Alaska Animal Rescue

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Cinematic animal rescue show has some tough moments.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about conservation efforts, and animal rescue and rehabilitation. They can gain a better understanding of veterinary skills and learn more about various species of animals and how they survive in their natural habitat.

Positive Messages

Animals from the air, land, and sea are rescued and rehabilitated. It underscores the importance of preserving species of animals and protecting their natural habitats. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The teams are committed to the animals, and do everything they can to help them, even if it means putting them down. 

Violence & Scariness

Injured animals are visible, sometimes with bloody injuries. They often snap, claw, or bite, and sometimes die or are euthanized while being cared for if the injuries or illnesses are too extensive. Dead animals are sometimes shown. 

Sexy Stuff

Mating is discussed in general, mostly non-sexual terms. 

Language

On occasion words like "crap" are audible, and rare curses bleeped. 

Consumerism

Each of the rescue, rehabilitation, and conservation organizations are prominently featured. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Alaskan Animal Rescue is a reality documentary series featuring wild animal conservation organizations that rescue and rehabilitate wild animals from the region. While overall family-friendly, it does contain images of severely ill or wounded animals (with bloody injuries), some of which die or are euthanized (the dead animal is sometimes shown). Mating is discussed in very general terms, and there’s some occasional strong words and a bleeped curse or two. It contains clear environmental messages about protecting wild life’s natural habitats.

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What's the story?

ALASKA ANIMAL RESCUE is an unscripted docuseries that follows experts from three different animal rescues and education centers in Alaska helping and saving wild animals from the region. Teams from the Alaska Raptor Center in Sitka, the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward, and the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center inn Portage work hard to rescue and rehabilitate animals that have been abandoned or hurt in the wild. From helping different species of newborn orphans, to saving a bald eagle that skewered himself with a tree branch, viewers can see the efforts being made by different organizations to preserve and protect the state's most precious wild animals. Throughout the process, they also offer some information about the animals they are working with, and the reasons for the rescue and rehabilitation procedures they follow. 

Is it any good?

This engaging series shows the efforts being made across Alaska to help protect and preserve the wild animals that make the state great. It introduces viewers to species of animals that are specific to the area, as well as the unique challenges that come with their rescue, including having to navigate thousands of miles of coast line, and trying to reach animals in remote areas that aren’t on the Alaskan road system. 

There are some difficult moments, especially when beloved animals die or have to be put down. The cast Alaskan Animal Rescue acknowledges how hard this is. But the passion they have for animals, and the excitement they feel when they successfully return them back into the wild, is also very evident. This, along with the cinematic views of the spectacular Alaskan frontier as the show's backdrop, makes it worth the watch. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about some of the animals that are rescued on this show. What animals on Alaskan Animal Rescue do you find the most interesting? What are the most common reasons they need rescuing?

  • Do animal-themed documentaries serve a purpose beyond entertaining viewers? Are they produced to raise awareness about animals and nature? Environmental issues? Or are they designed to showcase different organizations and people dedicated to animals and wild life? 

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