Animal Exploration with Jarod Miller

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Fun show will get kids curious about critters.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 1 review

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Positive Messages

Miller introduces viewers to a variety of animals and discusses their unique traits, natural environments, and lifestyles. Respect for the animals and their instinctive behavior is central to the discussions.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Miller and guest experts occasionally talk about being injured by animals, but they always remind viewers that the aggression is instinctive behavior.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there's nothing to worry about in this fun, fast-paced educational series about animals, insects, reptiles, and other fascinating creatures. Host Jarod Miller handles all of the animals with great care and respect as he identifies their unique traits and abilities and discusses their natural environments. Just remind kids that Miller is a pro and that it's never a good idea for them to approach and/or handle unfamiliar animals without supervision.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byTangerin2004 July 7, 2018

Unusual behavior

Jarod talks way too fast and jumps around and seems like he is on a stimulant. I didn’t like the way he talked about male animal body parts “it could knock his... Continue reading
Adult Written byAndrew R. September 13, 2016
This show is like pretty much the same as other animal kids shows. It resembles Animal Atlas but with a host whom even if you are adult you will find it funny t... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old June 26, 2012



What's the story?

In ANIMAL EXPLORATION WITH JAROD MILLER, zoologist Jarod Miller goes face-to-face with critters both great and small to find out what makes each one special. He travels around the world to meet the animals, chat with other experts, and share his discoveries about creatures' special traits and lifestyle with his audience. Through his hands-on experience, viewers will gain new respect for the diversity of the animal world and learn about how humans affect its continued prosperity.

Is it any good?

Animal Exploration is steeped in kid-friendly educational material. Miller and the other experts often exchange interesting facts -- some of which are also displayed in pop-ups on the screen -- that are sure to stick with kids long after they turn off the TV. Each episode also has a central theme that groups critters of all shapes and sizes by some shared trait ("Camo, Ammo, and Other Amazing Skills," for example). Viewers will be surprised to find similarities among seemingly unrelated creatures like insects and large mammals, and they'll start looking at the animals they see in a different way because of it. (Who knew that a butterfly's speed could give a cheetah a run for its money?)

This fun series also works well for kids thanks to its fast pace and Miller's obvious excitement over the animals he meets; his giddy enthusiasm will encourage kids' own interest in the subject matter. Miller also isn't afraid to connect with his young audience via a bit of silliness; in one segment, for instance, he hung from a branch next to a two-toed sloth to see how long he could last in the animal's lifelong position.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the animals featured on the show. Which ones did you most like learning about? What did you learn about how they live, eat, and interact with others in their species? What special qualities do they have? Why is it important to learn about the world's diversity? What does it mean for a species to be "endangered"? How do humans affect animals' lifestyles?

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