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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Wildlife and ecosystems are lovingly captured by resident ecologists, nature photographers, and biologists. From a phenomena like a red tide in California seen at night to a specific spider web in the Manyoni wildlife preserve in South Africa, a vast variety of "local" wildlife are on display.
The wildlife that surrounds us is constantly in flux, inspiring us when we stop to notice. Humans and wildlife habitts can live in harmony if we make the effort. Saving endangered species starts with one individual. Explore your envioronment to get in touch with the world around you.
Positive Role Models
The guides/hosts of each segment can be seen as role models for young viewers.
Biologists in Mexico and the Patagonia region are of Latin descent. Other hosts skew White or are of mixed ethnic heritage.
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Violence & Scariness
Hunting/animal conflicts shown. For example, Pumas in Patgonia eat prey, and male guanacos fight for territory, attempting to bite other male guanacos' testicles.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Reference to animals mating, but it's not shown.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that My Wild Backyard is a series of short (7-29 minute) episodes that explore the wildlife in the regions where featured ecologists, biologists, nature photographers, and filmmakers live. Each episode focuses on a certain part of the world where specific wildlife reside. Expect scenes of animals or birds hunting and fighting for territory and eating other animals, though nothing graphic is shown. There are references to mating, but nothing is shown on camera.
Is It Any Good?
The hosts' intimate relationships with the places that are explored in this documentary series make it special. In My Wild Backyard, a biologist pops a camouflage-patterned tent in a nature preserve to observe the local bison. Her accent is specific to her region, and her love of "her" land is so sincere that viewers are transported to her native Mexico. And the Southern Californian filmmakers who hop on their boat before dawn to catch a phosphorescent red tide speak in a SoCal drawl that feels confidential. Their relationship to the dolphins and sea lions is made to seem friendly and familiar.
Because of the show's do-it-yourself vibe, kids will get engaged with the featured wildlife and wild places without effort. And parents will enjoy getting the locals' tour of far-flung nature preserves. No offense, Rick Steves, but these locals do know their backyards best.
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