Crocs rule! And they're ferocious little beauties, as you'll see when Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin takes you on four wild adventures down under.
Charlie - Charlie, a large aggressive crocodile, has been kept in a concrete pen all of his life. He bears the psychological scars of a crocodile that has grown up in confined conditions. Steve, Terri and their team rescue and relocate Charlie to the Australia Zoo. In his new habitat, Charlie becomes a very unpredictable "naughty" crocodile.
How to Catch a Crocodile - Danger, Danger, Danger! Steve shows some of the different trapping, netting and lassoing techniques he uses to relocate crocodiles in the wild and at Australia Zoo. Aussie Legends - Australia is known for it's vast array of unusual animals. In this adventure we take a look at some of the different species of kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, wombats and possums that can be found nowhere else in the world.
Pacific Northwest - Steve and Terri travel throughout the U.S. Northwest, Terri's home state, a region filled with extraordinary wild animals. While exploring this amazing territory, they help with bison and elk operations and interact with otters, beavers, cougars, snakes and bears.
What's great about the rumpled, khaki-clad team of Steve and Terri Irwin, hosts of The Crocodile Hunter
, is their complete lack of pretense. Make no mistake: Steve is a goofball, prone to outbursts ("By crikey!") that plant him squarely, cartoonishly, in his native outback, but he clears through the TV muck quickly, plopping his big-eyed persona behind him readily to deliver his points on the ABCs of wildlife. Mostly, it's the Cs that the Irwins dwell on--this feature's "How to Catch a Crocodile" and "Charlie," for instance. "How To" is a huntsman's field guide: for the big fellas, you set a mesh trap and clear out; snagging under-6-footers means leaping out of a boat after dark and wrangling the man-eaters to the riverbank. "Charlie" dips into more of the same--a humongous beast is wrestled into submission, except its focus is fixed on the namesake croc, who's been confined to a concrete pit all his life. From there, the hunter harnesses his weapons for a confrontation-free glimpse at some tamer creatures. "Aussie Legends" examines all you'd expect: kangaroos, wallabies, and koalas--plus possums, the curious Rufus Betong, and a wombat with an attitude. Then, with the indigenous inhabitants of Steve's native stomping grounds surveyed, it's Terri's turn. In "Pacific Northwest," she leads an expedition through the Oregon Trail, where a bison takes a dart to the rump and an elk gets his antlers sawed off. As you'd guess, the croc episodes are what make this title worth owning. That's not to say all four titles aren't solidly educational and fun, only that the swampier shows dish up more of what couch-bound thrill seekers will want to sink their teeth into, so to speak. --Tammy La Gorce