Animal Families Series Finale

Weekdays at 6.50am

The enchanting series that explores family life in the animal kingdom concludes. From elephants to meerkats, the programme has explored how baby animals cope with the world around them. Wildlife presenter Michaela Strachan introduces the last five episodes of the series.

Just like the human world, the animal kingdom is full of families. In this preschool wildlife series, Michaela Strachan has been busy meeting the youngest members of animal families and exploring how similar they are to people.

Michaela and her young helpers – including her son Ollie – have investigated 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 focuses on climbing. Sophia and Harvey are climbing in their treehouse. Then Michaela takes them to see some patas monkeys, who have a more sophisticated way of scaling trees.

Tuesday’s show looks at animals that jump. Bobby and Charlie pretend to be a kangaroo and a frog, and learn how to bounce on a trampoline. Next, Michaela takes them to meet a springy polecat.

Michaela investigates how animals protect themselves on Wednesday. Jack and Oliver wear helmets when they ride their bikes. Then Michaela takes them to see some porcupines, who use sharp spines to protect themselves.

Thursday’s episode is all about rolling around! Michaela, Bobby and Charlie meet a hedgehog that can roll itself into a tight ball.

In the last episode of the series on Friday, the theme is exploring. Michaela takes Sophia and Harvey to meet some very curious squirrel monkeys. Then they catch up with a family of lion cubs.

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