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Into the Pride

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Man's perilous life with lions raises issue of conservation.

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This beautifully filmed, expertly narrated docuseries takes an unsensationalized view of the plight of wild animals up against shrinking homeland and diminished food supply. Salmoni's lions face the possibility of destruction simply because they're following their natural hunting instincts (they've raided cattle herds and intimidated humans). By making it clear that the big cats' actions would be less troublesome in a vast natural habitat, the show is a great way to jumpstart discussions about world issues in general.

That said, it's not the most age-appropriate choice for the youngest members of your own pride, since most of Salmoni's interactions with the African wildlife -- particularly the lions -- are pretty tense. He also often discusses his fear for his own life out in the wild, as well as the fatal repercussions for the lions if he fails. That, coupled with occasional language and a few glimpses of Salmoni's bare backside, place it in the "edgier" category when it comes to nature shows. But for tweens and teens, the series is a great reminder of both the majesty of nature and the need to protect it.

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