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Nickelodeon to Launch Animal-Themed Series

Nickelodeon will turn to animal antics for its newest non-scripted series Zoofari, the network said Thursday. 

The 20-episode, clip-based series –- which premieres Feb. 5 -- will feature footage of animals from around the world, said network officials.

Zoofari, produced by Mobius.Lab Productions, will profile the lives of desert animals, dive into the underwater home of sea dwellers, and discover the unique physical characteristics of some the biggest and the smallest creatures in the world.

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