as Shark Week). One promising element of Sharkfest versus Shark Week is that, per Nat Geo Wild’s press release, they promise no mockumentaries: “… scare tactics and mockumentaries are best left to others,” the release states (a nice shot at Discovery, which received some flak last year […]

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TV News & Program Updates

Ranking the 2014 Puppy Bowl, Kitten Bowl and Fish Bowl

Before, during and after Super Bowl XLVIII there were a number of other viewing options to occupy your time if you so chose (which may have come in handy for many, given how the Big Game almost immediately turned into a blowout). Animal lovers, in particular, had more options than usual this year to get their “bowl” fix on. There was, of course, the tried-and-true Puppy Bowl, which has adorably dominated the space for 10 installments now. But newcomers Kitten Bowl and Fish Bowl also appeared on the scene this past Super Bowl Sunday, staking claims for not only the […]