Best Animal Documentaries

Wildlife fans will delight in these exceptional documentaries about the wonders of the animal kingdom. Kids will love getting to see their favorite animals up close and personal, from tiny insects to gigantic elephants. Keep in mind some of these documentaries focus on predators on the hunt, and others show the brutal conditions faced by creatures in captivity. So make sure you know what your kids can handle before diving into a documentary like Blackfish. To learn more about the environment and what we can do to protect it, check out our list of Green TV.

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Born to Be Wild

age 5+

Sweet, inspiring tale of two wildlife fairy godmothers.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2011)
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Gunda

age 5+

Beautiful, profound B&W farm docu is mild but slow paced.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2021)
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Island of Lemurs: Madagascar

age 5+

Nature docu explores fascinating world & history of lemurs.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2014)
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African Cats

age 6+

Nature docu emphasizes a mother's love and sacrifice.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2011)
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Arctic Tale

age 6+

Kid-friendly film serves up inconvenient truth.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2007)
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Bears

age 6+

Some tense moments in Disney's nature documentary.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2014)
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Born in China

age 6+

Nature docu has gorgeous vistas, moments of peril.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2017)
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Dolphin Reef

age 6+

Entertaining, educational nature docu has some peril.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2020)
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Earth

age 6+

Dazzling wildlife docu has a few intense moments.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2009)
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Elephant

age 6+

Nature docu has stunning visuals, positive messages, peril.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2020)
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The Elephant Queen

age 6+

Big-hearted, beautiful docu about matriarchal elephant herd.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2019)
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Growing Up Wild

age 6+

Intimate look at baby wildlife; some violence, peril.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2016)
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March of the Penguins

age 6+

Stunning, loving documentary; some intense peril.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2005)
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March of the Penguins 2: The Next Step

age 6+

Another beautiful, fascinating penguin docu; some peril.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2018)
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Microcosmos

age 6+

Breathtaking docu zooms in on insect life in vivid color.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1996)
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Monkey Kingdom

age 6+

Tina Fey-narrated monkey documentary is funny, educational.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2015)
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Pandas

age 6+

Educational doc about scientists training pandas to go wild.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2018)
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Penguins

age 6+

Funny narration makes Arctic docu particularly kid-friendly.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2019)
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Polar Bear

age 6+

Docu has majestic footage, positive lessons, natural perils.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2022)
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Superpower Dogs

age 6+

Science docu unleashes pup power potential; mild peril.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2019)
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