Jack Hanna's Animal Adventures

TV review by
Deirdre Sheppard, Common Sense Media
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Travel the world with a famous animal expert.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Encourages an active interest in nature and wildlife.

Violence & Scariness

Predators hunt and feed on smaller animals -- occasionally rather gruesomely.

Sexy Stuff

Sometimes Hanna will mention animals' sexual activity.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this live-action nature series captures exciting, heartwarming, and sometimes-gruesome moments in the lives of animals thriving in both natural and domesticated habitats. Some scenes in which predators do their thing may turn sensitive stomachs, but overall this is a pretty kid-friendly choice compared to other shows in the genre.

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What's the story?

JACK HANNA'S ANIMAL ADVENTURES follows renowned animal expert Jack Hanna as he travels the world studying and interacting with various exotic animals. Whether he's swimming with a school of fish in the Caribbean or cruising the jungles of Africa in safari, viewers of all ages are guaranteed to be engaged by the information Hanna shares in each episode.

Is it any good?

Animal Adventures is somewhat lighter and breezier than other wildlife shows. Kids will find it sweet when Jack kisses a dolphin and may lobby for scuba lessons when they see him jump into a pool filled with colorful tropical fish.

One word of caution: Although the show has plenty of endearing moments, some episodes include a few graphic encounters as well. For example, young viewers might find it scary when a group of sharks goes into a feeding frenzy and a local diver gets bitten on the ankle in the fray. But overall Jack Hanna's Animal Adventures is a great pick for kids looking to learn more about the world and the creatures who make it interesting.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about animals and their habitats. What parts of the world does Jack explore? How are the places he visits similar to where you live? How are they different? Would the animals featured in the show make good pets? Why or why not? Which animals live in the wild? Which ones live in an aquarium or at the zoo?

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