Nature Documentaries for Kids Who Love Animals

Documentaries make for great brain fodder when it comes to kiddos – and also a visual treat if you’re talking nature docs. A few nature-inspired documentaries truly stand out for their beauty and ability to inspire. They instill the desire to learn and explore – and often drive home a strong, powerful message.

So if you’re looking for some cinematic splendor that will have your visual learners discovering all about some of nature’s most awesome wonders, check out these three documentaries that will make the kids go wild!

The Life of Mammals


The Life of Mammals documentary series has the unique ability to change the way you see the world. It brings about a different perspective about life on earth and existence. The BBC series follows David Attenborough as he takes you on a tour around the world to learn all about the life of mammals.

How have mammals survived for so long? What makes them thrive even in places that seem unfit for survival? David answers all of your questions and more as he explores mammals from the depths of the caves all the way up to the highest mountaintops.

David puts himself and the crew in risky situations to capture amazing footage for the viewers at home – such as skunks foraging a bat cave, wild cats filmed in a way that had never been done before (nocturnally hunting), getting up close and personal with wild grizzly bears, and discovering the odd creatures that lurk about rain forests to name a few. Attenborough visits tribes and cultures around the globe with different ways of life and belief systems.

Gain an educational view of how others live and compare them to your way of life… Are there similarities? You will learn things about mammals and people that you have never known before and will gain a respect for life.

Born to Be Wild


Born to Be Wild is a fascinating documentary short, released in 2011 about orphaned orangutans and elephants. The film follows Biruté Mary Galdikas in Borneo as she takes in orphaned young orangutans that have been left motherless due to rain forest destruction and Daphne Sheldrick in Kenya who takes in elephants who have lost their mothers to poachers.

They both dedicate their time to these animals and show the world what beautiful creatures they are, their struggles, and their emotions. Though in two very different parts of the world, the two conservationists share the same goal: Return the animals back to the wild where they belong. The film is visually astounding with an up close and personal look at the lives of the animals, their steps to recovery, and a view into what’s in store for their future.

The story captures the loving relationship between humans and animals. These extraordinary women make this documentary memorable and educational with their love and dedication as they save endangered species – one life at a time. Take a walk on the wild side and join these heroic women and their team as they rescue, rehabilitate, and return these amazing animals back into the wild.

Planet Earth


Planet Earth is a BBC documentary series narrated by the master of nature himself, David Attenborough. Five years in the making, this documentary series was the most expensive nature-inspired documentary series ever filmed by BBC, as well as the first one in high definition, making it absolutely visually stunning.

With its premiere in 2006, this series captured the hearts of millions. Each one of the eleven episodes explores a different habitat on Earth. The last ten minutes of each one features a behind the scenes look at the challenges and obstacles that arose while filming, and the series opens with this memorable quote from Attenborough:

“A hundred years ago, there were one and a half billion people on Earth. Now, over six billion crowd our fragile planet. But even so, there are still places barely touched by humanity. This series will take you to the last wildernesses and show you the planet and its wildlife as you have never seen them before.”

The series is breathtaking from beginning to end – each episode included. Both entertaining and educational, the series will be sure to evoke curiosity and to inspire. Travel around the world from Antarctica to Canada to New Guinea (and more!) to learn about animals native to the land and the challenges they face due to climate and habitat destruction.

Did you know that tropical jungles cover only 3% of the planet, yet houses 50% of the planet’s species? Learn fun facts and more as you journey around the world with David Attenborough.

With episodes covering mountains, caves, ice worlds, and more… There is never a dull moment.

Catch these nature inspired documentaries and learn fascinating facts about the world we share. With astonishing visuals and breathtaking views, these documentaries are educational and inspiring. For visual learners, this is a great way to get kids interested in nature, animals, and other cultures around the world. Spark curiosity and check out these documentaries that will change the way you view the world!

What are some of your favorite nature documentaries?

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