We were kindly gifted this Learning Resources UK GeoSafari Jr. Talking Wildlife Camera, thanks to the Good Play Guide Ambassador scheme, however we weren’t asked to review it – we just did, as we love it so much!
This GeoSafari Jr. Talking Wildlife Camera is just fantastic. We have been huge fans of the GeoSafai Kidnoculars for several years, so we were really excited to try out this camera – Lily instantly recognised the fun branding when she opened the box and couldn’t wait to get it set up.
It was a cold, rainy, January weekend afternoon, so we set up a mini safari in the living room, complete with den, animal toys and her new Talking Wildlife Camera – Lily was buzzing at our ‘living room safari’ setup!
The Talking Wildlife Camera is so easy to set up. You need three AAA batteries (not included – so make a note to get some ready if it’s a gift!), then you simply attach the three tripod legs into the slots at the bottom, and you’re ready to go.
Playing and learning
The Talking Wildlife Camera is narrated by Robert Irwin from Australia Zoo and packed with amazing animal facts.
You can choose where in the world you want to explore and learn about animals from the region, alongside 130 HD photos, many taken by Robert Irwin himself. There are 120 animal facts to learn alongside the images, with large buttons to help you scroll through them, simply by looking through the viewfinder like binoculars.
The eyepiece is surrounded by soft rubber, so is comfy for little faces to line up against them, with large handles for little hands to hold on to too.
Lily also loved the quiz mode, where he gives you questions, and then you press a button to choose an answer – Robert Irwin then tells you if you’re right or wrong.
The camera is designed for children age 4+. Lily is 6 and absolutely loved it – there are some stunning photos in there and it was so easy for her to use, especially with the little tripod to keep it stable.
She was really excited to learn some lovely facts about animals, and even told her grandparents some animal facts when they spoke to her on the phone – she loved showing them the camera when they arrived.
You can also switch the camera mode off by simply turning the dial at the front of the camera (note, it doesn’t take photos like a standard camera, it just has them stored inside), and you can look through the viewfinder, so she has it set up in the living room to look out into the garden.
We are really impressed with it and how simple it is to use too – so she can easily be left with it by herself to explore a new continent and learn about the animals.
Her favourite fact is currently about the arctic fox – but I won’t give any spoilers!
This really would make a lovely gift for a young child as it has clear images, is simple to use and there is so much to learn, while having fun too – we really do recommend it and know this will be loved in our house for many years.