Photo of students courtesy of Josie Herbert, Alta Vista Elementary School

Hang Out with Big Cats Explorers from National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative!

Who better to learn from about lions, leopards, tigers, and other big cats than National Geographic Big Cats Explorers themselves? Big cats in the wild are disappearing at an alarming rate. In fact, within your lifetime, lions in the wild could disappear forever. Since 2009, National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative has worked to reverse this decline through on‐the‐ground conservation and education projects. Don’t miss this unique Nat Geo opportunity to hear from our very own experts as they join us from the field and virtually visit your classroom!

Group of lioness, photo courtesy of Beverly Joubert.
Photo courtesy of Beverly Joubert

National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence and co-founders of the Big Cats Initiative Dereck and Beverly Joubert will join live from Botswana. Big Cats Experts including Laly Lichtenfeld, based in the Simanjiro District of Tanzania; Amy Dickman in Ruaha, Tanzania; and Shivani Bhalla based in Samburu County, Kenya, will be virtually connecting with us from Africa for this special Big Cats Initiative Sister School Program (BCISSP) end of the school year Google+ Hangout at 12 p.m. noon (ET) on Tuesday, May 5.

Throughout this past school year, these Big Cats Experts have been causing an uproar with students nationwide participating in BCISSP as they raise awareness for big cats in Africa and around the world. To celebrate this new generation of big cats champions, the Big Cats Experts will give us an exclusive update on their latest work in the field with lions, leopards, and cheetahs, and we’ll end with a final roar heard around the world!

Through BCISSP, students (like yours!) can join the effort as we work to ensure that our future is not without these big cats.

Photo of students, courtesy of Josie Herbert, Alta Vista Elementary School
Photo courtesy of Josie Herbert, Alta Vista Elementary School

BCISSP is a unique, interactive, and community service learning opportunity. Its goal is to inform students in the U.S. of the decline of big cats in Africa and connect them to the local students. Funds raised from the service learning activities will purchase much-needed school supplies for sister schools in Africa. Tune in on Tuesday to learn more about BCISSP and for some big cat inspiration from our current and budding Big Cats Experts.

Tuesday’s event is not just for those classrooms already involved in BCISSP! All teachers, students, and feline fans are encouraged to tune into this big cats celebration!

Be sure to submit your questions ahead of time in the comments below or on the Google+ page and they may be answered on air!

Join us for the Google+ Hangout on Tuesday, May 5th at 12 p.m. ET.

Learn More

National Geographic Big Cats Initiative

Big Cats Initiative Sister School Toolkit


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