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By Will Wade, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

When animals safety, environment message.

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The animals are definitely the stars of Maneaters. Watching them run and swim and track prey is amazing. The survivors are less compelling to watch, and though their stories are terrifying, the re-creations are not that exciting, mainly because of the editing. There's plenty of footage of the animals in nature, but for good reason, it's impossible to film re-creations of the actual attacks. Instead, the show features clips of people acting scared then cuts to shots of threatening beasts -- it's clear that the sequences are cobbled together.

This flaw doesn't mute the message of the series: that we underestimate wildlife at our peril. The show is exciting to watch at times, but can also be seen as a how-to survival guide. It explains how people can come into contact with wild animals, and takes pains to point out that the ever-expanding human population is encroaching more and more into their natural habitat.

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