Meet the Gang
Carmen the pangolin rolled into a ball and raced her friends. She was always last to arrive to the finish line. Will I ever win she thought? On her way back, her Mama told her to be patient. What does that mean Mama? It means you need to know how to wait. Just have fun in the meanwhile and someday you might win.
Sometimes you just need a little bit of time to get better at rolling. That day she went to bed thinking happily what she learnt. To learn how to wait, to enjoy the rolling game for fun and not just to win, and to have hope that maybe with practice, she would win one day the rolling race.
Cool Facts: Did you know pangolins are actually mammals and their babies drink milk from their mamas? They can also eat up to 10,000- 15,000 ants, termites per day, and have long sticky tongues which are longer than their bodies.Barney the Flamingo
Barney the greater flamingo stood under a tree feeling sad because his pink color had gone. His friend Bailey told him to eat more green plants called algae to feel better and turn his feathers back to a healthy pink colour. “Eat green to go pink?” replied Barney, surprised. But he followed his friend’s advice, and sure enough it was not too long before he was happily skipping along the shallow pools - his beautiful pink colour had returned.
Cool Fact: it is the algae flamingoes eat that contain photosynthetic pigments (maybe ask daddy or mummy to explain these words) that give the birds their pink look.
In a swamp near the city there lived a small group of birds, which had beaks that were shaped like shoes! They all looked very grumpy except for one, who seemed to be smiling all the time. Alex the shoebill always had a smile on his face. Whenever anyone asked why he was so happy, he simply replied “I’m just one happy chap, thankful for all that I have”.
Cool Facts: The Shoebill is a very large bird! It can be almost 5 feet tall (1.5 meters), 4 feet long (1.2 meters), reaching 1.5 pounds (7 kilograms) in weight! Take a measuring tape and try to imagine how big these birds are!
Mateo the Elephant
Mateo loved the water and to roll in the mud. Suddenly the water hole went dry and his mama told him they had to walk together as a family to find a new one. They walked, and walked and walked for days! But still no water in sight. During the walk, his grandma told him to not give up and to keep looking into the horizon. “Nana is always right and what she says she means it” Mateo thought. Mateo was getting more tired but he trusted the words of Nana.
Suddenly he saw his Nana trumpeting in the air telling her herd that they had arrived to their new home. And yep, he ran with his other brothers and sisters and jumped into the cool and deep waters of a new water hole in the savannah.
Cool Facts: Did you know elephants are the world’s largest land mammals – and, aside from the great apes (humans, gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos and orangutans) – the most intelligent!
Raffy the Giraffe
One bright sunny morning Raffy the giraffe was happily munching away on a breakfast of yummy leaves, when she heard someone crying. She found that it was her friend Kiki the little Vervet monkey who was crying. Kiki was sad because she was not able to rescue her lovely purple kite that got stuck at the top of the great old Acacia tree. The thorns on the tree were just too prickly for her climb and free the kite. ‘Don’t cry Kiki, I will help you get your kite back, come on let’s go.’
When they got to the great old Acacia tree, Raffy tried to stretch her long neck up to the trapped kite, but she was not quite tall enough to reach it. Kiki was sad and about to give up hope when Raffy had a brilliant idea- ‘Kiki up climb along my neck and see if you can reach the kite’. So up she climbed and freed the kite.
Hooray!!! ‘You are such a good friend Raffy’ said Kiki hugging her ‘Thank you for helping me get my kite, we make a great team!.’
Cool Fact: Did you know that the neck of a giraffe has the same amount of vertebrae as humans? They have seven vertebrae.
“Don’t be sad Boh - you know you don’t have to be a musician to join the group. You could sing just like I used to!” he said with a wink.
“Come on let's try and sing a song together.”
Lily the Butterfly
Lily the butterfly flew high into the treetops. “I’m a bird”, she thought. She had changed from a caterpillar into a beautiful new creature, with wings! The other butterflies told her she was just an insect and not a bird. But she didn’t believe them, and continued to fly as high as she could!
Cool Fact: Did you know that most adult cream-banded swallowtail butterflies have six fully formed legs instead of four.