Wild Chronicles

TV review by
Ellen Dendy, Common Sense Media
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Engaging look at natural wonders and conservation.

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Positive Messages

Encourages viewers to learn and care about the environment and all types of animals.

Violence & Scariness

Occasional animal attacks; survival of the fittest.

Sexy Stuff

Animal mating behavior may be shown and discussed.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this nature series may very well inspire viewers of all ages to take an interest in the environment and endangered species on a global scale. The episodes are fast-paced, presented in a magazine-style format that promises to hold the attention of younger kids. Some episodes may include discussion and images of animal mating behavior, as well as predators attacking their prey.

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What's the story?

Wildlife journalist Boyd Matson hosts fast-paced nature series WILD CHRONICLES, which focuses on nature's diversity and conservation efforts across the globe. Each half-hour episode features four segments, ranging in setting from the dark jungles of Guyana to the sunny shores of the Florida Keys and covering topics such as outdoor survival, Sudan's \"Lost Boys,\" environmental conservation, endangered species, and the fascinating habits ofcreatures such as dung beetles and manatees. Every episode features a Crittercam segment in which a camera is attached safely to an animal, providing an intimate look at the life of a blue whale, Emperor penguin, domesticated cat, and more. This research tool is as entertaining as it is educational, allowing viewers to see and experience the world from the animal's perspective.

Is it any good?

This award-winning series is an excellent choice for kids to watch on their own and for families to enjoy together. As human population and activities continue to increase, so does their affect on Earth's ecosystems and wildlife; Wild Chronicles offers an inspiring look at efforts to restore and protect our fragile environment and endangered species, encouraging kids to take part in local, and even global, conservation efforts. Thanks to its engaging format, even young kids -- and those who typically don't like or watch nature shows -- may find themselves fascinated. That said, parents should know that some segments show animals mating or attacking their prey.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the environmental diversity of our planet. Why is the work of the conservationists and other scientists so important? How is human population growth affecting the environment? How and why are scientists and others attempting to save the environment, or a particular species? What's the purpose of a particular species' habits? For instance, why do Kenya's wildebeest migrate continuously from the time they're born until they die? How do pilot whales manage to find enough food in the overcrowded waters off Hawaii? Do other nature shows cover similar ground as this one? How are they similar/different?

TV details

  • Premiere date: September 30, 2005
  • Cast: Boyd Matson
  • Network: PBS
  • Genre: Educational
  • TV rating: NR
  • Available on: DVD
  • Last updated: September 20, 2019

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