Bindi: The Jungle Girl

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Croc Hunter's spunky daughter carries on his work.
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Parents say

age 3+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 12 reviews

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Educational Value

Teaches kids (and their parents) about animals from around the world.

Positive Messages

Underscores the importance of conserving animals' natural habitats to protect their existence. Additional themes include curiosity and empathy.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Bindi is plucky, enthusiastic, and fearless when it comes to animals. Her passion is infectious, and kids are bound to find her a positive role model.

Violence & Scariness

Some scenes in zoos and rescue facilities show animals being tranquilized for transport or surgery. Bindi mentions hunting practices that contribute to animals' endangerment, like the "finning" of sharks (killing them only to use their tails and fins in soup).

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Bindi: The Jungle Girl -- which focuses on Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin's daughter Bindi -- is a great choice for the whole family. The spunky young hostess is just as passionate about wildlife as her famous dad, and catchy song-and-dance numbers add to the learning in a fun, kid-friendly way. Viewers of all ages will come away with a new appreciation for nature's diversity and be reminded of the importance of preserving animals' natural habitats.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 3 and 8 year old Written bykaloren July 17, 2009

Great educational show that's fun for the whole family.

My kids were getting bored with watching their umpteenth episode repeats of "Zoboomafoo." So I checked out some other shows and found this was the be... Continue reading
Adult Written byk2lytle April 9, 2008

We want more!

As teacher I was thrilled to see a show my grandchildren really connected with. Especially my 5 year old granddaughter. And... I was really sad when the world l... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old June 21, 2010

perfect for ages 0-6

it is a horrible tv show. too babyish
Teen, 13 years old Written byGeodeGem March 21, 2010

Criky I love this show!

I LOVE this show, I wish it was all the time, why does Austrailia get the show? We only get it on Discovery Kids, I don't have discovery kids, I think its... Continue reading

What's the story?

Following in her wildlife-warrior dad's footsteps, dynamic tween Bindi Irwin welcomes viewers to her soaring, two-story treehouse to meet and learn about some of her favorite animals in BINDI: THE JUNGLE GIRL. From her lofty digs overlooking the jungle, Bindi gets cozy with her diverse roommates, including a rare iguana, a koala bear, a puppy, and a corn snake who shares her bed. Never mind how slithery or slimy they are -- to her, leeches are plenty lovable, and pythons have beauty to spare. In addition to getting hands on with the animals around her, Bindi shares video of herself, her parents, and Australia Zoo director Wes Mannion interacting with wildlife from around the globe. Elephants, lions, bison, kangaroos, and -- of course -- crocodiles are just a few of the subjects they show in action, both in the wild and in captivity. The young hostess answers questions from kids in a segment called "Bindi's Blog" (a version of which also appears online), and mom Terri pops in here and there with "crikey!" amazing facts about animals. To top it all off, there's singing and dancing from Bindi's four-man crew, The Crocmen, who harmonize to kid-pleasing tunes like "When the Hippo Moves Her Hips."

Is it any good?

Eight-year-old Bindi proves she's more than ready to carry on the family tradition of mixing wildlife education with fan-pleasing entertainment. This engaging, fast-paced series is the first starring the daughter of the late Steve Irwin and his animal-activist wife, Terri. Her passion for critters of all shapes and sizes -- from tiny geckos to brawny gorillas -- practically oozes from her pores, and viewers are easily swept up in the excitement.

The need for conservation underscores every aspect of Bindi: The Jungle Girl, and it's all delivered in a kid-friendly way by an adorably spunky star that young viewers can relate to. Families will find lots to love here. Just take this caveat to heart: After watching Bindi snuggle with her housemates, be ready with ample arguments against your kids having their own open-air homes and critter friends.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Bindi is following in her dad's footsteps with Bindi: The Jungle Girl. Does it seem natural that she'd have her own show, or contrived? How is she similar to and different from her famous father?

  • How does a species become endangered? What can we do to help them? How might the world be affected by the extinction of various kinds of plants and animals?

  • How does Bindi promote curiosity and empathy in Bindi: The Jungle Girl? Why are these important character strengths?

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