Parents' Guide to

Expedition Wild

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Fun series inspires curiosity about animals in the wild.

TV ABC , CW Educational 2010
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For those who can't traipse across the world to track elusive species themselves, Expedition Wild is the next best thing to learn about a variety of animals. Not only do they get to observe all different kinds of creatures in their natural habitats, they're treated to a likable tour guide in Anderson, who's even better in front of the camera than he is interacting with the species he studies. There's never a dull moment as he shares what he knows about how the animals have adapted to their specific environments, and his enthusiasm often yields further interest in the subject from viewers of all ages.

Of course, you can't paint an accurate picture of life in the wild without showing, well, the wild side of it, and that's as true of Expedition Wild as it is of every show like it. It's not all scenic and serene, after all; sometimes it's a fight to survive, and viewers get to see this in action. Even when Anderson gets up close and personal with domesticated ambassadors of the wildlife he studies, there's an element of potential danger to those encounters. Just be sure your younger kids understand that what they see playing out in the show is no indicator of how they should approach a wild or unfamiliar animal themselves.

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