Tinga Tinga Tales

Inspired by traditional African folktales and original art styles, this animated series tells the story of how various African animals came to be the way they are today. Funny and educational, each episode delivers universal lessons about community, friendship, and the consequences of one's actions.

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  • Why Cheetah has Tears
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    July 8, 2011

    You see there was a time when Cheetah didn't have tears. She was the fastest animal in the whole of Tinga Tinga. Cheetah was faster than even the Wind. Every year Cheetah and Wind would race to see who was the fastest and every year Cheetah would win. Until one day.... Tales from Africa.

  • Why Meerkat is Always on the Lookout
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    July 7, 2011

    You see there was a time when Meerkat was not always on the lookout. Meerkat used to race around Tinga Tinga bumping into things and causing chaos. She never stayed still long enough to listen to any beast. But then one day Meerkat bumps into the Sleeping Stones... and they make her listen alright! Tales from Africa.

  • Why Squirrel Gathers Nuts
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    July 6, 2011

    You see there was a time when Squirrel didn't gather nuts; she was far too busy braiding her bushy tail. Then one day there is very little food in Tinga Tinga and Lion summons all the animals to pull together and help find food for everyone. Squirrel is too busy braiding her tail to join in, but when she finally realises that there is not enough food to go round she races around gathering nuts for all the animals. The thing is she can't stop! Tales from Africa.

  • Why Mole Lives Underground
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    July 5, 2011

    You see there was a time when Mole didn't live underground. She had tiny weenie ears where every little sound made her ears hurt. Unfortunately Tinga Tinga could be a very noisy place. Then one night when Elephant's snoring, Jackal's howling and Owl's twit-twooing get too much Mole decides to DIG. She digs and she digs and she digs.... until she finds total quiet. Tales from Africa.

  • Why Cricket Chirrups
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    July 4, 2011

    You see there was a time when Cricket didn't chirrup. Infact Cricket didn't do anything at all and it was beginning to get him down. Every animal has a use. Elephant trumpets, Lion roars...but what does Cricket do? And then one day Cricket discovers that he has rhythm. Cricket finds the beat! Tales from Africa.

  • Why Skunk Smells
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    July 1, 2011

    You see there was a time when Skunk didn't smell. Skunk smelt as sweet as sweet can be. Infact, whenever any animal had a smelly problem they went straight to Skunk. And then one day naughty Baboon tricks Skunk into tasting the yucky Smellyfruit! Tales from Africa.

  • Why Eagle Rules the Skies
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    June 30, 2011

    You see there was a time when Eagle didn't rule the skies. She was a humble bird who kept herself to self. But then one day things start going wrong for the birds - some beast steals Hen's eggs, Hummingbird loses her hum and Tickbird goes missing! Eagle quietly saves the day and Lion rewards her with half his Kingdom. Tales from Africa.

  • Why Puff Adder Sheds his Skin.
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    June 29, 2011

    You see there was a time when Puff Adder didn't shed his skin. All the animals were afraid of Puff Adder because he was very difficult to see and he had a nasty bite. Puff Adder decides that if no beast wants to be his friend then he doesn't want to have any friends. He slithers far, far away to the desert where he bumps into Camel and learns that every animal needs a friend. Tales from Africa.

  • Why Buffalo has Horns
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    June 28, 2011

    You see there was a time when Buffalo didn't have horns. He had very long shaggy hair and he lived near the Swamp. But then one day the Swamp moves and Buffalo has to find a new home! The Swamp grows and grows and soon all the horned animals who live on the Plains risk losing their home too. So Buffalo decides to save the day and push back the muddy swamp. Tales from Africa.

  • Why Guinea Fowl has Dots
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    June 27, 2011

    You see there was a time when Guinea Fowl didn't have dots. She was an adventurous bird and loved to discover things. One day Tortoise challenges her to find out why the top of Mount Tinga Tinga shines. Guinea Fowl can't resist and races off, over the desert, past the ocean, up to the very top of Mount Tinga Tinga where she does indeed discover why the top of Mount Tinga Tinga shines.... SNOW! Guinea Fowl is the first ever animal to see snow! Tales from Africa.