Wild Transport

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Entertaining reality crew brings exotic animals to safety.

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Positive Messages

Messages include responsible pet ownership and conservation. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The staff loves animals, and are trained to work with them safely and responsibly. 

Violence

Some animals are extremely dangerous; the consequences of mishandling them are discussed. Contains scenes of animals snapping or preparing to attack. 

Sex
Language

"Screw," "damn": bleeped cursing. 

Consumerism

The logo for Wild Transport, a real company, is often visible. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that reality series Wild Transport will appeal to animal lovers thanks to its range of exotic creatures, as well as the positive themes about responsible animal ownership and conservation. There's lots of bleeped cursing ("s--t," "f--k"), and younger viewers may find some scenes with the more dangerous animals a little scary. The show revolves around an animal relocation company that takes animals from unsafe homes and transports them to nature preserves sometimes across the country; they're pros who deal with all kinds of animals that may put them in peril. Viewers of all ages should be reminded to never attempt what they see here.

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What's the story?

WILD TRANSPORT is a reality series about the day-to-day activities of a professional exotic animal transport company. Headed up by Rick DeRidder and Andrew Biddle, the Florida-based crew picks up animals that people do not have the authorization or the funding to keep, and relocates them to preserves across the country that are willing and able to take care of them. Helping them with the process is Rick, a.k.a. The Reptile Guy, and Ashley, who heads up the office and trains on the field. From Bengal tigers and deadly cobras to difficult zedonks and mischievous chimpanzees, the team works hard to safely get the animals to their new homes. The work can be challenging and dangerous, but for them, it's worthwhile. 

Is it any good?

The series offers a pretty entertaining look at how exotic animals of all kinds are safely relocated from one side of the country to the other. Kids will enjoy seeing the cool variety of animals, but may be upset by their problematic living conditions before they're transported. Common problems associated with owning some of these wild creatures are discussed, including the kind of care they need, expenses they incur, and the potential risks that come with handling them. The program is more entertaining than educational, thanks to the lighthearted and often-humorous banter between the likable staff. The way they work with the animals is fun to watch, too. Ultimately, it's a positive show that underscores the importance of responsible animal ownership and handling. 

 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about animal-themed reality shows. Are they actually helpful for promoting animal conservation? Or are the animals being exploited for entertainment purposes? 

  • What kind of training must people have to handle exotic animals like snakes, tigers, or even bison and camels? Why do people risk injury to themselves to protect them? 

TV details

For kids who love animals

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