Throughout the day, Animal Planet will also air best of lion programming and marathons of audience favorites that feature Animal Planet’s large predator expert, Dave Salmoni.
World Lion Day programming will include:
--BIG CAT DIARY – airing from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Viewers get an inside look into the family lives of some of Africa’s big cats. Follow teams of fearless filmmakers as they track the day-to-day lives of individual big cats – including lions, cheetahs and leopards – living at a camp in the middle of the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya.
--INTO THE LION’S DEN – airing from 1 to 3 p.m.: Watch as Animal Planet’s large predator expert Dave Salmoni gets up close to some of nature’s most dangerous predators to prove his claim that lions are more wired to accept people than attack them. This two hour-long special tracks the adrenaline-inoculated months Dave spends walking – unarmed – deeper into a pride of wild lions.
--INTO THE PRIDE – airing from 3 to 8 p.m.: Animal Planet’s large predator expert Dave Salmoni heads deep into the African bush to save a pride of lions from elimination. He must help this pride, known for cattle raiding and aggression toward people, learn to accept humans and support the growing eco-tourism in the area. Dave must forge relationships and gain the trust of every lion from Brutus, the dominant male, to Rough and Tumble, the youngest cubs. This five-part series tests all of Dave’s experience and knowledge as a zoologist and big cat expert as he puts everything on the line to help this pride.
--A LION CALLED CHRISTIAN – airing at 8 p.m.: This one-hour special tells the tale of Christian the lion – who was first introduced to the world in an online video in 2008; the five-minute video told the story of the reunion between two young men and their 300-pound pet lion Christian a year after he was released into the African wild. See exclusive footage and revealing interviews from the people who knew Christian best.