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Wild Kratts

Zoologist brothers get animated in fun, kid-friendly series.
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Educational value

Each episode centers on Chris and Martin's investigation of a different animal species, so kids learn about the animals' behavior, habitats, eating styles, and unique adaptations. The animated show also includes some snapshots of real-life versions of the animals in their natural habitats, so kids get a better sense of how the critters actually look and behave.

Positive messages

The show encourages respect for animals and touches on concepts such as endangerment, extinction, adaptation, and threats to natural habitats. Other themes include problem-solving, teamwork, and overcoming fears, and the show features a female character who's an engineer. All the content is presented in a kid-friendly way that encourages kids' curiosity about the subject matter and families' discussions about the natural world. 

Positive role models

Chris and Martin love studying animals to learn about their habits, and they'll do anything to protect them from danger.

Violence & scariness

In some segments, animals eat prey, but there's no blood or trauma involved. Each story centers on a man-made threat to the animal's existence, so very young kids might fret over the peril, but overall it's not too worrisome. 

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Wild Kratts introduces kids to a variety of wild animal species and teaches them about science concepts such as animal behavior, habitats, and adaptation. Real-life zoologists Chris and Martin Kratt voice their animated counterparts, and the show is brimming with the brothers' trademark humor and sense of adventure, so there's plenty to keep kids' interest while they learn. Because the show's focus is on wildlife and the content often refers to endangerment or threats to animal habitats, there's good opportunity to follow up with kids about current environmental issues and conservation.

What's the story?

WILD KRATTS chronicles the adventures of animal enthusiasts Chris (voiced by Chris Kratt) and Martin (Martin Kratt), who travel the world in a sea-turtle-shaped aircraft with their friends Aviva (Athena Karkanis), Koki (Heather Bambrick), and Jimmy Z (Jonathan Malen) to find and study a variety of elusive species such as the Draco lizard and the platypus. In each episode, the guys uncover a threat to the animals' survival and must use what they've learned about scientific concepts and the creatures' unique adaptations to help them save the day.

Is it any good?


This show is the first animated venture for real-life brothers/zoologists Chris and Martin, who have entertained and educated kids in previous series such as Zoboomafoo. Their humor and rapport translate well to their animated counterparts, making Wild Kratts an adventure-filled series that's a fun choice for kids.

Parents will find plenty to like as well, as the Kratts capitalize on the opportunity to expose their captive audience to the wonders of wildlife, teaching viewers about diverse species and exposing them to scientific concepts such as adaptation, hibernation, and extinction. Each episode also includes footage of the real-life Kratts interacting with the real-life animal subject in its natural habitat, so kids can better picture how what they've learned translates to the real natural world.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about wildlife. What did you learn about the animals featured in Wild Kratts? What's unique about their behavior, habitat, or means of navigation? How do these traits help them survive? What animal would you like to see in person?

  • How do humans threaten the existence of wildlife? What animals are in particular danger? What are the effects of a species' extinction on other animals in the vicinity? How does it affect the food chain and their survival?

  • What does "conservation" mean? Whose responsibility is it to protect animals' natural habitats? What small steps can we take to make a difference?

  • How does Wild Kratts promote curiosity? Why is that an important character strength?

TV details

Premiere date:January 3, 2011
Cast:Athena Karkanis, Chris Kratt, Martin Kratt
Network:PBS Kids
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Adventures, Book characters, Science and nature, Wild animals
Character strengths:Curiosity
TV rating:TV-Y
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Parent Written byjwild May 22, 2011

Fantastic show!

My sons LOVE THIS SHOW. They learn facts about animals and quote the facts all week long. It's the first thing they want to get up to watch in the morning. Both boys love the animation adventure as well as the live segments where the Kratt brothers teach the kids about the animals
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Parent of a 4 and 6 year old Written byRizo January 7, 2011

We love it

My kids can't have enough of this show and I love what they have learned about animals.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great role models
Kid, 9 years old January 3, 2011

awesome adventures + stupid desicions = funny show!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This show is a great adventure and a amusing show for everyone. The things they do are crazily stupid but worth it.Fun and cool facts make this show one of the bests.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Educational value