Since its inception in 1997, the National Geographic Channel has produced countless shows to help share information about nature with the viewing public. Here is a list of the top nature shows from the National Geographic Channel.
The Dog Whisperer
When it comes to working with problem dogs, there is one name, Cesar Millan, the Dog Whisperer. Each show starts out with the home videos of dogs out of control and owners at a loss. Millan steps in and sits down with the owner to discuss a plan of action. Then through his ‘instinctual’ training, he re-establishes the alpha role in the household, with the owner at the top. Though Millan has been under criticism at times for ‘outdated’ techniques, the popularity of the show has continued with every episode that appears on the National Geographic Channel.
This popular National Geographic Channel show covers worldwide events relating to the environment and nature. This is the perfect show from the National Geographic lineup if you are looking for discussion on potential water cooler topics. Some of the more popular episodes have involved the “Science of” series, where they have covered a variety of topics like dogs or babies. If you want a nature show where you do not need to make a weekly commitment, Explorer is the perfect choice from the National Geographic lineup.
This National Geographic show features a no-kill shelter for abused and neglected dogs without a home, named Dogtown. The largest of its kind, Dogtown is based in Utah and is associated with the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. Viewers get the chance to see a staff, around the size of 60 people, tend to 1,300 plus animals with their various medical and rehabilitation needs. On a weekly basis viewers will find their heartstrings tugged on when they hear the hard luck stories our four-legged friends suffering.
Viewers get the chance to explore the various questions of nature through the use of modern science. On this popular National Geographic show, the topics have ranged from exploring the Grand Canyon to the exploring the depths of the oceans and the creatures that inhabit it. The viewing audience is treated to episodes full of information that may leave them craving more by the time it is done.
The National Geographic Channel’s goal is not to bring animals into the world of humans, but rather humans into their natural surroundings. Whether Wild is covering elephants or tarantulas, the show keeps a focus on the animal itself, with the help of leading wildlife experts and cinematographers. If there is a nature loving youth in your household, this show is sure to enhance their interest.
Be the Creature
If there was ever an animal you wanted to learn more about but did not have the time to research it, this National Geographic Channel show is the perfect medium. The crew will spend the entire episode on a specific animal, like a hyena or a manatee. This show helps give the viewing audience insight into all facets of the animal’s life, from their eating and sleeping habits to how the hierarchy works with others of their kind.
Hunter and Hunted
The good people at National Geographic Channel created this show to answer the old philosophical question: who is the hunter and who is the hunted? The crew travels the world to investigate various animals where reports of attacks on humans have been made. Some of the past episodes have focused on hippos in Africa to dingos running wild in the Outback of Australia. This show attempts to educate the viewing audience by examining not only the possible reasons for the attacks on humans, but what might be done to prevent them.
For this National Geographic Channel show, reptile expert Brady Barr travels to the ends of the Earth to track down and observe some of the most dangerous animals in the world. Barr provides a solid screen presence as he educates the viewing public about animals and what kind of impact they have on the world around us. One of the more compelling episodes occurred when Barr was filming an underwater snake cave and he was bitten by a large python.
The Animal Extractors
The premise of this National Geographic show deals with following various wildlife experts who bring ‘wild’ animals out of domesticated areas. From small rats to massive bears, the cameras remain rolling as the animals are eventually extracted back to a more comfortable environment, the wild. Though the show has increased in popularity, refrain from letting young children watch this show without understanding the entire situation, especially when there is a chance a graphic situation or image can occur.
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