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Netflix movies, documentaries for animal lovers

From inspiring documentaries that explore the natural habitats of some of the world's most exotic wildlife to animated classics, here are our top picks streaming on Netflix for animal lovers.

"Naledi: A Baby Elephant's Tale"

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"Naledi: A Baby Elephant's Tale" is a true story about an orphaned baby elephant named Naledi, whose mother died six weeks after her birth. She was born at a rescue camp in the Botswana wilderness, and her strong connection with the keepers and scientists who become her surrogate mothers is a heart-warming experience for all.

"Natures Great Events"

The series examines how animals living in various
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The series examines how animals living in various areas deal with seasonal changes. Natural events such as the great flood in Okavango and the summer melt of Arctic ice can create conditions for unforgettable wildlife events.

"The Secret Life of Pets"

Ever wonder how pets act when we leave
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Ever wonder how pets act when we leave the house? Max, a terrier who lives a quiet life in Manhattan, suddenly has his life turned upside down when his owner brings home a messy stray named Duke; available to stream April 22, 2017.

Disneynature "Growing Up Wild"

Five baby animals living in different parts of
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Five baby animals living in different parts of the world learn to survive with the love and nurturing of family. The series explores the animals' first steps into their new and fascinating lives to moments of growth and independence.

"Sing"

An enthusiastic koala tries to save his theater
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An enthusiastic koala tries to save his theater with a singing contest; The A-list cast features Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane and more stars.

"Koko: The Gorilla Who Talks"

This moving documentary reveals the friendship between Koko
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This moving documentary reveals the friendship between Koko the gorilla and Penny Patterson, an American animal psychologist. Patterson taught the primate how to communicate through sign language.

"Zootopia"

In a peaceful animal kingdom, a rookie police
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In a peaceful animal kingdom, a rookie police rabbit and a con artist fox team up to solve a mystery.

"Life Story"

Narrated by David Attenborough,
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Narrated by David Attenborough, "Life Story" traces six crucial stages of animal life through infancy, growing up, finding a home, gaining power, winning a mate and succeeding as a parent.

"Madagascar Escape 2 Africa"

When a rescue mission goes wrong, Alex the
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When a rescue mission goes wrong, Alex the lion and his friends are stranded in Africa. They soon realize they have little in common with the locals.

"Pandas: The Journey Home"

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"Pandas: The Journey Home" explores the lives of various pandas bred in captivity at China's Wolong Panda Center. The series allows viewers to learn more about the animals' personalities and habits before they are released into the wild.

"Free Willy"

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"Free Willy", a 1993 family classic about a bond between a maladjusted orphan and a young Orca whale.

"Baby Animals in the Wild"

Take a look at the lives of baby
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Take a look at the lives of baby forest animals and their everyday routines, from playing with mom and their siblings to catching their morning breakfast and learning the basics of life.

"Wildest Arctic"

The four-part series takes place in the Taiga,
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The four-part series takes place in the Taiga, and explores how various animals, such as polar bears and the Arctic fox, survive in ice and cold.

"Finding Dory”

The very lovable but forgetful fish Dory is
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The very lovable but forgetful fish Dory is back for another under-the-sea adventure when she suddenly remembers she does have a family of her own. Dory's friends Marlin and Nemo join her on an epic journey to find her family, and have plenty of fun along the way.

"Wildest Indochina"

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"Wildest Indochina" lets viewers glimpse the extraordinary habitats of animals living in Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Southwest Asia and the daily challenges these species face.

"The Lion in Your Living Room"

Specialists track the enigmas of the common house
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Specialists track the enigmas of the common house cat and the history of domestication and genetic research of various felines.

"Africa's Deadliest"

From sharks to elephants,
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From sharks to elephants, "Africa's Deadliest" showcases the killer tactics used by the planet's fiercest predators.

"Kung Fu Panda"

Po the panda joins a group of kung
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Po the panda joins a group of kung fu experts to help fight the evil snow leopard Tai Lung.

"Wildlife SOS"

Members of the Wildlife Aid Foundation help rescue
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Members of the Wildlife Aid Foundation help rescue sick and wounded animals until they are strong enough to be released into the wild.

"Blackfish"

The documentary follows the controversy surrounding the captivity
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The documentary follows the controversy surrounding the captivity of killer whales and explores the concern of Tilikum, an orca held by SeaWorld. The whale caused the deaths of several people while in captivity.

"Second Chance Dogs"

A heart-warming documentary about ASPCA's Behavioral Rehabilitation Center
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A heart-warming documentary about ASPCA's Behavioral Rehabilitation Center experts rescuing six dogs from abuse in hopes of finding them homes.

"Natural Born Hustlers"

This Nature documentary explores how animals such as
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This Nature documentary explores how animals such as orcas, owls and otters use their "sneaky" instincts to survive predators' attacks.

"72 Dangerous Animals"

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"72 Dangerous Animals" takes a deeper look at some of the most dangerous animals in the world. From venomous snakes to a virus-carrying mosquito, these are the creatures you do not want to mess with.

"A Dogs Life"

If you've ever wondered how dogs perceive, experience
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If you've ever wondered how dogs perceive, experience and understand reality, this is for you. "A Dog's Life" explores these key aspects of a pup's life.

"Africa"

This five-part nature series follows the stories of
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This five-part nature series follows the stories of various animals living throughout the African continent and how these species survive and live with one another.

"Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey"

When their owners have to make a temporary
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When their owners have to make a temporary move to San Francisco, three pets, named Chance, Shadow and Sassy, mistakenly believe they've been left for good with a family friend on a California ranch. The animals set out on a dangerous and uncertain trip home. This is a 1993 remake of the 1963 movie "The Incredible Journey"; available to stream April 15, 2017.

"Wildest Islands"

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"The Wildest Islands" series includes two seasons exploring various islands around the world. Viewers can get a closer look at a variety of species that have experienced little human exposure.

"72 Cutest Animals"

This series explores the lives of some of
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This series explores the lives of some of the cutest animals in the wild. From tiger cubs to polar bears, get a glimpse of these animals in their natural habitats.

"Open Season"

A domesticated grizzly bear finds himself in the
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A domesticated grizzly bear finds himself in the wild and unprepared for the real world after saving a deer. The characters are voiced by Martin Lawrence, Ashton Kutcher, Gary Sinise and others.

"Air Bud"

After his father's death, teenager Josh and his
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After his father's death, teenager Josh and his family move to Washington State. While adjusting to a new town and life in high school, Josh finds a stray golden retriever, takes him in and later discovers his new dog, Buddy, is a talented basketball player.

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