America the Wild with Casey Anderson

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Informative wildlife series about elusive animals.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The series underscores the importance of appreciating and preserving nature, specifically America's wildlife, and debunks some of the myths that exist about some elusive species.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Anderson is respectful of the animals and their environment. He is a great example of someone who has followed his interests and passions and made them into his career. He knows when it is not appropriate to interact with certain animals.

Violence

Animal aggressiveness and hunting habits are discussed. Dead animals and carcasses are visible. Anderson occasionally endures small bites and scratches when interacting with some animals.

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Consumerism

Occasionally the North Face logo is visible on some outdoor gear, but it is not prominently featured.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this wildlife documentary series, which features a naturalist traveling North America to observe and document elusive or endangered animals, is pretty mild. But images of dead animals or carcasses may be disturbing to more sensitive viewers. The focus on educational details and the slower pace of this show may also reduce the excitement for some kids. Viewers should also be reminded that the people featured here are experts, and that for safety reasons wild animals should never be approached or disturbed.

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What's the story?

AMERICA THE WILD WITH CASEY ANDERSON is an educational documentary series featuring naturalist Casey Anderson trekking across North America to get close to elusive or endangered species of animals. From observing wolverines in the Arctic back country to watching mountain lions in Montana, Anderson learns about the habits of wildlife that most people have never seen. In addition to getting close to some of these species in captivity with the help of conservationists and other wildlife experts, he uses hidden or remote cameras to document the animals' activities in the wild. Throughout each leg of his journey he learns about the different ways that animals adapt and survive in the various harsh ecosystem across America.

Is it any good?

The series offers an interesting look at various kinds of wildlife that most people know little about. It offers insights into the biomechanics of the animals and their behavior. It also highlights reasons why some species of animals are misunderstood.

While Anderson's careful and responsible approach to documenting animal behavior is interesting, the show also offers some remarkable video footage of a wide variety of animals and their habitats, some of which is completely unexpected thanks to the amount of time the naturalist spends out on the field. The result is a viewing experience that is both educational and beautiful.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about people who work with wild animals. What exactly is a naturalist? Is this occupation different from a scientist or a conservationist? What kind of training do you have to have in order to hold one of these positions?

  • Documentaries such as this one contain very strong and positive messages about respecting nature, animals, and the environment. What other ways can the media be used to promote important messages about the world we live in?

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