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Nature | The Story of Cats

Nature - The Story of Cats

Nature: The Story of Cats

Wednesdays, November 2 and 9 at 8 p.m. on Vegas PBS
Cats are among the most feared and revered creatures on the planet.  Their power, strength, and enigmatic nature have fascinated us for centuries.  They’ve dominated human culture since the dawn of civilization.  They are one of the most studied mammals in the world yet only now is their real identity being understood – from their incredible hunting abilities, to their unique physiology and remarkable behaviors.  With nearly 40 different species, thriving in almost any environment, the cat is the greatest predator since the dinosaurs.  Using the latest camera technology and working with leading scientists, we are able to tell the story like never before.  Join NATURE in this epic two-part event as we journey across the globe tracking down the origins of these diverse creatures.  Go from the rainforests, to the savannah, to the mountain peaks all the way into the comfort of our homes.  Get an in-depth look at this unique species and the evolutionary tricks and adaptations that truly make a cat, a cat.

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Part 1: Asia to Africa

In the first episode, we discover how the first cats arose in the forests of Asia, how they spread across the continent, and later came to conquer Africa.  We reveal how they evolved flexible limbs to climb, giant bodies to survive in the cold, and super senses to catch prey.  Ultimately we discover how becoming social made the lion, king of the savannah.  Also featured in this episode are other larger cats such as the clouded, snow and African leopards, the Bengal and Siberian tigers, and the cheetah.  However, the introductions of smaller and lesser-known species like the serval, the caracal, and the fishing, Pallas’s and sand cats are just as fascinating.

Part 2: Into the Americas

In this conclusion, we discover how cats first crossed from Asia into North America and how they went on to become the top predators of the continent.  Today there are 13 feline species in the Americas – from the mighty jaguar, to the urban mountain lion, to the curious ocelot and from the Canada lynx to the nimble margay.  The story of how all these cats came to be is an epic tapestry of pioneering spirit, powerful natural forces, and a battle for supremacy with their age-old rivals, the Canids.  Then a few brave wildcats moved into our villages in pursuit of the hungry mice that followed the farmers’ grain.  There are now more than 40 different breeds of domestic cat – from the exotic Siamese cat to the hairless Sphynx – who are still evolving.  “The Story of Cats” continues.

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