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team sayari kid hosts at sayari basecamp with funzi
Credit: National Geographic Wild

Disney Brings Back Innovative Nature Show

Fans of nature-focused kids’ shows like¬†Zoboomafoo¬†or educational shows like¬†The Crocodile Hunter¬†from days past will be pleased to learn that a lesser-known National Geographic Wild show is being renewed! Team Sayari is apparently coming back for a second season!

This show was created by the Walt Disney Company Africa alongside USAID, the U.S. State Department, and WildlifeDirect. The second season of the show will air on National Geographic Wild every Saturday as of March 4. The first season of the African show faced “a successful launch and enthusiastic reception”, so “viewers can look forward to more adventures in the natural world“!

Team Sayari is a show hosted by children that also features children or teenagers as “field presenters” from all over Africa. The show has been described as “the first of its kind”.

Africa sign in Disney Park

An Africa sign in the Animal Kingdom. Credit: Disney Fanatic

Episodes begin with hosts Mysha Hodson, Marita Lucas, Shanah Manjeru, Railey Mwai, and Adarsh Nagda welcoming viewers to their basecamp known as “Sayari Basecamp”, which is set around an enormous tree. An AI companion called Funzi “imparts knowledge about the environment and gives the team various challenges on which to embark.”

Apparently, “this authentic African children‚Äôs programme aims to encourage viewers to engage in conservation of Africa‚Äôs vast biodiversity and natural resources”. The show is also meant to “inspire curiosity, ignite positive behaviour change and nurture environmental champions”

The correspondents in the field that the show’s young hosts speak to on the show range from ages 11 to 15, and include¬†Thandolwethu Fani, Khahliso Khojane, Sabrina Kilumanga, Atule Mazane, Christian Mekhi, Toluwanimi Olaoye, and Sheilah Sheldone. These correspondents take trips to visit Africa’s topmost experts on environmental issues.

They also “provide viewers with the knowledge of how to protect the natural world, in a fun way”.

Team Sayari¬†is also accompanied by “an outreach programme” led by WildlifeDirect in East Africa! This Nature Positive Kids Outreach program is reading 10,000 children. The 200 schools that are involved also embarked on an endeavor to create “conservation project proposals” in Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania as part of World Wildlife Day.

There is even a Team Sayari app coming into play! Have you heard of this show? Did you know about Disney’s conservation efforts and the efforts of Disneynature (not to mention the ocean conservation initiative and easy fundraising game created for the premiere of¬†Avatar: The Way of Water¬†last year)?

About Sharon

Sharon is a writer and animal lover from New England. Sharon's two main focuses in her work are Disney's correlations with pop culture and the significance of Disney princesses (which was the basis for her college thesis). When she's not writing about Disney, Sharon spends her time singing, dancing, and cavorting with woodland creatures!