Animal Planet to Celebrate World Lion Day With New Special, Marathon of Programming (Exclusive)

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Animal Planet is celebrating the lion by dedicating an entire day's programming to the big cat.

Beginning at 6 a.m. on Aug. 10, which is World Lion Day, the channel will feature a variety of "audience favorite" shows that highlight the king of the jungle with the help of Animal Planet's large-predator expert, Dave Salmoni.

In addition, an all-new special is also set to air at 9 p.m. Clash of Africa's Giants follows a lion pride's 18-month journey to establish an empire, all the while fighting rival prides, floods, fires and, eventually, elephants against the backdrop of the Kalahari Desert.

See the full day's schedule below:

Big Cat Diary, 6 a.m.-1 p.m.: Filmmakers document the family lives of African lions, cheetahs and leopards in Kenya. 

Into the Lion's Den, 1-3 p.m.: This two-hour special follows the months that Salmoni spent studying lions up close in order to prove they're more likely to accept people than attack them.

Into the Pride, 3-8 p.m.: This five-part series focuses on Salmoni's mission to save a pride of lions before their aggression toward the growing amount of tourists results in them being eliminated. 

A Lion Called Christian, 8 p.m.: Christian the lion became famous after a video of him reuniting with two young men who once had him as a pet went viral. This is his story, after nearly a year of living in the African wild. 

Clash of Africa's Giants, 9 p.m. The special is produced for Animal Planet by Icon Films. Patrick Keegan is the producer for the network, while Harry Marshall and Laura Marshall are executive producers for Icon.