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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show touches on themes like conservation and cloning as Schulz talks about the plight of animals threatened by extinction and discusses how scientists can use DNA samples to reintroduce a species into a habitat after it’s been driven out.
Positive Role Models
Schulz and his crew are always respectful of the animals they encounter and treat them as humanely as poosible as they work with them.
Violence & Scariness
Schulz wrangles even the largest and deadliest animals with relative safety to himself, but his tactics might seem cruel to the untrained eye. He wrestles them to the ground and holds them down to extract blood and tissue samples, and, in the case of venomous reptiles, purposely agitates them to milk their poison. Often he or another crew member subdues an animal with a tranquilizer gun. But Schulz always explains his actions and offers reassurance that the animals are being treated humanely and that the information gained is invaluable.
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No cursing, but a few instances of "oh my God" used as an exclamation.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Schulz mentions drugs as they relate to the research he conducts. For example, scientists use the blood, venom, and DNA samples he gathers to help create new medications for cancer, hypertension, and arthritis.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that young kids will likely be confused and possibly frightened by star/host Donald Schulz's handling of the dangerous animals he studies in this wildlife show. The tactics he uses to subdue them and collect blood and venom samples can seem cruel (using tranquilizer guns, wrestling animals to the ground and pinning them down, and agitating poisonous reptiles to milk their venom). Although Schulz always explains his actions and offers reassurance that he's as humane as possible, kids may need a reminder about how regular people should behave around wild animals.
Is It Any Good?
This fast-paced, action-packed series is a cross between a nature show and a heart-pumping drama, and viewers will find their adrenaline flowing right along with Schulz's as he attempts to gain access to dangerous species like sea snakes, monitor lizards, and rhinos. Schulz's passion for wildlife is clear, and a lifetime of experience pays dividends in his obvious expertise with the critters he handles. Viewers are treated to a wealth of intriguing facts and close-up glimpses of each one he meets.
That said, some of the show's content may confuse kids, including themes like cloning and animals' role in medical research. Kids also may not understand why Schulz seems to break basic rules in how he handles animals, like pulling one by its tail or intentionally irritating a poisonous snake, for example. If your kids do tune in, be sure to follow up with a discussion about safe ways for them to relate to animals -- and a list of which animals they should never approach.
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