Big Cat Surgery with CCF

Big Animal Surgery

Tune in to BBC Two at 9pm tonight for episode one of the brand new three-part Big Animal Surgery series, presented by Liz Bonnin. In tonight’s episode the larger members of the cat family are in the spotlight. The show visits our CCF base in Namibia to learn about how the highly specialised anatomy and physiology of the cheetah compares with that of a lion and discovers the key differences between the not-too-distant relatives. Later in the episode, one of our rescued cheetahs undergoes a health check with our amazing vets to make sure that it is fighting fit for its release back into the wild.

This is not to be missed!

This first episode will feature the sequence the BBC filmed with Dr Laurie Marker, ED and Founder of the Cheetah Conservation Fund and the CCF team in Namibia. It will debut first in the UK and then air internationally on BBC Worldwide.

Dr. Mairead M. Maclean, Assistant Producer, BBC Science (BBC Scotland) told us:

“Thank you and your team, for allowing us to film with you and going out of your way to support us. We had a fantastic time working and filming with in Namibia and are indebted to you and your colleagues in Namibia for your assistance and time, without which we would never have been able to make the sequence.

“It was such a special experience to film with your team in Namibia and I am very proud that we have been able to spot light the incredible work that CCF is doing.”

Our vets in Namibia work incredibly hard to bring rescued cheetahs back to health and prepare those that can be rehabilitated for life in the wild. Find out more about the work we do to save wild cheetahs here:

The programme will be available to watch post-broadcast here: