Dodo Heroes

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Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Touching, family-friendly animal rescues are fun to watch.

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Positive Messages

Animals should be protected and helped. So should their natural habitats. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Rescuers range from families and children to engineers and wildlife experts. 

Violence & Scariness

Animals shown being held captive in cages or on short chains. Injured animals are shown, but actual wounds usually aren't. 

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Mating is discussed within an informative context. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dodo Heroes is a TV series all about the love of animals. A collaboration between Animal Planet and The Dodo, an online animal video brand made popular via Facebook, it features people going the extra mile to help animals around the world in need. This family-friendly show underscores the idea that people have a responsibility to animals and to preserve nature. Sometimes the mistreatment and injuries of some animals is discussed, and animals are shown in chains, which might be troubling to younger or sensitive viewers.

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What's the story?

An offshoot of the popular Facebook animal videos posted by The Dodo, DODO HEROES features people who are committed to helping animals in need around the world. This reality series features folks going to great lengths to help a range of creatures, including Derrick Campana, who creates custom prosthetics for animals, 10-year-old Izzy Bee, who helps her family rescue koalas during the Australian cyclone season, and Pen Farthing, a British Royal Marine who reunites soldiers who served in Afghanistan with the street dogs they adopted while there. Throughout, the animals' healing journeys, their unique personalities, and the special bonds people have with them are explored.  

Is it any good?

This heartwarming reality series features men and women who commit extensive time, effort, and resources to come up with specific ways to help different animals. From creating a brace for an elephant in Botswana with a potentially fatal leg injury, to finding a mate for Ponso, a chimp who lives alone on an island off the Ivory Coast, it offers a chance to see the different ways people are helping animals that are facing potentially devastating circumstances. 

The touching nature of the show's narratives is in line with the popular Dodo videos found online. They underscore how fulfilling the rescuers find the work, even if they aren't always successful. Meanwhile, many of the animals appear to understand that they are being helped, and find ways to show their appreciation. Watching Dodo Heroes is a fun, sentimental journey worth taking. Just be advised that even if you aren't a fervent animal lover, you still might shed a tear or two along the way. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about animal rescue work. Do you have a favorite animal rescue? What are some ways that you can help the organization? 

  • What are some of the differences between Dodo Heroes and videos The Dodo streams on Facebook? Do you like getting your content on TV or online (or a little of both)?

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For kids who love animals

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