Genre: Television/Documentary – Nature
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
Recommended To: Animal/nature lovers; families
Special Warnings: None
For Christmas Day, I thought I’d throw out something family-friendly that I happen to love a lot: Big Cat Diary. Perfect for kids of all ages, particularly those who love cats, the show follows around lion prides, cheetahs, and leopards on an African reserve, showing their fight to survive, raise their cubs, and thrive. Each season tends to focus on a new animal/animals, although there are frequent recurring stars – mainly, the cats that are more camera crew-friendly. One particular cheetah loves to use the jeeps as a perch for spotting prey, and also tends to want to “mark” her narrator on a daily basis, which is hilarious.
The show is realistic, though; animals die, and not only the prey. In one horrifying episode, cubs are assaulted by stomping, angry elephants. The fact that this show doesn’t shy away from the truth of the animals’ lives in Africa is what makes it stellar. The whole series is like a mini-soap opera of animals, really, but in a good way.