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Offers insight into animal behavior and celebrates the orangutans' loyalty to each other and the efforts they make to survive in their new home. It also demonstrates how different personalities can co-exist and thrive and puts a relatable face on the victims of wilderness extinction.
Violence & Scariness
Minor scuffles erupt among the orangutans for dominance within the society, but there are no lasting injuries. Some tense moments when the animals face threats from predators or intruders. For instance, an older, more aggressive intruder bullies the youngsters for their food supply.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Occasional mention of the animals' sexual maturity and desire to attract the opposite sex.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that it's easy to develop an attachment to the hairy stars of this reality show, so sensitive viewers of all ages may find themselves very affected by the orangutans' emotional ups and downs. And you may find yourself starting the "birds and bees" conversation with young kids after references to sexual maturity and attracting a mate. But otherwise, this engaging series -- which captures some fascinating animal behavior and draws attention to endangered species -- is great family viewing.
Is It Any Good?
The show chronicles the daily ups and downs of the orangutans' transition. Narration puts words to their behavior, pointing out signs of happiness, melancholy, tension, and jealousy. As viewers become more acquainted with the main "cast" -- including Cha Cha, who has a hard time adjusting to her new surroundings; Daisy, an outgoing 6-year-old; and Saturnus, a rebellious male who likes to be the center of attention -- they'll enjoy watching relationships develop amid the forming social hierarchy.
Orangutan Island is worthwhile entertainment for families, as it exposes viewers to animal behavior and, with some prompting, can instigate thoughtful discussions about conservation, the plight of endangered species, and even global warming. But be forewarned that it's easy to get caught up in the emotional roller coaster of these beautiful animals' struggles, so you may want to check it out before sharing it with particularly sensitive youngsters.
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