Big Cat Diary, Series 1Closed Captioning
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The big cats of the Masaai Mara wildlife community as never seen before. Specialist wildlife presenters target individual families: a pride of lions, a cheetah mother and her cubs, and the elusive leopard. A very personal relationship develops between the humans and animals as the filmmaker records the daily routines and the ups and downs during six weeks in the life of their subject. The update is filmed six months later and catches up with the animals we have grown to know and love. Have they survived?
|1||Closed CaptioningVideoEpisode 1||The most elusive of the big cats is the leopard. In the Masai Mara, a large female called Half-tail lives with her eight month-old cub. Both are less secretive than most leopards. They move around by day and are easily spotted by the well-trained eye. At the Northern end of the reserve is a cheetah mother with two three-month-old cubs. When last seen, they were living perilously close to the territory of a male lion.||29:11||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|2||Closed CaptioningVideoEpisode 2||Torrential storms have turned the short grass plains into a quagmire, and the Big Cat Diary team can only hope that the rains will stop so that they can continue their vigil after sun-down. By day, the routines of the big cats have become clearer, but what do these animals do in the dead of night? Equipped with night vision goggles and using special infra-red cameras, the Big Cat Diary team unravel some of the answers as they move around the bush in complete darkness.||28:59||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|3||Closed CaptioningVideoEpisode 3||Fundi the cheetah and her two cubs have gone missing and the search is on to find them. When last seen, one of the cubs had developed a limp.This could be a crucial week for the family. Half-tail the leopard and her cub are less elusive. Most days they were spotted around the gorge close to the heart of their territory. The cub is playful, and quite undeterred by the unseasonal, stormy weather. The lions are also posing problems for the Big Cat Diary team. One pride has dispersed, but two impressive new males have moved in. Nearby, a herd of zebras is cashing in on the fresh grazing, which means a lion hunt could well be on the cards.||28:03||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|4||Closed CaptioningVideoEpisode 4||Simon King, Jonathan Scott and the Big Cat Diary team have now been tracking the cheetahs, lions and leopards of the Masai Mara for four weeks. Every day, the individual animals and their habits are becoming more familiar. The wildebeest migration is now at its height. There is also wonderful footage of the female leopard Half-tail and her surviving nine month-old cub hunting and playing by day and night. Kidogo, the cheetah mother, must keep clear of the neighbouring lion pride as she searches for food for her two young cubs. Meanwhile, some lions are killing the cubs so the females come on heat again.||29:09||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|5||Closed CaptioningVideoEpisode 5||In the last episode, Fundi the cheetah finally reappeared. She and her cubs now seem in good shape, but will they stay in sight? Presenters Simon King and Jonathan Scott spend every daylight hour unravelling the character and the habits of the big cats they have been following for the last five weeks. With the aid of infra-red light they continue their vigil into the night.||28:51||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|6||Closed CaptioningVideoEpisode 6||In the final programme, presenters Simon King and Jonathan Scott say a sad farewell to the big cats they have grown to know and love over the last six weeks in the Masai Mara.||28:55||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|7||Closed CaptioningVideoSeries 1 Update Special||Simon King and the BBC Natural History Unit film crews return to Kenya's Masai Mara game reserve to film the lives of the four big cat families they first captured on camera four years ago.||49:02||$1.99||View in iTunes|
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I love this program. Please, bring on the rest of the seasons.
Big Cat Diary Series 1
The series is awesome and the filming amazing. But beware, episode 6 is a truncated file. The file is cut off at 7 minutes. Don't buy the season, as you will waste a $1 instead of saving $1.
The entire series was great. It was suspenseful, and kept me at the edge of my seat as I waited to hear what happened to the lion cubs, or to the cheetah cub Toto. It is sad to hear that Honey and Red, the marsh pride's dominate female, died. Red was murdered by herdsman who had illegally moved to the reserve, while Honey died by a fatal accident in which the vet tried to save her from.
All in all, it was a great series. I wish it still aired in the US, but I can understand why they didn't continue it. At least we can still read the news on Jackson's blog, which gives you detailed information about each big cat in the series.