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"And that's what our friend Hero the salmon taught us. Keep trying, no matter how hard it gets. It's the lesson we've learned on Hero's journey."
~Chris (source)

"Wild Kratts Alaska: Hero's Journey" is the 17th episode of Season 5 of the PBS Kids show Wild Kratts. It is the 133rd episode of the series overall. It premiered on July 24, 2017. This episode serves the 60 minute premiere for Season 5.


Aviva announces she's one step closer to fixing the Time Trampoline with the invention of a Time Thruster. But before they can check it out, it goes overboard and attaches onto a Sockeye Salmon who is in the middle of the "Salmon Run". The Wild Kratts team is led on a wild chase, as they follow the salmon on this incredible and difficult journey - both battling the odds like waterfalls and Grizzly Bears to reach their goals.





Note: Featured animals are in bold.

Live Action

Note: Live action animals are linked to Wikipedia.


  • When Aviva surprised Koki with her Wolf Power Suit, she called her "Little Girl Who Cried Wolf."
  • Fourth time an animal Martin named had died.
  • Both Hero and Maxilla go for a long journey, lay their eggs and died.

Key Facts and Creature Moments

  • Sockeye salmon make a long journey from the Pacific Ocean to their spawning grounds located in freshwater rivers. Only a small percentage of the salmon complete the migration.
  • Salmon will often have to make their way over waterfalls in order to complete their migration.
  • Man-made structures known as fish ladders have been added to the sides of dams that go through the rivers that salmon have to cross in order to help them get to their spawning grounds.
Wild Kratts episodes
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Season 1

"Mom of a Croc" • "Whale of a Squid" • "Aardvark Town" • "Flight of the Draco" • "Mystery of the Squirmy Wormy" • "Platypus Cafe" • "Polar Bears Don't Dance" • "Build It Beaver" • "Voyage of the Butterflier XT" • "Honey Seekers" • "Bass Class" • "Fireflies" • "Mystery of the Weird Looking Walrus" • "Tazzy Chris" • "Octopus Wildkratticus" • "Walk on the Wetside" • "Elephant in the Room" • "Let the Rhinos Roll!" • "Kickin' It With the Roos" • "The Blue and the Gray" • "Falcon City" • "Koala Balloon" • "Cheetah Racer" • "Kerhonk" • "Mimic" • "Caracal-Minton" • "Zig-Zagged" • "A Huge Orange Problem" • "Seasquatch" • "The Food Chain Game" • "Masked Bandits" • "Flight of the Pollinators" • "The Gecko Effect" • "Little Howler" • "Quillber's Birthday Present" • "A Bat in the Brownies" • "Stuck on Sharks" • "Birds of a Feather" • "Googly Eye: The Night Guru" • "Raptor Round Up"