Zig Zag: Wildlife Safari

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started9th Jan 1989
ended18th Mar 1991
last rpt21st Jun 1995
7 school years
duration20 mins
subject 👨‍🔬ScienceNature
age rangeAge 7-9
languageenIn English

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Wildlife Safari is a unit of the BBC Schools TV series Zig Zag from the 1980s & 1990s, covering nature for primary school pupils.

A look at animal behaviour in different ways, with regular presenters Sheelagh and Paul joined by animal expert Nick Davies, and helped by film from the BBC's natural history archives including the David Attenborough series Life on Earth. Animals behaviours are linked to human behaviours, such as the number of people who need to be in the Zig Zag studio to make the programme, linked to animals working together.


A teacher's programme, and two additional regular episodes with Nick Davies on location, were added in 1991. Subsequent repeats each consisted of between 4 and 8 episodes selected from this unit, and the full run of 10 (9 for pupils + 1 for teachers) was only ever broadcast continuously in 1991.

Episode List

# Title Broadcast
1. Movement #1989-01-09-00-00-009 Jan 1989
2. Attack and Defence #1989-01-16-00-00-0016 Jan 1989
3. Homes #1989-01-23-00-00-0023 Jan 1989
4. Breeding #1989-01-30-00-00-0030 Jan 1989
5. Rearing #1989-02-06-00-00-006 Feb 1989
6. Messages #1989-02-13-00-00-0013 Feb 1989
7. Working Together #1989-02-20-00-00-0020 Feb 1989
- A Classroom Safari #1991-01-07-00-00-007 Jan 1991
8. Beaver Pond #1991-03-11-00-00-0011 Mar 1991
9. Animals in Danger! #1991-03-18-00-00-0018 Mar 1991


Year Term Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Channel Details
1988-89 Spring 1989 Monday, 10:58am Wednesday, 1:40pm BBC2
1990-91 Spring 1991 Monday, 11:00am Wednesday, 1:40pm BBC2
1992-93 Summer 1993 Tuesday, 10:40am Wednesday, 11:15am BBC2
1993-94 Summer 1994 Monday, 12:05pm Thursday, 12:05pm BBC2
1994-95 Summer 1995 Monday, 11:00am Wednesday, 1:25pm BBC2



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