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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.
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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.
Talk to your kids 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?
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