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The Wildlife Docs

The Wildlife Docs

Spring 2016 Television
Ages: 13 - 16 yrs.
Rating: TV G

How can baby cheetahs thrive in captivity? Why are sea lion pups dying at a much higher rate in certain coastal areas? The Wildlife Docs television series follows the activities of doctors and animal experts who care for the thousands of animals at Busch Gardens in Tampa, FL and other wildlife parks. In addition to the care of the animals within the parks, the veterinary staff is frequently involved in wildlife conservation activities in natural habitats. Like other programs with a wildlife theme, these episodes give lots of information about creatures and their habitat. The difference here is the focus on the human professionals and their involvement with and commitment to animal well-being. There are plenty of endearing shots of animals to help the educational content go down smoothly. However, since the doctors are not professional performers, the delivery is not always smooth and compelling. Some may find the link to commercial wildlife parks a bit off-putting, others may find their opinion of these operations much improved by learning about the expertise and activities of the professionals who make their living there.

Ann Hillers   ©2016 Parents' Choice
Ann Hillers, a creative writing graduate of Duke University, is a mother of three boys and a former international tour director. Her work led her all around the globe and she's imparted her kids with the same wanderlust. They have traveled together to 20 countries including South Africa, Botswana, Nicaragua, Colombia, Laos, Cambodia, and Indonesia, where they all became certified scuba divers. After living in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico for six years the family now resides in California.

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