Out of the Wild: Docs With Animals Out of Their Natural Habitat

Posted on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 by Dewey Decimal Diver

Photo of chimp from Project Nim film

Humans remove animals from their natural environment for many reasons. Sometimes it is to try an experiment, or for entertainment, or because they are endangered. Whatever the reasons, the way the animals react to this change is not always predictable. Check out these docs about animals out of their natural habitat.

Project Nim DVD coverProject Nim” (2012)

The story of Nim, the chimpanzee who became the focus of a landmark 1970s experiment to show that an ape could learn to communicate with language if raised and nurtured like a human child. Project Nim uncovers the unflinching and extraordinary journey of one animal thrust into human society.

Blackfish DVD coverBlackfish” (2013)

Killer whales are beloved, majestic, friendly giants, yet infamous for their capacity to kill viciously. This film unravels the complexities of this dichotomy, employing the story of the notorious performing whale Tilikum, who, unlike any orca in the wild, has taken the lives of several people while in captivity.

The Chances of the World Changing DVD coverThe Chances of the World Changing” (2006)

An extraordinary chronicle of two years in the life of Richard Ogust, whose life turns into strange territory as he shares his Manhattan loft with 1,200 turtles he is trying to save. His growing “ark” and preservation efforts are threatening to exhaust him, both mentally and financially. A story about time, death, art, love and turtles.