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Masai Mara: The Big Hunt

By Monica Encarnacion, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Captivating nature film, stunning visuals but intense peril.

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This 50 minute documentary gives us a fascinating look into African wildlife and covers the great migration as never before. Masai Mara: The Big Hunt teaches viewers about a multitude of animals, presenting us with scenes that are beautiful, scary, and sometimes just downright cute. Kids will learn about wild animals -- hippos, zebras, cheetahs, lions, giraffes, buffalos, elephants, and crocodiles, just to name a few. There's plenty to learn about these animals' physical and social characteristics, and their behaviors as they migrate and survive among the wildlife of the Masai Mara. Aside from learning about the hunt and the hunted, kids may be surprised to learn that even the most vicious hunter can be an extremely caring mother -- a mother crocodile gently places her young inside her mouth in order to safely transport them into the water. A Lioness plays with her cubs after hunting down and devouring a meal and we are told that mother hyenas suckle their young for a year, longer than other hunters.

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