A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this show is fun and educational for the whole family. Using both low- and high-tech equipment, Corwin demonstrates animals' various special abilities with the aim of educating viewers. Parents should explain to kids that Corwin is a professional, and warn them not to repeat what they see on the show with any wild animals they encounter.
What's the story?
CORWIN'S QUEST follows the adventures of nature preservationist Jeff Corwin as he visits countries around the world to educate viewers about animals and their special capabilities. In each episode -- which is based on a theme such as sight, smell, or hearing -- Corwin demonstrates how different species use their senses. To explain the abilities of animals invisible to the human eye, Corwin uses both low- and high tech-tools. In one episode, for example, he led a tarantula along a balloon attached to a microphone to illustrate how the footsteps of male tarantulas sound to females.
Is it any good?
Corwin's success at capturing an audience is not only thanks to his marvelous animal guests, but also to his enthusiasm for animals and dedication to nature preservation. His excitement encourages viewers to think about how precious the planet's diverse ecosystem is and how now, more than ever, its creatures need our help. By traveling to the remote corners of the earth that viewers may never see, Corwin's Quest educates them about the world outside their neighborhood.
A word of caution: While Corwin's Quest has a lot of positive messages for children and really inspires their curiosity about the natural world, Corwin still does some crazy things -- like wrestling alligators and poking sticks at potentially lethal spiders. Kids need to know that they should never copy what they see and never handle wild animals without parental supervision. But in a world of highly age-specific television, Corwin's Quest is a program that the whole family can watch and really enjoy together -- something that may be an endangered species itself.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the importance of nature preservation and how even small efforts at home can help the continued existence of animal species around the world. What can you do to pitch in? Corwin's travels to other countries may also encourage discussion about the planet's various ecological environments and how they're interconnected and dependent on each others' survival. What animals live in your family's environment?
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