Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Animal Planet Big Cat Diary

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Animal Planet Big Cat Diary Biography

Big Cat Diary, also known as Big Cat Week or Big Cat Live, is a long-running nature documentary series on BBC television which follows the lives of African big cats in Kenya's Maasai Mara. The first series, broadcast on BBC One in 1996, was developed and jointly produced by Keith Scholey, who would go on to become Head of the BBC's Natural History Unit.[1] Eight further series have followed, most recently Big Cat Live, a live broadcast from the Mara in 2008. The original presenters, Jonathan Scott and Simon King, were joined by Saba Douglas-Hamilton from 2002 onwards. Kate Silverton and Jackson Looseyia were added to the presenting team for Big Cat Live.

 The Marsh Pride

They have been one of the most successful groups to be filmed for Big Cat Diary. The longest-standing member of the pride to be featured on the show was Khali, who was eight years old when Big Cat Diary started in 1996. As of 19 January 2010, the surviving cubs of the 1998 buffalo attack are now the oldest lionesses in the pride. These are White-Eye and the Blonde sisters, Bibi and Lispy (Bibi was kicked out of the pride in 2003 and was featured on the first series of Big Cat Week as she struggled to raise her two cubs without the support of the pride, though she was later accepted back into the main marsh pride). There are also the Three Graces, Joy, Charm and Beauty, three young females who have broken away from the main pride and formed a "satellite pride". The pride has had a succession of male leaders, including Blondie, Scruffy, Scar, Simba and Notch. The current joint leaders of the pride are two males known as Romeo and Claude. Jackson Looseyia reported in a blog entry that Red had died.
 

The Ridge Pride

This pride has only appeared in the more recent series. The main lions in this pride are Cheza and Sala. These two are young cubs that are growing up together despite having different parents. They were one of the main features of the 2005 series. As adults, they have since joined forces with another young lion from the Ridge pride and have taken over a nearby pride. Another former member of this pride was Solo, the only survivor of a litter consisting of 3 or 4 cubs. He left his pride well before the arrival of Cheza and Sala to team up with one of his older cousins to take over a pride.
Tamu and her four cubs

The focus of the 2007 series was Tamu, a lone lioness with four cubs fathered by Notch of the Marsh Pride. Tamu was a social outcast and had to hunt and raise her cubs alone without the benefits of both pride protection and help rearing her four cubs. Alone, she faced daily hostility from both Marsh Pride lionesses, male subadults, and most deadly adult male rogue lions roaming marsh territory. Her biggest test occurred when a solitary rogue male invaded her den in order to kill her cubs, which forces females into early esterus so that the rogue male can then mate and impregnate her with his own offspring. This attack, though defended by Tamu left one cub fatally injured and the rest scattered amongst the bush. Tamu was only able to collect two cubs immediately following the aftermath ( one being the injured cub who ultimately died), escaping with them to a distant new den space, forcing her to abandon the remaining two cubs without knowing their fate or location. Tamu, once establishing a new den site for the one injured and one healthy cub, then persisted in her instinct to find her lost two cubs, and was forced to leave the two survivors at the new site to return to the site of the attack and search for the missing. After multiple searches over the next two and a half days, Tamu's searching was successful, and the missing two cubs were reunited with the other sole surviving sibling to the new den site where the fourth deceased cub ultimately perished. The cause of death was a fatal wound inflicted by the rogue male, and the audience watched as Tamu and the cubs investigated, licked, and acknowledged the death of their sibling. After a day Tamu made the decision to move her young into the heart of marsh territory to a den area most frequented by the rest of the pride, in spite of the danger proposed in such close proximity to the Marsh Pride lionesses who ultimately attempted to oust Tamu and her cubs in attempted attacks upon her. The rationale for this decision is that although she is endangered by this decision, her cubs would be spared by Notch, the pride male who fathered the cubs.


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