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Movies about animals and nature can help your children learn about the world around them. It can also instill a love for nature and the desire to protect the planet. With the cool of fall and winter, why not cuddle up inside with your kids and watch a few of the best animal and nature movies for kids? You can even have a movie marathon for those rainy days!
1. "Planet Earth"
This 11-episode documentary explores a variety of habitats from across the planet and gives an in-depth look at some of nature's most amazing sites.
2. "African Cats"
Learn more about African lions with this documentary that follows two separate lion families as they teach their young cubs the way of the wild.
3. "Homeward Bound"
This film follows three family pets as they travel through the wilderness to find their way back home again.
4. "Pandas: The Journey Home"
Viewers get a unique view into the panda bears' natural habitat in the mountains of China and learn about the concerted efforts taking place to try to save these gentle giants.
5. "Fly Away Home"
Loosely based on true events, this film follows the journey one family takes to help a gaggle of geese relearn their migration route in an effort to save them.
6. "Born Free"
This classic film follows the life of orphaned baby lion cub, Elsa, as humans raise her until adulthood before releasing her back into the wild.
7. "March of the Penguins"
Get a very exclusive look into the Antarctic habitat of the emperor penguin and learn about their survival, breeding and how their eggs hatch.
8. "Wings of Life"
This Disney Nature film takes a closer look at all your favorite winged friends, including butterflies, bees, birds and bats.
9. "Free Willy"
Put a troubled teen together with a mistreated orca whale, and what you have an amazing adventure of one family's determination to protect a whale.
10. "Turtle, the Incredible Journey"
This film's incredible journey follows a loggerhead turtle as its leaves the waters just off the Florida coast and floats upstream into the North Atlantic Ocean before heading back to its homeland in Africa.
11. "Life in the Undergrowth"
Unlike many other popular nature films, invertebrates are the stars of this film, as you get a magnified look at these amazing creatures in action.
12. Finding Nemo
A Disney favorite that will have your child fall in love with ocean life, Finding Nemo is a tale of a lost young clownfish and his father's journey through the Great Barrier Reef to find him. The movie shows an array of fun sea characters from surfer dude turtles to hungry seagulls.
13. "The Adventures of Milo and Otis"
Perhaps one of the most beloved animal films of all time, Milo the cat and Otis the dog take viewers through a whimsical journey of misadventures, friendship and fun.
Now, make some popcorn and get the family all together to watch one of these great films or to read one of the best books for kids about animals and nature.