The animal kingdom is a wild and mysterious place. It fascinates many people due to its strange nature, and that includes both dedicated animal lovers and casual curious minds alike because of its intense unpredictability. From the plains of Africa down to the pits of the deepest oceans, there is much to learn about Earth’s animals. This article will explore a number of the best animal documentaries on Netflix, ones that will entice you to sit down for hours on end and learn a little bit more about the unique wildlife that can be found on planet Earth, both on land and under the sea.
1. Blackfish (2013)
|Release Date on Netflix||December 12, 2013|
|Runtime||1 hour 23 minutes|
|IMDb Rating||8.1 out of 10|
|Rotten Tomatoes Score||98%|
|Streaming on||Netflix United States, Netflix Canada, Netflix United Kingdom, Netflix Germany, Netflix Netherlands, Netflix Sweden, Netflix Denmark, Netflix Finland, Netflix Brazil, Netflix Norway, Netflix Australia and Netflix New Zealand|
Blackfish is an award-winning documentary that tells the story of killer whales that are kept in captivity for purposes of entertainment, namely the killer whale named Tillikum. A controversial topic, Blackfish also documents the dangerous consequences that keeping whales in captivity can have both for human beings and for whales alike
– While Tillikum was in captivity at Seaworld, he was housed inside of a tank that only had 0.0001 percent or one one millionth of the amount of water that he would travel through and have general access to in only one day in the ocean.
– Once Blackfish was released, it was shown in August 2015 that Seaworld had undergone an 84 percent decrease in their profits when held up against the period before Blackfish was released.
2. Grizzly Man (2005)
|Release Date on Netflix||April 15, 2015|
|Runtime||1 hour 43 minutes|
|IMDb Rating||7.8 out of 10|
|Rotten Tomatoes Score||92%|
|Streaming on||Netflix United States and Netflix Netherlands|
This documentary is a heartbreakingly devastating showcasing of Amie Hugeunard and Timothy Treadwell, grizzly bear activists that were killed in October of the year 2003 while actively living in Alaska among grizzly bears.
– While being interviewed by the BBC about the film, director Werner Herzog was shot with an air rifle. They continued the interview indoors, and when Herzog was asked to check his wound, he said that he was not afraid.
– The bear attack that killed Huguenard and Treadwell happened near Upper Kaflia Lake in the Katmai National Park in Alaska.
3. Planet Earth (2007)
|Release Date on Netflix||April 22, 2015|
|Runtime||8 hours 53 minutes|
|IMDb Rating||9.5 out of 10|
|Rotten Tomatoes Score||100%|
|Streaming on||Netflix United States|
Ranked as number 3 in IMDb’s list of the Top Rated TV Shows and a great choice for our list of the best animal documentaries on Netflix, Planet Earth is a multi-part documentary series that explores the natural wonders of the planet we live on, alongside the unique behavior of animals. This documentary touches on different locations from all across the world.
– Planet Earth took 40 separate teams of camera people that shot at more than 200 locations across the globe and ended up taking more than five years to complete.
– For the aerial shots, a special camera was used that boasted a 400-millimeter lens which could zoom into their shots of animals from a kilometer away without disturbing them.
4. Hidden Kingdoms (2014)
|Release Date on Netflix||September 1, 2014|
|Director||Simon Bell and Gavin Maxwell|
|Runtime||2 hours 57 minutes|
|IMDb Rating||8.3 out of 10|
|Rotten Tomatoes Score||NA|
|MPAA Rating||Not Rated|
|Streaming on||Netflix United States, Netflix Canada, Netflix United Kingdom and Netflix Brazil|
Hidden Kingdoms is a documentary series that follows the tiny animals that make their homes in the world’s jungles and forests. Life is seen through their perspective, allowing the viewers to see things as if everything was giant.
– Hidden Kingdoms is narrated by actor Stephen Fry.
– This documentary series was filmed in the jungle, the desert, the savanna, the forest and the city areas of Tokyo and Rio de Janeiro.
5. Blue Planet (2001)
|Release Date on Netflix||January 31, 2012|
|IMDb Rating||9.0 out of 10|
|Rotten Tomatoes Score||83|
|Streaming on||Netflix United States, Netflix Canada, Netflix United Kingdom, Netflix Austria, Netflix Netherlands, Netflix Germany, Netflix Denmark, Netflix Sweden, Netflix Finland, Netflix Norway, Netflix Australia and Netflix France|
Blue Planet explores the life found in the marine world varying from the places and animals we already know about to the ones less familiar, showing off the sea and its unique communities at their most fascinating.
– David Attenborough narrates Blue Planet.
– Blue Planet was five years in the making.