Frontier Earth Presented by Walmart

Common Sense Media says

Unusual animals are educational, but some are harmed or die.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

The series advocates the respect, protection, and conservation of animals around the world. It also underscores the connection between the reduction and/or disappearance of animals from the ecosystem and human's destruction of the environment.

Positive role models

Salmoni, along with featured experts, are committed to studying animals and raising awareness about the various situations that cause them to become distressed and/or endangered.


Scientists often take risks by getting close to dangerous animals to study them. Some bloody images of animals being attacked, dying, and/or being tortured by traders.


Occasionally animal experts briefly discuss animal genitalia and mating behaviors.

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Walmart is a major sponsor of the show, inserting its name into the title of the show.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Frontier Earth is an informative series about animals that are hard to find or study, but it contains frequent images of animals attacking their prey, lying dead, or being mistreated by humans that might disturb younger viewers. The series also highlights the importance of respecting animals and their habitats, as well as strong messages about the importance of protecting them.

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What's the story?

FRONTIER EARTH is a documentary series that reveals the distinctive habitats and survival methods of some of the planet's most elusive animals. Zoologist and conservationist Dave Salmoni joins experts around the world as they track and study animals like slow lorises in Indonesia and killer ants in Arizona. Experts offer explanations about animals' hunting and socializing behaviors, as well as questions about each species that remain a mystery. They also show how they go about studying these animals, and highlight the various things that are impeding the animals' ability to survive and/or procreate in the wild, which is putting the species' existence in jeopardy.

Is it any good?


Frontier Earth offers some interesting details about species of animals -- from insects to poisonous primates -- that most humans will never get to see in the wild. But the show is as much about the animals as it is the people who are dedicating themselves to studying and protecting them.

Animal lovers will be fascinated by the unique animals featured here, but they may find themselves struggling through the scenes showing animals dying or being mistreated. They may also find themselves inspired to learn more about these (and other) animals, as well as the different things we need to do if we want to ensure that they will continue to survive.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about animal conservation. Why is it important to protect all animals, even if they can cause harm to humans? Do you think shows like this one help in this effort? What other ways can the media be used to help animals around the world?  


  • Did you learn anything from watching this show? What surprised you?

TV details

Cast:Dave Salmoni
Network:Animal Planet
Genre:Reality TV
Topics:Science and nature, Wild animals
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:Streaming

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