A Christmas Celebration in the Jungle

Jungle Jim is ready to go on another adventure with his animal friends, but this time they’re throwing a Christmas party in the jungle. Join Jungle Jim and his friends as they get ready to celebrate the holidays with some fun!

“Are we all here?” Jungle Jim asked.

“I’ve got the Christmas cookies!” Scratch the Porcupine said.

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Catching Up with Jungle Jim!

Jungle Jim has been out and about exploring the jungle so much that he hasn’t had a lot of time to record all of the fun things that have been happening! Catch up with him now to see what he’s been up to and what’s going on in the jungle with his friends.

One day Jungle Jim was out exploring with Stripes the Tiger on their visit to Africa and they saw Dash the Cheetah racing with her friends. Jungle Jim asked Stripes if he wanted to join in the race, but he didn’t think he would win since cheetahs can run about 60-70 mph and tigers can only run up to 40 mph. Stripes and Dash have raced each other before and Dash always won. Stripes didn’t think he could outrun all those cheetahs.

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Jungle Jim Discovers Animals With Tusks

Do you brush your teeth every day? Can you imagine how long it would take to brush your teeth or the giant toothbrush you would need to brush an elephant tusk?! Elephants aren’t the only creatures with big teeth called tusks. Come with me, Jungle Jim, on an adventure as we discover animals with tusks.

Elephants

elephantElephants may be the animals most famous for having tusks. There are only two types of elephants; the African elephant and the Asian Elephant. Boy and girl African elephants have tusks, while only boy Asian elephants have tusks.

Elephant tusks are made of ivory and are very strong. Their tusks never stop growing and can become very large. Elephants use their tusks for digging, looking for food, fighting other elephants, protecting from predators and moving things out of the way. Some elephants have even been trained to move heavy logs with their tusks.

Do you use your right hand or left hand more? Similar to people, elephants choose a tusk that they like to use the most. The tusk they use most often is called the master tusk.

Jungle Jim Plays Hide and Seek With Camouflaged Animals

Is that a rock or fish? A lizard or leaf? There are some animals that are great at playing hide and seek because they blend in with their surroundings. This trait is called camouflage. Come with me, Jungle Jim, as we find new creatures hidden all around us.

The Stonefish

stonefishThe stonefish has the perfect name because this creature is a fish that looks just like a stone. It has scaly brown or grey skin with crusty patches of red or orange. It looks like stones or corral found in the ocean. It uses its camouflage to hunt. It sits very still and hides while it waits for other smaller fish to swim by. Then, in a flash, it reaches out at snatches the fish.

The stonefish is very poisonous and has sharp spines on its back. If it is stepped on it can be very painful.

Stonefish can also do something other fish can’t. It can live outside of the water for 24 hours. That’s one whole day!

Jungle Jim Learns About Animals That Breathe Through Their Skin

Take a deep breath in, now breathe out. When you breathe, your lungs take in oxygen. Then the oxygen is taken in by your blood. Your blood delivers oxygen to all the parts of your body. Every part of your body needs oxygen to work! Every creature needs oxygen, but not every creature breathes it in through their mouth or nose. Here are some creatures that breathe through their skin.

Earthworms

EarthwormEarthworms are creepy crawly creatures that live in the dirt underground. Earthworms don’t have lungs so they take in oxygen through their skin.

Their are 6,000 different kinds of earthworms found all over the world. You have probably seen some in your backyard. Some of the most common backyard earthworms are night crawlers, anglers and rainworms.

Earthworms eat soil and decomposing things like leaves. Did you know that earthworms are great for gardens and compost, but they are not so good for forests? Earthworms are not originally from forests in the north part of the United States. They were brought there from Europe and other places to help with farming and gardening. Too many earthworms can eat up the decaying leaves that trees like sugar maples rely on for healthy growth.

Jungle Jim Discovers Animals With Hard Shells

Animals have a variety of methods for defending themselves agains predators. Defending is another word for protecting. Have you ever seen a knight with a shield? The knight uses the shield for protection. Just like a knight uses his hard shield for protection, animals use hard shells for protection. A shell acts just like a built-in shield. Come with me, Jungle Jim to discover more about animals that have shells.

Turtles

There are 327 different kinds of turtles that live throughout the world. They have shells that are attached to their bodies. The top shell is called the carapace and the bottom shell is called the plastron. A turtle can tuck his body into his shell when he senses danger. Some turtles even have a hinge that clamps the shell shut once his body is inside. There are nerves in turtle’s shell. That means they can feel when their shell is being touched, just like your fingers can feel when you are touching something.

Both turtles and tortoises have shells. Turtles are built for living in the water. They have webbed feet so they can swim very well. Tortoises live on land and eat mostly shrubs and plants.

Jungle Jim Goes To The Coldest Climates

There are parts of the world in the far north and far south that are very cold all year long. It takes a very special kind of animal to survive in these tough conditions! Come with me, Jungle Jim, to see which special features animals need to survive in the coldest climates.

Arctic Wolves

Arctic wolves live in Alaska, Northern Canada and Greenland. They have all the right characteristics to survive in really cold weather. What color do you think the ground is most of the year in cold places? You’re right, white! The ground usually has a white blanket of snow. That is why arctic wolves have white fur. Their white fur helps them blend in with the snow so they can hide from predators and sneak up on the animals they hunt. Arctic wolves have smaller ears and noses than other wolves. This helps hold in heat. They also have two layers of fur. The bottom layer of fur helps their skin stay dry and the outer layer of fur gets thicker in the winter and acts like a very warm winter coat. Arctic wolves also have paws that are specially adapted to walking on snow, ice and permafrost. Permafrost means the ground is frozen all year long, even when there is no snow in the summer.

Jungle Jim Needs Your Help

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We have been on so many exciting adventures together and I have one more! The Jungle Jim team is working to complete the animation on three new videos, to create our fully animated five-episode season DVD. Until now the creation of these fun and educational music videos has been entirely self-funded, but to make it over the threshold we are inviting you to join the team!

How You Can Help

Quality animation is very expensive and our desire is to create excellent, quality videos for kids so that parents can relax knowing that they have wonderful, safe, and educational content or their little ones. That is why we need your help.

We are starting a Kickstarter campaign to make it easy for you and parents everywhere to join the Jungle Jim team. The campaign will launch on October 2nd. There are various levels of rewards you can receive as a thank you for joining our team. Every pledge helps us grow the team, so we can have more fun together with amazing content for our children.

You can view a preview of our Kickstarter campaign using this link. As you read through the campaign details you can see why parents and educators think it so important to share these catchy and educational videos with as many children as possible.

Jungle Jim Discovers History With Today’s Ancient Animals

Some of the animals alive today have not changed much since prehistoric times. Prehistoric means a very very long time ago!! While the dinosaurs went extinct, some creatures survived and they give us a picture into the past. Come with me, Jungle Jim to meet some of today’s ancient animals!

Horseshoe Crab

Horseshoe crabs are marine or ocean animals that live near the shore. The oldest horseshoe crab fossils date back to 450 million years ago. They are more closely related to spiders than other crabs. They have a sharp, pointy tail that looks dangerous, but it is only used to flip themselves when they get turned upside down. They may look intimidating, but horseshoe crabs are harmless to humans. The crabs and their eggs are important food for birds that live on the shore or migrate along the coast.

Jungle Jim Runs With The World’s Deer

Deer are common animals that can be seen all over the world. You may have even seen a deer in your own backyard! There are over 100 different types of deer in the deer family. Let’s learn about a few of them!

Moose

Moose are the biggest of all the different types of deer. They live in places where there is snow cover at least part of the year. Moose are adapted to survive in colder temperatures and do not like hot summers. To help them survive in their snowy climates moose have wide hooves that act like snowshoes to help them stay above the snow. Moose also have legs that are longer in the front in than in the back. This body shape helps moose jump over objects like fallen trees that may be in their path.

Moose like to live in swampy environments and eat twigs and other foliage. Bear and wolves hunt moose, so moose can be very aggressive to protect themselves. If you see a moose in the wild, be sure to give it plenty of space and admire it from a distance.