The Red List

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Behind-the-scenes conservation docu reveals some violence.

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Positive Messages

Highlights the hard work and commitment of conservationists to protect animals on the Red List. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Conservationists commit their lives to protecting endangered species, often risking their lives to fight poachers. 


The death of animals at the hands of poachers is discussed openly, but the danger they pose to conservationists is more subtly addressed. Guns and rifles visible. Animals are shown maimed or with scars. 


Procreation is mentioned. 

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Cigarette smoking is occasionally visible. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Red List is a nature conservation series that showcases different people and organizations working hard to protect endangered species. It shows rescue and anti-poaching efforts, and contains discussions of some of the harm posed to endangered wildlife. Guns and rifles are visible, as are images of dogs being trained to track (and attack) and of wild animals who are hurt or scarred. 

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What's the story?

THE RED LIST is a documentary series that takes a behind-the-scenes look at the work of wildlife conservationists. It features animal rescue owners, K9 tracking dog trainers, and community anti-poaching forces that are committing themselves to protecting animals who are on the Red List, a list that conservationists use to tell the story of each endangered animal, the threats the animals face, and the efforts being made to help them. Any progress made toward protecting endangered animals is also noted. From rescuing rhinos who have been hurt or killed for their ivory tusks to helping elephants, leopards, and other species thrive in their natural habitats, these conservationists work hard and often put their lives at risk in hopes of ensuring the survival of every animal species.

Is it any good?

This interesting series highlights the different ways conservationists are going about protecting endangered species. Some of those featured run organizations that provide refuge for injured and traumatized animals in order to rehabilitate them so they can eventually go back out into the wild. It also looks at some of the anti-poaching tactics being used to protect at-risk animals, which include training dogs to track down and subdue active poachers and educating and involving local communities. There are some disturbing conversations and images of abused and destroyed animals, too. While the dangers that poachers pose to conservationists aren't discussed in great detail, the images of fatigue-wearing, armed enforcement officers make it clear. Nonetheless, The Red List offers an overwhelmingly positive look at the different efforts being made to protect wildlife, and the people responsible for them. 

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  • Families can talk about the work of wildlife conservationists. Since the work relies on a lot of volunteers, how do they get the resources and training to ensure the work is being done properly? 

  • What message does The Red List send to viewers about the dangers associated with wildlife conservation? How does it achieve this without showing too much violence?

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