5 Nature Documentaries to Watch Now on Disney+

Inspiring content encourages us to reconnect with nature

There is no end to documentaries to watch, whether you’re into history, films, video games, or like us passionate about our natural world. Documentaries can be both enlightening and be used as a tool for good when they are done well.

Better Safaris CEO Paul Tully has been involved in the making of such documentaries, with his role as co-production manager on the South African independent film STROOP: Journey Into the Rhino Horn War. STROOP took 4 years of dedicated filming from South African filmmakers Bonné de Bod and Susan Scott, so we know first-hand just how much dedication documentaries can take from the people making them and how crucial they are in storytelling and awareness.

No film can replace physical actions. However, films are a fantastic gateway to discovery to the wonders of our universe – our enchanting oceans, animals, marine life, captivating landscapes and the beautiful people which habituate this speck in the universe we call earth. Taking what we hear and see to heart is one thing, but turning that emotion and knowledge into action is magical.

Here we bring you 5 nature documentaries that are currently available to stream on Disney+. In no particular order, they are a selection of excellent films that we’ve personally watched, enjoyed and 100% recommend to you.

Watch them. Enjoy them. Now let’s care for our planet.

Note: all content is subject to regional variations and subscriptions.

Becoming Cousteau

Adventurer, filmmaker, inventor, author, unlikely celebrity and conservationist: For over four decades, Jacques-Yves Cousteau and his explorations under the ocean became synonymous with a love of science and the natural world. As he learned to protect the environment, he brought the whole world with him, sounding alarms more than 50 years ago about the warming seas and our planet’s vulnerability. In BECOMING COUSTEAU, from National Geographic Documentary Films, two-time Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker LIZ GARBUS takes an inside look at Cousteau and his life, his iconic films and inventions, and the experiences that made him the 20th century’s most unique and renowned environmental voice — and the man who inspired generations to protect the Earth.

Originally released: 2021

Into The Okavango

The Okavango River Basin provides a vital source of water to about 1 million people, the world’s largest population of African elephants and significant populations of lions, cheetahs and hundreds of species of birds. However, this once unspoiled oasis is now under siege due to increasing pressure from human activity. From National Geographic Documentary Films, Into the Okavango chronicles a team of modern-day explorers on their first epic four-month, 1,500-mile expedition across three countries to save the river system that feeds the Okavango Delta, one of our planet’s last wetland wildernesses.

Originally released: 2018

Playing With Sharks

A true pioneer in both underwater filmmaking and shark research, Valerie Taylor is a living legend and icon in the underwater world whose life’s work has become the basis for much of what we know about sharks today. Through remarkable underwater archival footage, along with interviews with Valerie herself, “Playing with Sharks,” follows this daring ocean explorer’s trajectory from champion spearfisher to passionate shark protector.

Originally released: 2021

Welcome To Earth

WELCOME TO EARTH, a Disney+ original series from National Geographic, follows two-time Academy Award® nominee Will Smith on an extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime adventure around the world to explore Earth’s greatest wonders and reveal its most hidden secrets. Throughout the six-part limited series produced by visionary Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Darren Aronofsky, Protozoa Pictures, Jane Root’s Nutopia and Westbrook Studios, Will is guided by elite explorers on an awe-inspiring journey, getting up close and personal with some of the most thrilling spectacles on the planet — from volcanoes that roar in silence to deserts that move beyond our perception to animal swarms with minds of their own. Combining breathtaking cinematography with Will’s boundless curiosity and enthusiasm, the blockbuster series is an exciting, multisensory ride through Earth’s most mind-bending portals.

Originally released: 2021

Sea Of Hope

Oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle, National Geographic photographer Brian Skerry, Author & Historian Maxwell Kennedy take a team of young environmentalists around America’s Ocean hotspots to showcase the hidden ecosystems hidden beneath the waves. Their goal is to encourage people to protect these amazing hidden National Wonders.

Originally released: 2017

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