- 3 Seasons
Zoboomafoo was a children's television show that aired on PBS Kids from 1999 to 2001. The show was hosted by brothers Martin and Chris Kratt, who are well-known for their wildlife and nature programming. The show also featured Jovian, a lemur, who played the titular character, Zoboomafoo. The show was targeted towards preschool-aged children and focused on teaching them about animals and the environment. Each episode began with Martin and Chris introducing the animal of the day, and then Zoboomafoo, a talking lemur, would appear and invite them to his treehouse, where they would begin their adventure. Throughout the show, Martin, Chris, and Zoboomafoo would explore the animal's habitat and learn about its behavior, diet, and physical characteristics. They would also incorporate songs, games, and other interactive elements to engage the audience and reinforce the educational content. One of the unique features of Zoboomafoo was the use of live animals on the show. The Kratt brothers would often bring animals into the treehouse with them, and Jovian would interact with them, creating a sense of realism and wonder for young viewers. In addition to teaching about specific animals, Zoboomafoo also focused on broader environmental issues, such as deforestation, pollution, and conservation. The show aimed to instill a sense of stewardship and responsibility in young viewers, encouraging them to care for the planet and the animals that inhabit it. The show was not only educational but also entertaining. Martin, Chris, and Jovian had a playful and comedic dynamic, and the show's catchy theme song and colorful visuals made it memorable for young viewers. Zoboomafoo was well-received by both children and parents alike. It won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing in a Children's Series in 2001 and was praised for its approachable and engaging educational content. Despite its short run, Zoboomafoo remains a beloved children's show and a testament to the Kratt brothers' dedication to promoting environmental education for young audiences.