Rogue Nature

Common Sense Media says

Dangerous encounters too intense for young kids.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The series educates viewers about animal behavior in the wild, emphasizing the risks of human-wildlife interaction.

Violence

Graphic photos show effects of animal attacks on humans. (In one, a woman's scalp was torn from her skull and her ear was pulled off.) Re-enactments of the attacks include screams and close-up shots of menacing animals, and some show guns being fired (though not at the animals themselves). Animals also kill and devour prey.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this edgy nature series includes graphic photos of injuries from human encounters with wildlife (for example, a woman's scalp ripped from her skull). The host researches animals' typical behavior and seeks out close encounters with potentially dangerous creatures like grizzly bears, crocodiles, and elephants. Survivors of vicious attacks share their tales, and re-enactments capture the terror of the experiences. Because of its violent nature, use caution when sharing this with sensitive tweens and teens.

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What's the story?

In ROGUE NATURE, zoologist Dave Salmoni aims to discover whether it's possible to encounter a \"rogue\" member of a species -- one that might track and kill a non-threatening human. Salmoni relies on the advice of experts and attack survivors to tell him what to expect and what to be wary of. Armed with only his newly acquired information, Salmoni sets out into the wild to observe his subjects' behavior and determine whether violence is a chance occurrence -- or an inevitable fate.

Is it any good?

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Each episode has a suspenseful build-up. But since Salmoni's actual time in the wild is so brief, the urgency is quickly deflated. What's more, his final observations often border on "duh" moments: In one episode, for example, he determines that while a species might tend toward peaceful coexistence with humans (from a distance, that is), it's always possible to encounter one who will inexplicably cross the line and attack. (Gee, really?)

That said, Rogue Nature has an intense, addictive quality that thrill-seeking viewers may enjoy. Just keep in mind that young kids and sensitive tweens may be upset by the close-ups of menacing teeth and claws, as well as the survivors' stories, the re-enactments, and the graphic photos of injuries.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the media's treatment of environmental and wildlife issues. Does the media raise awareness of these topics? Should it? How important do you think these issues are with the media? What other concerns outweigh them? Families can also discuss the relationship between humans and animals. How has the growth of human population affected wildlife? What steps have been taken to protect animals and their habitats? Do you think that's enough?

TV details

Cast:Dave Salmoni
Networks:Animal Planet, Discovery Channel
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-14

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Adult Written byaknitamarie April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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Enjoyed the Show

Tonight I watched the show for the first time, with all three of my children. I live in Southcentral Alaska and bears are a reality for all that live here. I educate my children and this show helped to send that message home to them that while these animals are beautiful beyond compare they can and will be dangerous. I would have liked to have seen though with one exception that it would have been added into your show that Timothy Treadwell was killed in October a time that he was normally out of Katmai. That decision proved to be a fatal one for him, this would have shown that he made an error in judgement, which that is what happens when one is attacked by a bear. This was not to take away from some of the tremendous work that he did. I must say keep up the great work at educating those who come to visit and live in this great state!!
Teen, 14 years old Written bydustygun April 9, 2008
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Very Cool

This guy brings you up close to some dangerous animals. Good filming and scrpting. It is a little shocking, but it's reality.
Parent of a 17 year old Written bythe outdoorsman September 20, 2009
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Great for teenagers!!

i think that this show should be on animal planet everyday. All of those dog grooming shows and animal police shows are a waste of time. Rogue Nature #1!!
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