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Man, Cheetah, Wild

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Intimate wildlife special is beautiful, smart, intense.

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From observing how a mother cheetah protects her young, to running alongside the cats as they learn how to build speed and hunt impala, the documentary offers a rare chance to see how the elusive cheetah live and survive in the African bush. It also underscores the many reasons why less than 20 percent of them actually make it to adulthood. Meanwhile, Wolhuter, who works tirelessly to raise awareness about endangered animals, demonstrates how he is able to get close to a wide variety of animal species without crossing ethical lines when observing, filming, and assisting them.

The filmmakers' ability to capture the intimacy between the bushman and the cheetah makes it easy to be drawn into their story. The images of the bush and the wildlife they come across during this journey are pretty stunning, too. Less-enthusiastic animal lovers may find it a little slow-going at times, but the information Wolthuter shares about the cheetah, and the role they play in the natural order of the wild, makes it well worth the watch.

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