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“Tenrec Treasure Hunt” is the 22nd episode of Season 3 of Wild Kratts, originally airing on PBS Kids on July 8, 2015. Overall it is the 88th episode of the series. The episode was written and directed by Chris Kratt.
In this episode, the Wild Kratts wake up to find Chris missing, and instead find a message from Chris. Chris tells them that he has been setting up a treasure hunt for them and has set clues around Madagascar. To complete the hunt, the crew has to find a total of 5 tenrecs, rodent-like animals that inhabit Madagascar.
The episode begins with a live-action segment. The Kratt brothers are in Madagascar. They watch as a ring-tailed mongoose searches for rodent-link animals called tenrecs. Afterward, they ask their “What if?” question, and the show transitions into the cartoon segment.
Martin wakes up the Wild Kratts crew while trying to find Chris. Suddenly a messaging orb beeps and projects a holographic image of Chris. Chris tells the Wild Kratts crew that he has been preparing a treasure hunt involving rodent-like Madagascan animals called tenrecs. To complete the treasure hunt they have to find five species of tenrec. After Chris tells them how to get to their first clue, the Wild Kratts zip-line down to the forest floor and find another messaging orb. A holographic Chris tells them to find a lemur “whose finger can point the way.” The Wild Kratts guess that the lemur is an aye-aye. They climb up a nearby tree and find Goblin holding an Aye-Aye Power Disc, which Martin uses to activate Aye Aye Power. Martin uses the power of the long middle finger to tap wood and finds a hedgehog tenrec in a log on the ground. After letting it go he also finds a messaging orb in the log. A holographic Chris gives them coordinates to a location, and once they reach there they need to “sit in the bucket’s mouth.” The instructions lead them to a catapult. The Wild Kratts sit in the bucket one at a time and are flung towards a net. They find a messaging orb hanging from a vine. A holographic Chris tells them to find an X and dig into the ground from there. The Wild Kratts find the Wormmobile on the center of the X and get in after miniaturizing. They burrow through to the dirt and enter a tunnel where they find a rice tenrec.
The Wild Kratts exit the tunnels and return to normal size. They find a flying machine and a messaging orb in its basket. A holographic Chris tells them to turn to the screw on the machine five times, which is enough to take someone to the “9th floor.” Martin gets into the machine and reaches the canopy where he finds a lesser long-tailed tenrec. Martin activates Sifaka Lemur Power and leaps fast enough to catch the skittish tenrec. After letting it go Martin finds a messaging orb on the branches. A holographic Chris tells them a riddle. The Wild Kratts guess that Chris wants them to go to a river. Once they reach the river, Chris appears and tells them that the tenrec is in a hollow log. Inside are streaked tenrecs. Martin names one of the young ones Pokey. Chris tells them that their next clue is hidden in leaf litter. The Wild Kratts miniaturize. However, a ring-tailed mongoose causes them to split up. Luckily the mother tenrec vibrates specialized quills on her back to call her family members back, all except for Pokey, who, along with Martin, fell into the river while trying to get away from the mongoose.
At night, everyone searches for Martin with the help of the mother tenrec. They find Martin and Pokey at the bank on another part of the river. Chris then tells Jimmy to play a clue the latter found while running away from the mongoose. A holographic Chris tells them that the final tenrec lives in a hole near the river bank. Martin finds the exact hole, and inside is a web-footed tenrec. This encounter completes the treasure hunt.
The show transitions into the concluding live action segment. The Kratt brothers search for tenrecs. Chris finds a hedgehog tenrec. Afterward, they conclude the episode by saying “Keep on creature adventuring; we’ll see you on the creature trail!”
Note: Featured animals are in bold.
- Lesser Hedgehog Tenrec (called Hedgehog tenrec): Spikeball
- Mole-like Rice Tenrec
- Lesser Long-tailed Shrew Tenrec (called Lesser long-tailed tenrec)
- Lowland Streaked Tenrec (called Streaked tenrec): Pokey, Mama Tenrec
- Web-footed Tenrec
- Aye-aye: Goblin
- Beetle grub (called Slug)
- Madagascar Hissing Cockroach (called Cockroach)
- Golden Bamboo Lemur
- Parson's Chameleon
- Ring-tailed Mongoose
- Earthworm (called Worm)
- Diademed Sifaka: Bing-Boing
Note: Mentioned animals are linked to Wikipedia.
Note: Live action animals are linked to Wikipedia.
- Large-eared tenrec
- Red-fronted lemur (called Red-fronted brown lemur)
- Malagasy ground boa (called Madagascar boa constrictor)
- Warty chameleon
- Koki says that she found a slug, but it was really a beetle larva.
Key Facts and Creature Moments
- Due to adaptive radiation, the tenrecs of Madagascar have evolved to fit many different niches filled by animals of other continents including hedgehogs, moles, shrews, and otters.
- Streaked tenrecs have a special set of spines in their quills that produce ultrasonic sounds when rubbed together.
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