Created byBrian Paterson
StarringTracey Moore
Brian Drummond
Matt Hill
Michelle Doake
Roslyn Oades
Sharon Millerchip
Katherine Cohn
Jamie Croft
Opening theme"Zigby" performed by Justine Clarke
Ending themeInstrumental version of "Zigby"
Country of originAustralia
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes52
Running time11 mins
Production companiesFlying Bark Productions
Avrill Stark Entertainment[1]
Big Animation
Original release
NetworkABC Kids (Australia)
Treehouse TV (Canada)
ZDF (Germany)
CBeebies (United Kingdom)
Release6 April 2009 (2009-04-06) –
19 March 2013 (2013-03-19)

Zigby the zebra is an anthropomorphic children's fictional character created by Scottish-born English author Brian Paterson.[2] Zigby appears in a series of picture books and board books as well as in a 3D-animated television adaptation. It aired on Treehouse TV from 2009 to 2011 (with repeats from 2013 to 2015) in Canada and it was previously aired on CBeebies in the UK from 2009 to 2014.

Zigby lives in a treehouse in Mudwater Creek, on a lush tropical island. In a typical book or episode, the enthusiastic zebra "trots into trouble" through his slightly eccentric behaviour. He is followed by his friends McMeer the meerkat and Bertie Bird the anxious guinea fowl.


The following picture books for ages approximately 2–5[3] were published by HarperCollins:

Four board books (Go-Kart, The Picnic, The Birthday Party, Toy Box) appeared in 2004 with the same publisher. As of early 2005, 350,000 copies had been sold in fifteen countries.[4]

Television adaptation

The development of an animated series based on the character was announced in 2005.[4] 52 3D-animated episodes of 11 minutes each were co-produced by companies in Australia, Singapore, and Canada.[5][6] It was also acquired by German ZDF,[6] BBC-owned CBeebies and by France 5[7] also Univision's Planeta U (dubbed in Spanish) in America. In Canada, it aired on Treehouse TV from February 23, 2009 to July 31, 2011 (with repeats from June 2013 to May 2015).[5] In the UK, it aired on CBeebies from 2009 to 2014. In Australia, it aired on ABC from March 25, 2009 to January 3, 2015.[5] The series specifically targets 4 to 5 year olds with a wider target audience of 3 to 6 year olds.[citation needed]



  1. ^ "Zigby". A Stark Production. Retrieved 6 December 2020.
  2. ^ "Brian Paterson". Harper Collins. Archived from the original on 6 March 2012.
  3. ^ "Four-legged friends lead the way in new books", The Herald-Mail, 9 July 2004
  4. ^ a b Ball, Ryan (17 February 2005), "Zigby to Earn Stripes from Yoram Gross-Em.TV", Animation Magazine.
  5. ^ a b c Grove, Chris (17 April 2007), "Popular Zigby Making International Move With Co-Prod", Animation Magazine
  6. ^ a b "Three New Shows For Germany's ZDF", AWN Headline News, 10 April 2008.
  7. ^ "France 5 acquires free TV rights to 3-D Animated Preschool Series 'Zigby'". License Magazine. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011.