Big Cats About The House

Ep 1/3

Thursday 22 March

8.00pm-9.00pm

BBC TWO

Big cat expert Giles Clark returns to the UK to embark on his biggest undertaking yet: running the Big Cat Sanctuary in Kent, which he hopes to build it into a centre of global excellence conservation, in this three-part observational documentary series for BBC Two.

In episode one Giles steps in to help Maya, a weak and vulnerable five day-old black jaguar cub who has been neglected by her mother. Taking her home, Giles provides her with care around the clock. We get to know Maya, witness her developmental milestones and her growing relationship with Giles, his fiancée Kathryn and daughter Sam.

At the sanctuary Giles has his hands full improving the lives of the 50 cats who live there, and working towards them becoming ambassadors for their wild cousins.

To experience the plight of big cats in the wild first hand Giles travels to Cambodia, where he sees the terrible problems that clouded leopards are facing. The trip fuels Giles’s determination to want to raise awareness and provide much needed help. Back at the centre Giles and his team plan their annual open days to help raise funds.

Back at home Maya is growing well and has started to move around the house - but suddenly her health deteriorates and she develops eyesight and mobility issues. She is rushed to a high-end veterinary hospital where, at only five weeks old, her life hangs in the balance.

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