Profiles of Nature



Not flashy, but worth plucking out of the herd.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Encourages viewers to learn about and be aware of endangered species.

Violence & scariness

Predators kill and eat weaker animals, but footage usually isn't overly graphic.

Sexy stuff
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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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.

Families can talk 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?

TV details

Network:Animal Planet
Topics:Science and nature, Wild animals
TV rating:TV-G

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  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Adult Written byauntieappieapple December 23, 2009

Perfect for everyone

Wonderful program, it's great to enjoy what nature has to offer without all the annoying flash, nature certainly doesn't need human help to be entertaining or educational!
What other families should know
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