Animal Families: Different Colours

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.

On Monday, Michaela investigates the different colours in the animal kingdom. Shaun and Isabel try dressing up as different animals, before meeting some stick insects who use camouflage to help them hide from predators.

Tuesday’s show is all about bedtime. George and Millie meet a baby koala who is trying to find a comfortable resting place in a tree. The children then encounter some big elephant seals who love sleeping in the sunshine!

Wednesday’s show focuses on digging. Bobbie, Charlie and Michaela meet a fox who digs holes to hide his food, and a sea turtle who burrows a hole in the sand to bury her eggs.

On Thursday, Anna and Luke make some waves in a swimming pool. Anna loves swimming under the water, but Luke is not so keen. Then they meet a sea lion who swims and plays under the water.

In the last episode of the week on Friday, Michaela investigates how animals keep out the cold. Reindeer and sea otters have thick layers of fur to protect them, but William and Moya need special winter coats to keep warm!

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