Animal Families: All About Noise

Weekdays at 6.50am

Much-loved wildlife expert Michaela Strachan presents the enchanting series that explores family life in the animal kingdom. From elephants to meerkats, the programme investigates how baby animals cope with the world around them. Michaela is joined on her travels by her four-year-old son, Oliver.

Just like the human world, the animal kingdom is full of families. In this preschool wildlife series, Michaela Strachan sets out across the planet to meet the youngest members of animal families and explore how similar they are to people.

Michaela and her young helpers investigate everything from hairy bears to sea-going penguins. Each programme is themed around a familiar aspect of daily life, such as playing with friends, going to school or having a bath.

Every episode of the series comprises three strands: a story based on the programme’s theme, a tactile wildlife tale that introduces children to animals and a soap-opera-style update on an animal family.

Monday’s episode is all about noise. Michaela meets the loudest animal in the world – the howler monkey. Next, she takes Moya and William to feed some cacophonous lorikeets.

Tuesday’s show looks at swimming. Michaela takes Anna and Luke to feed a family of hippos, who love outings to the pool. Later, they meet a group of elephants who are on their way to the watering hole to cool down.

Michaela, Jack and Oliver learn about dens on Wednesday. They meet a capybara and a beaver, who live together in Drusilla’s Park in East Sussex. Next, they build a hideout for the animals using branches and sticks.

On Thursday, Moya and William play at getting dirty. They cover their hands in colourful paint and make finger paintings. Later, they help Michaela clean out a zebra enclosure.

In the last episode of the week on Friday, Harvey and Sophia find out about animals without hands and feet. The children go on a giant water slide, then Michaela introduces them to some slithery snakes!

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