Wild Kratts is an American-Canadian children's television series created by the Kratt brothers, Chris Kratt and Martin Kratt, and produced by their company, Kratt Brothers Company, and 9 Story Entertainment (now 9 Story Media Group). The show's first season, which consists of 40 episodes, originally ran from January 3, 2011, to October 25, 2012. It began with the episodes "Mom of a Croc" and "Whale of a Squid" and concluded with the episode "Raptor Round Up."
Wild Kratts centers on the Kratt brothers, Chris Kratt (Chris Kratt) and Martin Kratt (Martin Kratt), who travel around the world to learn all about the animals that inhabit it. Accompanying them on their adventures are fellow teammates Aviva Corcovado (Athena Karkanis), an inventor; Koki (Heather Bambrick), a computer expert and mechanic; and Jimmy Z (Jonathan Malen), an assistant and pilot of the Tortuga HQ, a turtle-shaped aircraft that serves as their mobile headquarters. Together, they are known as the Wild Kratts.
While traveling around the world to learn all about the animals that inhabit it, the Wild Kratts perform "creature rescues," in which they save the animals from various dilemmas, which include getting caught with one of the show's recurring villains, who include rival inventor Zach Varmitech, fashion designer Donita Donata and her henchman, Dabio, and Chef Gourmand; rebuilding habitats; or if they are young, reuniting them with their families. The Wild Kratts also occasionally enlist children called "Wild Kratts kids," who help the Wild Kratts from their homes however they can.
The Wild Kratts use futuristic and science fiction-like equipment on their adventures. The most prominent are the Creature Power Suits, vests created by Aviva that allow a user to materialize a suit (called a Creature Power Suit or simply a Creature Power) that has a certain creature's characteristics and abilities, and sometimes its behavior. To materialize, or activate, a suit, a disc (called a Creature Power Disc) with preprogrammed features and an actual DNA sample from the corresponding creature are needed.
- Main article: List of Wild Kratts episodes
|Title||Written by||Directed by||Original
|1||1||"Mom of a Croc"||Chris Kratt||Chris Kratt||January 3, 2011||April 5, 2011|
|The Kratt brothers try to show Aviva that crocodiles are not all about snapping jaws or ferociousness. They miniaturize and infiltrate a Nile crocodile nest chamber, and for several weeks they battle various crocodile egg predators, during which they see how a crocodile protects its eggs while showing Aviva that crocodile moms can be very loving and protective of their hatchlings.|
|2||2||"Whale of a Squid"||Martin Kratt||Martin Kratt||January 3, 2011||April 5, 2011|
|While testing Aviva's latest invention, the Amphi-Sub, the Kratt brothers meet a mother sperm whale and her calf (named Bumper by Martin). They soon find themselves entangled in a battle between the sperm whale mother and a giant squid. However, due to water pressure and the damage of the still-continuing fight, the Amphi-Sub shuts down, but is saved, along with the Kratt brothers before they are crushed. Now, with their newly made Sperm Whale and Squid Creature Power Suits, they return to the ocean depths, where the battle soon becomes a rescue mission to save the mother sperm whale and her calf.|
|3||3||"Aardvark Town"||Chris Kratt||Chris Kratt||January 5, 2011||April 5, 2011|
|The Kratt brothers are in the African savanna, creating a digital map of the animal burrows in the region, when they stumble upon an aardvark and its baby. After the mother fights off a hyena and the Kratt brothers flee the scene, they find out that the baby aardvark has stowed away in Chris's backpack. The Kratt brothers decide to find a way to reunite it with its mother. But after searching in several burrows, the Kratt brothers find out that the aardvark's mother and other burrow-dwelling animals have been kidnapped by inventor Zach Varmitech, who plans to use the aardvark to dig a pool.|
|4||4||"Flight of the Draco"||Martin Kratt||Martin Kratt||January 6, 2011||April 5, 2011|
|While traveling across the canopy of the Indonesian rain forest to find Draco lizards, Chris plunges into a mud puddle from the tree tops while showing off his climbing skills to Martin. He develops a fear of heights and climbing, so Martin decides to continue the search alone. But then, fashion designer Donita Donata and her henchman, Dabio, capture countless Draco lizards — and Martin, by accident — in order to create a line of Draco-themed fashions.|
|5||5||"Mystery of the Squirmy Wormy"||Chris Kratt & Martin Kratt||Chris Kratt & Martin Kratt||January 7, 2011||April 5, 2011|
|The Kratt brothers are frolicking under the rain in a park, when Jimmy teleports them Aviva's newest invention – the Miniaturizer, a device that can shrink them so they can venture directly with tiny creatures. After meeting some earthworms, the Kratt brothers decide to use it to find out why earthworms come up to surface after a rainstorm. They then spend the day with an earthworm they named Pinkie and familiarize themselves with the everyday life of a worm.|
|6||6||"Platypus Cafe"||Chris Kratt||Chris Kratt||January 10, 2011||April 5, 2011|
|While kayaking down an Australian river, Chris and Martin find a duck-billed platypus. They follow it to its den by the side of the river and find out that she is an expecting mother. However, Chef Gourmand floods the platypus' den, kidnaps Chris, and scoops up the platypus' eggs, the latter in which he plans on making into an omelet. The Wild Kratts then get to work on a Platypus Creature Power Suit to stop Gourmand by finding out the platypus' "sixth sense".|
|7||7||"Polar Bears Don't Dance"||Eva Almos||Luc Chamberland||January 12, 2011||TBA|
|The Kratt brothers are watching a polar bear hunt walruses, when Zach Varmitech kidnaps the polar bear's cub and a walrus calf, in which he plans to get them to dance for a show he is planning for an audience. To save them, Chris activates his Walrus Creature Power Suit and Martin follows the polar bear mother as it runs off to save its cub. They manage to save the cub and the calf, but Zach believes that a fight would be more entertaining than a dance, so he kidnaps the mothers. The Kratt brothers eventually find out and rush to rescue the mothers and reunite them with their young.|
|8||8||"Build It Beaver"||Chris Kratt||Chris Kratt||January 13, 2011||April 5, 2011|
|The Kratt brothers fall onto a beaver lodge after an unsuccessful testing of a "parachute canoe". They are just about to leave when Chris finds out that the beavers that made the lodge have integrated his favorite paddle into their dam. Chris removes it, causing the whole dam to burst and the beaver pond to drain. Feeling guilty, Chris, Martin, the other Wild Kratts members, and a boy named Aidan volunteer to help rebuild the dam and to keep its inhabitants in good condition.|
|9||9||"Voyage of the Butterflier XT"||Chris Kratt||Chris Kratt||January 17, 2011||April 5, 2011|
|Using a monarch butterfly-themed adventure vehicle called the Butterflier XT, the Kratt brothers follow a monarch butterfly on its several-thousand mile migration from upper North America to Mexico. However, the journey is complicated when fashion designer Donita Donata and her henchman, Dabio, attempt to capture as many monarch butterflies as they can in order to make butterfly barrettes.|
|10||10||"Honey Seekers"||Martin Kratt||Martin Kratt||January 19, 2011||April 5, 2011|
|The Kratt brothers are in Africa, searching for the continent's "roughest, toughest predator", when Koki and Aviva find out that Chef Gourmand has invited and will be serving a "mystery animal" to Zach Varmitech. The Kratt brothers then get moving to find out what the animal is and to stop Gourmand. Their search leads them to the African honey badger, an animal with a ferocious personality.|
|11||11||"Bass Class"||Martin Kratt||Martin Kratt||January 20, 2011||April 5, 2011|
|Chris and Martin Kratt meet a boy named Gavin while searching for bass in a lake. Gavin tells them that he is practicing fishing for bass. Zach Varmitech finds out, and he arrives at the docks and initiates a fishing competition. The winner is the one whose bass he catches weigh the most. However, Zach, desperate to win the competition, refuses to play by the rules.|
|12||12||"Fireflies"||Chris Roy||Martin Kratt||January 24, 2011||TBA|
|The Wild Kratts are all hyped about fireflies because they are having a firefly-themed picnic. However, the event turns into a "creature rescue" when fashion designer Donita Donata captures vast amounts of fireflies to use in a dress.|
|13||13||"Mystery of the Weird Looking Walrus"||Eva Almos||Chris Kratt||January 27, 2011||TBA|
|The Kratt brothers observe a herd of walruses in the Bearing Sea to find out why walruses look the way they do. They soon discover that inventor Zach Varmitech has stolen a pearl called the Arctic Pearl from a museum and has persuaded fashion designer Donita Donata to help him find pearls in the Bearing Sea so he can make money, and to the benefit of Donita, she can make pearl-themed fashions.|
|14||14||"Tazzy Chris"||Eva Almos||Chris Kratt||January 31, 2011||TBA|
|The Kratt brothers are in Tasmania, tagging Tasmanian devils so they can track them and potentially save them from extinction. After Zach Varmitech finds out, he heads to Tasmania to collect devils to use in his new security robots so he can scare away children.|
|15||15||"Octopus Wildkratticus"||Eva Almos||Chris Kratt||February 3, 2011||April 14, 2015|
|The Kratt brothers are using Aviva's Manta Riders (manta ray-themed watercraft) like wake boards. Martin decides to show off his "Manta-boarding" moves to Aviva, when he accidentally launches himself up into the air and snags a clothesline with the Creature Power Suits hanging on it, causing the Suits to fall into the water. Aviva, desperate to retrieve the Suits, dives down along with the Kratt brothers in her newest transport – the Octopod, an octopus-themed submersible. Meanwhile, a giant Pacific octopus (named Seven by Martin) finds the Suits, slips into them, and over the course of a few activations, he turns into a viscous sea monster.|
|16||16||"Walk on the Wetside"||Eva Almos||Martin Kratt||February 21, 2011||July 10, 2012|
|The Wild Kratts are in Costa Rica, finding out how basilisk lizards are able to run across the surface of water. Unbeknownst to them, fashion designer Donita Donata and her henchman, Dabio, are hacking their communications, and when Donita finds out about the lizard, she flies to Costa Rica to get her hands on one to use as a hat for an upcoming fashion competition in Paris.|
|17||17||"Elephant in the Room"||Eva Almos||Chris Kratt||February 22, 2011||TBA|
|The Kratt brothers find a lone elephant calf in the African savanna, which Martin names Thornsley because of a thorn in its foot. They bring Thornsley back to the Tortuga, only to find out that elephants are powerful animals that can be hard to control.|
|18||18||"Let the Rhinos Roll!"||Eva Almos||Martin Kratt||March 28, 2011||TBA|
|After a suspicious rhino stampede, the Kratt brothers find a rhino calf which Martin names Nubs. Martin takes Nubs back to the Tortuga HQ while Chris investigates the source of the stampede. He soon discovers that inventor Zach Varmitech is behind this irregular rhino activity and is using rhinos as bulldozers to plow down the African savanna in order to build a parking lot.|
|19||19||"Kickin' It With the Roos"||Eva Almos||Chris Kratt||April 21, 2011||TBA|
|A kangaroo joey takes the keys of the Createrra, the Kratt brothers' off-road vehicle. The Kratt brothers jump into the life of a kangaroo in order to take the keys back from it.|
|20||20||"The Blue and the Gray"||Martin Kratt||Martin Kratt||April 22, 2011||TBA|
|Chris and Martin Kratt challenge each other to a contest to see which animal, gray squirrels or blue jays, is the better acorn planter. Chris activates his Squirrel Creature Power Suit while Martin activates Blue Jay Powers. However, the contest turns into a rescue mission when a blue jay pecks the activation button on Martin's Suit, causing him to transform into an acorn and to grow into an oak tree.|
|21||21||"Falcon City"||Martin Kratt||Martin Kratt||May 11, 2011||June 23, 2015|
|Aviva is working on Peregrine Falcon Discs, when Jimmy Z takes the Wild Kratts to a city where there are pigeons – a potential prey for peregrine falcons.|
|22||22||"Koala Balloon"||Eva Almos||Martin Kratt||July 11, 2011||TBA|
|The Kratt brothers believe they can survive in the Australian Outback without any of Aviva's technology, including Creature Pods. They parachute from the Tortuga, while the rest of the crew waits for them in a eucalyptus forest where they plan on observing koalas. Meanwhile, Zach Varmitech attaches a koala by balloons and throws it off his plane. Soon after, Chris and Martin see the koala and help it land, and they are determined to take the koala back to eucalyptus forest where it belongs. However, because the koala is not in its original habitat, they find it difficult to keep it alive and get it safely back.|
|23||23||"Cheetah Racer"||Martin Kratt||Martin Kratt||September 2, 2011||June 23, 2015|
|Aviva is determined to build a vehicle that will outrace a cheetah on the African savanna. Zach Varmitech finds out and challenges her to a race.|
|24||24||"Kerhonk"||Chris Kratt||Chris Kratt||December 30, 2011||TBA|
|While trying to find out what is making a mysterious sound, the Kratt brothers stumble upon a proboscis monkey troop, and after they bump into each other, the leader of the troop activates their Creature Power Suits and pushes them into the mud. But when the leader injures itself while saving one of its members from being eaten by a gharial crocodile, Martin finds himself as the new leader of its troop.|
|25||25||"Mimic"||Martin Kratt||Martin Kratt||October 18, 2011||March 20, 2012|
|The Kratt brothers meet Blur, a cheetah they met in a previous adventure. They also find out that Blur has a cub. But when Donita Donata and Dabio net Blur, Martin watches over the cub while Chris rescues Blur from Donita.|
|26||26||"Caracal-Minton"||Martin Kratt||Martin Kratt||April 2, 2012||TBA|
|A caracal leaps into the air and snatches Aviva's birdie while the Wild Kratts are playing badminton. Aviva breaks down into tears, but the Kratt brothers assure her that they will find the caracal and retrieve the birdie.|
|27||27||"Zig-Zagged"||Eva Almos||Chris Kratt||May 14, 2012||TBA|
|Jimmy's not-so-graceful landing of the Tortuga scares a herd of zebra away, leaving behind a zebra foal. The Kratt brothers are determined to reunite it with its mom. As they go through the trouble to do so, Aviva becomes inspired to make African savanna-themed crew jackets for the team.|
|28||28||"A Huge Orange Problem"||Martin Kratt||Martin Kratt||June 4, 2012||July 10, 2012|
|While the Kratt brothers are off searching for orangutans, Aviva, Koki and Jimmy Z get sore arms after getting carried away swinging on vines. The brothers attempt to rush back with the first-aid kit but a male orangutan keeps tossing them back into the forest. Meanwhile, Zach Varmitech sends his Zachbots to cut down the trees of the Bornean rainforest so he can find black wood to build a side table.|
|29||29||"Seasquatch"||Chris Roy||Martin Kratt||October 22, 2012||TBA|
|Martin accidentally knocks Jimmy Z's controller into the water, so the Kratt brothers head down to the bottom of the ocean retrieve it. On the way they encounter a strange array of creatures that dwell at the bottom, one of which is the yeti crab.|
|30||30||"The Food Chain Game"||Chris Kratt||Chris Kratt||January 16, 2012||TBA|
|Aviva wants to build a food web of the African savanna, so she devises a game for the Kratt brothers. They will each start out as a blade of grass (after activating their Creature Power Suits) and move up the food web from there by touching creatures that pass by them.|
|31||31||"Masked Bandits"||Chris Roy||Chris Kratt||October 25, 2011||TBA|
|While the Kratt brothers think about a Creature Power Suit they want to use as a costume for a costume party they and the other Wild Kratts are planning, the rest of the crew notice unusual things going on in the Tortuga. When the Kratt brothers come back and hear about this, they get excited, thinking that this was caused by a creature. After gathering some useful and not-so-useful evidence, they discover a family of raccoons and their mother, who was enlarged by the Miniaturizer.|
|32||32||"Flight of the Pollinators"||Chris Kratt||Chris Kratt||March 30, 2012||TBA|
|A miniaturized Chris gets stuck on a honey bee while trying to get some footage of it. As the rest of the crew try to find him, Chris learns about the relationship between pollinators and flowers.|
|33||33||"The Gecko Effect"||Martin Kratt||Martin Kratt||October 23, 2012||TBA|
|The Kratt brothers wonder why a gecko is able to walk on glass surfaces. They gather the crew and mini-size themselves in order to get a closer look at the gecko's ability, but Zach Varmitech sees this as an opportunity to sneak into the Tortuga HQ to steal the Wild Kratts' inventions.|
|34||34||"Little Howler"||Martin Kratt||Martin Kratt||October 19, 2011||March 20, 2012|
|After he and his brother, Chris, run back to the Tortuga exhausted, Martin finds a wolf pup in his backpack. The Kratt brothers recall their adventure in order to find out how the wolf pup ended up in Martin's backpack while they and the rest of the crew devise a way to return it back to its pack.|
|35||35||"Quillber's Birthday Present"||Chris Kratt||Chris Kratt||October 25, 2012||TBA|
|While looking for a birthday present for Aviva on the African savanna, the Kratt brothers stumble upon an African crested porcupine. They follow it to its den, hoping to find some shed quills that could be used as part of a necklace.|
|36||36||"A Bat in the Brownies"||Martin Kratt||Martin Kratt||October 24, 2011||TBA|
|The Wild Kratts find a little brown bat on a plate of Jimmy Z's brownies. Although their teammates are freaked out by this encounter, Martin and Chris try to convince them that bats, which include little brown bats, are nothing to be afraid of.|
|37||37||"Stuck on Sharks"||Chris Kratt||Chris Kratt||October 17, 2011||March 20, 2012|
|The Kratt brothers find a remora, which inspires Aviva to make a remora-shaped submarine, and the Kratt brothers use it to follow the remora, and later a great white shark. As they travel with the shark, they learn about its relationships with other sea animals, and the challenges it faces. Meanwhile, Chef Gourmand is searching for a great white shark and wants to use its fins for shark fin soup.|
|38||38||"Birds of a Feather"||Eva Almos||Chris Kratt||September 7, 2012||July 10, 2012|
|The Kratt brothers skydive down to New Guinea to witness the mating dances of the birds of paradise. The crew then show off their dances, all except for Aviva, who says that dancing is not her thing. But the Kratt brothers are confident that she can, and they think that the birds of paradise are the best inspiration for her. When they come up to the Lawes's parotia, Aviva finally decides to give dancing a try, but she and a few parotias get captured by fashion designer Donita Donata's henchman, Dabio, for Donita so she can make a gown made of the feathers of the birds of paradise.|
|39||39||"Googly Eye: The Night Guru"||Chris Kratt||Chris Kratt||October 24, 2012||July 10, 2012|
|The Kratt brothers borrow Aviva's new night-vision goggles before they are finished because their headlamps died out while they were pursuing a tarsier. But not long after spending time with a tarsier troop, the goggles fail. Without any real sources of light and their Creature Pods, the Kratt brothers decide to learn how the nocturnal tarsier is able to see in the dark so they can return to the Tortuga.|
|40||40||"Raptor Round Up"||Martin Kratt||Martin Kratt||October 20, 2011||March 20, 2012|
|Koki does not believe that Martin can identify raptors just by their movements in the sky, so Martin, and eventually the rest of the crew, get the idea to identify raptors in person. But when they discover that Chef Gourmand is capturing raptors to find out which bird would make the tastiest dish, the Wild Kratts crew goes on a rescue mission to get all the raptors he had captured back to their native habitats.|
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