What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this educational series -- which follows naturalist Nick Baker as he travels the world looking for unusual animals -- delivers its information in a way that's both funny and easy to follow. Kids used to nature shows will probably be able to take everything in stride, but some younger or more sensitive viewers may be upset by images of animal specimens and living animals hunting their prey. There's also occasional alcohol consumption (in the context of Baker sampling local concoctions) and very mild sexual innuendo that will go over kids' head.
What's the story?
WEIRD CREATURES follows the adventures of naturalist Nick Baker, who travels the world looking for some of the planet's most peculiar-seeming animals. From Amazonian rainforests to the Australian Outback, Baker follows the trails of fantastic-looking creatures in hopes of seeing them in their natural habitat; scientists from New York’s American Museum of Natural History and regional local experts help him with his search. Along the way, Baker offers energetic, often amusing explanations about why these animals they look the way they do and how they continue to adapt to their environment.
Is it any good?
The educational series is a fun, quirky way for viewers to learn about animal species that most people know little about. It shows how animals have changed over the centuries to adapt to harsh environments and planetary changes and debunks some of the cultural myths that surround some of the more exotic specimens.
You don’t have to be an animal lover to enjoy the wide range of interesting creatures showcased here. But sensitive viewers who aren't used to frank nature shows may find the frequent images of animal specimens a little disturbing. Ultimately, though, Baker’s passion for nature comes through clearly, here, making Weird Creatures a worthwhile pick for tweens and up.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about how nature adapts to environmental changes. Have humans adapted the same way that animals have?
What exactly is a naturalist? What kind of education does a naturalist need to do his or her work? Do you think most naturalists get to do what Baker does?