Wild Films ~ The Story of Cats, Part I
- Library Hall
Winner! Best Broadcast Series at the 2017 International Wildlife Film Festival!
Cats are among the most feared and revered creatures on the planet. Their power, strength, and enigmatic nature have fascinated us for centuries. 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 one of the most successful predators since the dinosaurs. Using the latest camera technology and working with leading scientists, the filmmakers are able to tell the story like never before.
Join us in this two-night event, Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 3 & 4, as we journey across the globe tracking down the origins of these diverse creatures. Take an in-depth look at what makes the family of felines unique and the evolutionary tricks and adaptations that truly make a cat, a cat.
In Part 1, 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 learn 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.
Run time: 1 hour
WILD FILMS AT THE LIBRARY is a free series of award-winning international wildlife films selected from the International Wildlife Film Festival. The International Wildlife Film Festival was established in 1977 in Missoula, Montana with a mission to promote awareness, knowledge and understanding of wildlife, habitat, people and nature through excellence in film, television and other media.