From Season 1 onward, in addition to Muppet and cartoon inserts, Sesame Street made extensive use of film footage of live animals. These films were often either accompanied by a purely orchestral score (usually by Joe Raposo), or occasionally turned into a narrative song, often "performed" by the animal itself through voice-over (see Songs for specific examples).

Picture Summary / EKA Animals
0001.AnimalPairs
Pairs of animals.
Episode 0001
Parrots, monkeys, tigers, geese, penguins, etc.
SSTS-21
A baby reindeer taking its first steps.
Episode 0003
Reindeer
Wombat
Four legs.
Episode 0008
Wombat from Australia
0573v
"Swinging Gibbons"
Episode 0009
Gibbons
2293o
Footage of various bird species (piano and whistling)
Episode 0019
zoo birds: hens, flamingos, pigeons, owls, ostriches, cockatoos, and others
Lemurs
Lemurs leap and play in a zoo cage.
Episode 0032
lemurs
Zooelephant
Parts of an elephant.
Episode 0034
Elephant
Apesatplay
Apes play at the zoo.
Episode 0045
gorillas
500025
Iguanas climb over each other.
Episode 0047
lizards (iguanas)
AnimalBabies
A mom and her son comment on a film of various animal babies and their moms.
Episode 0096
flamingo, cat, cow, lion, primates, marsupial, hippo, giraffe, swan
Film-AnimalMoves
Kids narrate a film of animals moving in different ways.
Episode 0098
gorilla, seal, crane, penguin, turtle, fox (red panda), hippopotamus, lizard, duck, elephant, ostrich, leopard/jaguar/cheetah, peacock, goat, monkey (orangutan), tiger, deer, kangaroo, chicken, rhinoceros, hyena, parrot, monkey (chimpanzee)
Raccoon
Comparing a boy's skin to animals' fur, feathers, skin, and other coverings.
Episode 0108
various animals
Film.nursingpigs
Baby pigs run in a field, and drink their mother's milk.
Episode 0169
Pigs
Song.ilovebeingapig
The snouts, tails and bodies of pigs, with a soundtrack of pigs squealing.
Episode 0179
Pigs
0573k
Sea Horse
Episode 0183
seahorse
Jerry-MonkeyFlips
Jerry Nelson counts 20 backflips performed by a monkey. (Another version features a female voice as the narrator).
Episode 0217
monkey
Lookatthepenguinstakinabath
Penguins take a bath.
Episode 0233
penguins
1957-Fish
A garfish swims around.
Episode 0254
garfish
Onelittlepenguin
A kid recites a poem about adding penguins.
Episode 0255
four penguins
BodyPartShoutOut
Body part shout-out
Episode 0264
primates, frog, dog, turtle, elephant, deer, rhino, hippo, starfish, ostrich, tiger, pigs, zebra, bear, orca, crocodile, kids
Gibbons
Gibbons make screeching noises.
Episode 0276
gibbons
Raposo.Dolphin
A dolphin walks backwards on the water.
Music: Joe Raposo
Episode 0278
Dolphin
1090-10
Peacock dance
Episode 0278
Peacock
BabyMonkey
A baby monkey
Episode 0280
baby monkey
Turtlefilm
A turtle walks slowly.
Episode 0281
turtle
100008
Prairie dog
Episode 0283
Prairie dog
Itsanotter
Maria says, "It's an otter!"
Episode 0284
Otter
RaposoFish
Fish swim around.
Episode 0284
fish
Film.greentreesnake
Green Tree Snake
Music: Joe Raposo
Episode 0285
Snake
SkeletonFish
Skeleton fish
Episode 0287
Skeleton fish
Andnowtheoctopus
Luis announces "And now, the octopus!"
Music: "Pomp and Circumstance"
Episode 0291
Octopus
1576-Bird
An osprey flies around.
Episode 0293
Osprey (hawk)
1272-Snake
Footage of a rattlesnake
Episode 0294
rattlesnake
Film.Babyturtle
Baby turtles swim around.
Episode 0294
baby turtles
1091-24
bird twosomes
Episode 0295
bird twosomes
Film-Walrus
The walrus
Episode 0296
walrus
Film-Baboon&Baby
A young baboon sits on the back of their parent as they cross the plain.
Music: Joe Raposo
Episode 0299
baboons
Lobstercrab
A lobster and a crab.
Episode 0317
lobster and crab
Pelicans
Swimming and flying pelicans.
Episode 0322
pelicans
Zebracloseup
Close-ups of animals. Kids try to guess what they are.
Episode 0326
zebra, giraffe, jaguar, elephant
3181-Elephants
Elephants in the zoo.
Episode 0337
elephant
Ostrichfilm
Ostriches walk and run. (piano music)
Episode 0339
Ostriches
2parrots
Kids identify pairs of animals in a zoo.
Episode 0364
Zebras, swans, fish, goats, prairie dogs, starfish, pigeons, deer, boars, orcas, parrots, elephants.
AnimalCamouflage
Animal camouflage with kid voiceovers.
Episode 0366
mountain goats, frog, lions, fish, leopard, prairie dog, polar bear
CamelsEating
A film of camels eating.
Episode 0388
camel
Film.Jackrabbit
jack rabbit
Episode 0390
jack rabbit
2682j
Lemurs rest on tree branches.
Episode 0390
lemurs
Warthogfilm
A running warthog.
Episode 0406
warthog
Butterflies
A film of butterflies
Episode 0406
butterflies
Lizardfilm
Lizard
Episode 0407
lizard
Film-MomRhino
A rhino and her baby
Episode 0408
rhinos
Film-LionsEating
A pride of lions feasts on an animal carcass.
Episode 0407
lions
Crocky
Crocodile
Episode 0410
crocodile
0573r
Counting six oryx
Episode 0410
oryx
Film.hippo
Music: Joe Raposo
Episode 0415
hippopotamus
Gemsbok.FastFaster
A gemsbok runs fast, then faster.
Episode 0416
gemsbok
Baldeagle
Kids narrate what a bald eagle sees when it flies over islands.
Episode 0424
bald eagle
2096o
A film insert of kittens playing, with child voiceovers in English and Spanish.
Episode 0429
kittens
2933-Woodpecker
Knock knock. Who's there? The woodpecker!
Episode 0437
woodpecker
1396s
A flock of flamingos.
Episode 0450
flamingos
1709q
David narrates some films showing the homes of animals.
Episode 0452
fox, woodpecker, quail, field mouse, badger, beaver, crabs.
2776FrogFilm
A male frog hops around and bulges his throat.
Episode 0469
frog
Film.Gazelle
A gazelle runs fast across a plain.
Episode 0478
gazelle
1449-Otter
Otters in the zoo
Episode 0487
otters
2623-Scuba
Kids compare animals and human tools and technology
Episode 0491
Ducks to boats, eagles to planes, etc.
Film-BabyEagle
Kids narrate a film of baby eagles getting fed.
Episode 0501
baby eagles
1836h
Music: Joe Raposo
Episode 0505
Road Runner
1091-28
Where the buffalo roam ... (instrumental: Home On The Range)
Episode 0510
buffalo
RattlesnakeFilm
sidewinder snake
Episode 0514
sidewinder snake
RaposoFight
Animals fight
Music: Joe Raposo
Episode 0567
Wildebeest, lions, monkeys, bear cubs, bulls, little kids
Animalsbathing
Animals and children bathe in water.
Music: Joe Raposo
Episode 0615
penguins, gorilla, tiger, sea lion, bear, hippo, kids
1845l
A baby chick hatches from an egg.
Episode 0716
Baby chick
ElkFeeding
Elk feeding
Episode 0793
elk
0926h
A giant panda.
Episode 0920
Panda
Itchy-Panda
Scratch an itch.
Episode 0931
Panda
1563o
Footage of birds swimming
Episode 0981
Flamingos, ducks, swans
1447-Whales
Kids narrate footage of whales.
Episode 1266
whales
Monkeysfilmpianomusic
Chimps running around (piano music)
Episode 2493
chimpanzees

Songs

Picture Summary / First Appearance Animals
Zoomonkey
"Funny Face"
Episode 0006
Monkeys
Song.prettybaby
"Pretty Baby"
Episode 0040
Rhinos
Somebodycomeandplay
"Somebody Come and Play"
Episode 0047
Orangutans
Sleepykoala
"Rockabye Baby"
Episode 0048
Koala
Raposo.Eating
"Eating"
Episode 0106
various animals
Song.WhatAreKidsCalled
"What Babies Are Called"
Episode 0116
various animals
SlidingPenguins
Kids count 20 penguins going down a slide.
Episode 0232
penguins
3978f
"Penguins Five"
Episode 0245
Penguins
Whaleteeth
"Whale Brushing Teeth"
Episode 0276
Whale
KangarooBlues
"Kangaroo Blues"
Episode 0277
Kangaroo
1800-26
"Starfish"
Episode 0280
Starfish
2096d
"Dressed Up"
Episode 0302
Birds
WhoYouLookinAtTiger
"Who You Looking At, Tiger?"
Episode 0371
Tiger
Prettyfish-refilm
"I'm Pretty"
Episode 0389
Fish
1709t
"Flying"
Episode 0394
Birds
There's a Bird on Me
"There's a Bird on Me"
Episode 0416
Birds, rhinoceros, giraffes, elephants, etc.
2125m
"I'm an Aardvark"
Episode 0425
Aardvark
Song.ilovebeingapig
"Pig's Love Song"
Live-action version: Episode 0572
Pigs
Film-TwoRhinos
"Me and You (Two Rhinos)"
Episode 0940
Rhinos
Iamamanatee
"I'm a Manatee"
Episode 3069
Manatee
TurtleSong
"The Turtle Song"
Episode 3677
Turtles

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