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Parents need to know that Xploration Animal Science takes a unique approach to teaching viewers about animals by focusing on how and why different species behave the way they do. Each half-hour episode spotlights anywhere from a handful to a dozen animals, so the pace is fairly brisk, which bodes well for kids' interest but can leave older viewers wanting a little more. Even so, you'll learn a lot of curious facts about how animals adapt to their environments, use unique characteristics to escape danger, and secure food for their survival. The show also exposes viewers to different regions as it goes on location in other parts of the world. If you're watching with little ones, they may need some reassurance during scenes of predators hunting or eating smaller animals.
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XPLORATION ANIMAL SCIENCE is an educational series that profiles animal behavior and takes a scientific approach to explaining how and why animals act the way they do. Some episodes focus on North American mammals, dogs, primates, and Arctic animals, in each case exploring the unique adaptations and instincts that account for how they live. Nature's most impressive inhabitants are on display here, and scientists help viewers make sense of the reasons behind their often-curious behavior.
Is it any good?
Narrated by Brent Askari, this is the kind of show that will appeal to just about everyone at some point or another. Even if animal behavior isn't your thing or the episode's theme doesn't grab you at first, it's hard to not be intrigued by the vignettes that make each species seem more fascinating than the next. Wasps that can fashion paper nests out of masticated wood? Scorpions that eat only once a year? Beavers whose constructions can be seen from space? These impressive delegates represent the vast diversity of the natural world and make for some pretty captivating TV.
Xploration Animal Science is one of those rare shows whose entertainment value knows no age limits, and that's a good thing for families who struggle with the sibling and generational preference gaps. Because the show moves quickly through each segment, it's nicely suited to youngsters' attention spans, but its wealth of information -- and its clever use of graphics -- makes sure no one misses out on what it has to offer.
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Families can talk about animals and their behavior. What did you learn from Xploration Animal Science? What animals are native to where you live? Have you observed any curious behavior from them? What are the reasons behind it?
How do scientists study animals in remote locations? What environments pose the biggest challenges to their efforts? Is it necessary for us to understand how and why every species behaves?
What does "conservation" mean? Why is it important for humans to conserve specialized animal habitats? What efforts can you take in and around your home to reduce your footprint?
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