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Wild Recon

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Close encounters of the animal kind are iffy for young kids.

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age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+

This Show Should Revisit Its Purpose - If One Can Say It Has A Purpose At All

I think this person needs to scale back his act. If he's so allergic to snake bites, why is he handling them without protection! One show had him in a cage in Vegas!!! Come on!!! What will you all do next to boost this loser-rated show's points? It's violent, uninformative and suggests that anyone can run around the globe molesting animals for the the 'sake' of 'science'. What are his credentials? Even if he is trained, he's NO Marlin Perkins. They respected the animals they encountered. This guy seems to get off on the level of danger involved and it's not fun to watch. It squarely places him in the role of aggressor when he digs up and unearths animals who are seeking to have nothing to do with him. Bad form, Animal Planet. Bad form!

Is It Any Good?

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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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