If it's inconvenient to get to the jungles of Borneo to see wild orangutans for yourself, documentaries are a great way to introduce kids to the wonders of the natural world beyond your local woods. Here are some of my favorites.

Born to be Wild Documentary DVD cover

Born to be Wild

Recommended for ages 5 and up; rated G; released 2011

Originally shot in IMAX 3D, this documentary switches back and forth between orangutans in Borneo and elephants in Kenya.

The story centers on the efforts of scientists to protect, nurture and release into the wild young animals who have been orphaned by poachers.

There is no violence shown but it provides an opportunity for families to discuss the plight of these endangered animals.

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