Animal Families: Lemurs

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 explores how animals use their feet. Michaela takes Jenna and Leanne to meet some lemurs, who use their hands and feet to climb. The girls then hang some new ropes in the lemurs’ enclosure.

Tuesday’s show looks at animals that can fly. Rachel and Ollie make paper planes to see how they soar through the air. Later, Michaela takes them to meet some birds of prey.

Michaela investigates animals that like to hide on Wednesday. Rachel and Ollie play hide-and-seek in the forest. Next, they help Michaela conceal some snacks for an orangutan.

Thursday’s episode is all about how adult animals carry their babies. Jenna and Leanne go to meet some wallabies with Michaela and see how they carry their babies in their pouches.

In the last episode of the week on Friday, Millie and George learn about how animals clean themselves. First, the pair give their dog a bath. Then Michaela takes them to clean a bigger animal – an elephant!

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