A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Loads of information about wild cats, their specific biological features ("very fast twitch muscles," "fatty tail" etc...), and observations about their habitat. Some extremely rare footage of cats in their habitat lends an exciting edge to the documentary-style format.
Patience and perseverance pay off when observing nature. Respect nature. Females in nature can be dominant. There are mysteries to be discovered in the world. Technology can help us observe wildlife so we can better preserve it.
Positive Role Models
Cats are predators, but they can be loving and caring with one another. Females take the lead in hunting, staking out territory, and caring for the clan.
Violence & Scariness
Though it's not glorified in this series, seeing big cats hunt, pounce, catch, and eat their prey can be jarring to younger or sensitive viewers.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Secret Lives of Big Cats is a fascinating, suspenseful series that captures rare footage of wild cats in their habitats. The narrative addresses humankind's impact on the wildlife population in a way that is sadly realistic ("the population is shrinking fast..."; now we can see them "before they disappear forever"). Large cats stalk, pounce, drag, and eat their prey. This is shown as a course of nature, not glorified, but scenes of decapitated goats, or "remains of a kill," can be a little grisly for very young or sensitive viewers.
Is It Any Good?
Engrossing, exciting footage of wild cats pushes the limits of wildlife documentation in this series. The Secret Lives of Big Cats is suspenseful, exciting viewing because the filmmaker has gone to careful extremes to capture rare footage. Some scenes use infrared and thermal cameras, lending the footage an eerie, almost spooky quality. There are also scenes of savannahs, remote mountain ranges and flocks of elephants and wild game that are expansive and breathtaking.
At times as engaging as an action movie, kids and adults will be glued to the screen as seldom-seen snow leopards chase prey along precipitous cliffs in the remotest mountains of Nepal. Tigers silently stalking prey in the dead of night take on mythical hues. Overall, a high-quality, appealing viewing choice for wildlife lovers.
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