News From Zoos (partially found Canadian children's television series; 1980-1981)

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A screenshot from one of the episodes.

Status: Partially Found

News from Zoos was a Canadian children's television series that aired on CBC between 1980 and 1981. The show was written by Jill McFarlene and created by Michael Spivak for Jaylar Productions.


News from Zoos stars Charlie Chimp, a 6-year-old chimpanzee, as he showcased news from zoos and aquariums throughout the world. Charlie's voice actor was Toronto-based comedian/actor Carl Banas, known for his voice roles in series such as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, The Amazing Spider-Man, and Wojeck. Charlie was sometimes co-hosted by Sarah Hoyt, as she commentated on the segments.[1]

News from Zoos would have stories based in zoos and aquariums throughout the world. Some of the "news" would include a newborn Sable antelope at the Jackson Zoological Park in Jackson, Mississippi, and a Seawolf (also known as the Atlantic wolfish) being captured and transferred to an aquarium in Victoria, British Columbia. There would also be segments on specific zoo projects, like the San Francisco Zoo's "Adopt-An-Animal" plan, and also segments on certain kinds of mammals, birds, and reptiles from around the world, such as Giant pandas and Komodo dragons.[1]


News from Zoos ran on Canadian television in half-hour episodes from October 20th, 1980, to May 25th, 1981, with reruns lasting well into the 1990s.[2] Out of all of the episodes of the series, only 17 minutes of the Seawolf episode has been found and uploaded to the internet via YouTube user TheShanaki.


17 minutes of footage from News from Zoos.

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