A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this nature program includes some footage of predators hunting and killing smaller/weaker animals. Overall, though, it's highly entertaining and full of insightful information about animals and the environments they live in. This is definitely one that families can enjoy watching together.
What's the story?
Filmed all over the world, PROFILES OF NATURE is packed with insightful information about animals and their habitats. The show's goal is to educate viewers about animals' unique abilities and lives; each episode revolves around one of three themes: habitat, species, and behavior. Past installments have explored topics such as the jungles of Costa Rica, large hunting cats, and animal defense mechanisms.
Is it any good?
The series' gorgeous footage brings the world of the wild right into your family room, and it succeeds in informing viewers about the plight of endangered species and their diminishing habitats. But while Profiles of Nature is entertaining and engrossing, nothing about it really sets it apart from many other nature programs -- especially the newer, flashier shows.
Which is a shame, because the series does offer quality entertainment that the whole family can enjoy. Young animal enthusiasts will certainly like it, though the youngest viewers might be upset by seeing predators hunt and kill weaker animals.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about habitats and how preserving them affects the food chain and the survival of animal species. How could changes in their habitats affect animals' lives? How does land development affect different species? What are some positive and negative outcomes of humans' presence in animals' habitats? How can people make a positive difference?
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