What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this show chronicles wildlife behavior in natural habitats, taking viewers on a virtual field trip of the world's varied ecosystems. Host Jeff Corwin admits his anxiety about the dangerous creatures he encounters, but it doesn't stop him from handling poisonous snakes or approaching an overly protective mother elephant and her baby. Younger kids may need a reminder to not go near unfamiliar animals themselves, and parents will want to brush up on their animal facts to answer kids' questions.
What's the story?
Whether he's studying crocodiles in Uganda, milking venomous snakes in Mexico, or inspecting suburban backyards for wildlife on a miniature scale, biologist Jeff Corwin shares his great enthusiasm for living things with viewers of THE JEFF CORWIN EXPERIENCE. The show follows Corwin as he travels the world observing and explaining the survival tactics of all kinds of wild animals. He works with local scientists and park rangers to gain a full understanding of indigenous creatures. Even when smaller creatures happen his way, Corwin can't resist capturing them for the camera. Often battling his own anxiety over the danger involved (sweat beads on his forehead, and his breathing grows rapid, though his excitement outweighs his worry), he carefully gets control of the animal in question, all while explaining what could happen should the animal get control of him first.
Is it any good?
Corwin isn't afraid to ham it up for the camera, and kids and adults alike will enjoy his good-natured goofiness and ad-libbed songs and jokes. The Jeff Corwin Experience is educational wildlife TV well suited for family viewing.
Explore, discuss, enjoy
Families can talk about wildlife behavior within a species. How do members of an animal group interact? Do males and females have specialized jobs? How much do animals rely on each other for safety, companionship, and food? Parents also can discuss ecological balance. How do various types of animals exhibit symbiotic relationships? What happens if any of the species becomes extinct?