Kids Learn to Love Animals on PBS’s Wild Kratts

03/06/2011 at 11:00 AM ET
Courtesy PBS Kids

Sometimes there are questions we can’t necessarily answer for our kids.

How fast can a cheetah run? How much does a baby elephant weigh? What is the world’s biggest whale?

For such creature queries, luckily, there’s the PBS series Wild Kratts, an animated show that takes children on adventures into the animal kingdom.

The show’s stars, New Jersey-born brothers Martin, 45, and Chris, 41, shared an interest in animals while growing up, and after pursuing zoology degrees in college, they set off to explore their passions.

“We picked up a video camera, went to Costa Rica and started filming wildlife videos,” Chris tells PEOPLE Moms & Babies.

“We edited them in our basement and started bringing them to schools to show kids.”

On their first series, Kratts’ Creatures, the brothers introduced viewers to all kinds of exotic animals. But with Wild Kratts, they take things a step further.

“There are so many never-before-seen animal moments,” Martin says. “No matter how long we spend out in Africa filming creatures, you can’t see it all. But with animation, we can show everything.” While scenarios are often made up, the science is never falsified — it is educational, after all.

The show centers on Martin and Chris, assisted by a team of scientists who create crazy inventions that give them the abilities of animals. “We love being animated — you don’t get any bumps or bruises that way,” jokes Martin.

But what the brothers love even more is bringing animal education to children. “We want kids to meet all of these amazing animals with whom we share the planet,” Martin says. “When kids really know about animals, they want to work to save them.” Adds Chris, “Animals can take you anywhere in the world of science.”

Catch Wild Kratts daily on PBS (check your local listings for show times). Also, check out our exclusive video interview with the show’s hosts below.

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Mina on

They used to do Zaboomafoo with the lemur and my son loved that show too.

Jenn on

My 3, 5, 7, and 9 year olds LOVE this show. I wish it was on after school, instead of at 1:30, when the three older ones are in school. And, no, we don’t have a DVR:)

Susan on

These are the Zoboomafoo brothers — awesome! Not sure why that isn’t mentioned in the article but probably many of us remember Zoboomafoo, a very educational and popular show that began on PBS back in the late 90s that my children loved. Cool to see they have a new show!

victoriajh on

its me and you amd ZABOOMAFOOOOOO- i ws just watching this on netflix the other day and were talking about krats creatures- and wondering why it was no longer on- yeah for this!

kittenbomb on

This is the only show that BOTH of my kids will watch. My son is 9 and my daughter is 3, you can imagine they have very different tastes. But they both love it and watch it every chance they get.

Winter01 on

My daughter adores/adored Zaboomafoo when she was younger. I love these brothers! 🙂

CanadaLove on

They were also the stars of Kratt’s Creatures, I used to watch that all the time!

Cammy on

Have to disagree on this one. The actual information given in this show is minimal. It’s hyper and basically an entertaining cartoon. Their show Zaboomafoo is MUCH better – educational, with real animals and very entertaining…. I can imagine it’s much cheaper making a cartoon, but it is nothing compared to children seeing animals and the Kratt brother’s interacting with them.

Olivia Bloom on

I used to watch their old, old show on PBS. I was ALL ABOUT Kratt’s Kreatures when I was a kid. I haven’t seen Zaboomafoo, or this cartoon version, but I loved animals as a kid and was in love with Chris and Martin, and it’s funny to me that they are still on TV, and as popular as they are. 🙂

Jan Barnes on

My 4 y/o son loves this show. He has learned so much from the brothers. I love listening to him tell me about the animals. You guys are great. Thank you from a wonderful entertaining and educational show.