Meet The Characters
Our Zag the Zonkey & Friends are a diverse and inclusive character group. Their differences are celebrated🎉. Our stories are often about them learning to love💗 themselves for how they are uniquely made, while learning to love💗 and respect others for their individuality. Each of them has superhero🦸♂ character qualities that contribute to the greater good of their species and aid them in overcoming challenges and building resiliency. These qualities might be work ethic, humility, sense of humor, optimism, wisdom, resourcefulness, trustworthiness, among others. Learn🧐 more about the characters below👇.
Zag the Zonkey
Zag is a young zonkey (half zebra🦓, half donkey). As a zonkey, Zag hears a lot of comments by young zebras🦓 who make fun😂 of his long ears👂, buck teeth🦷, and skinny legs🦵. Sometimes they comment on the fact that he has a donkey dad and zebra🦓 mom. He doesn't look like the other zebras🦓, but Zomma and Zadda always tell him he is unique and that he can offer something special to the herd that no one else can. He has a unique stripe pattern that when united with other zebras🦓 unique patterns, helps fight off outside predators🦁. He often thinks about how he can remain a true herdmate. His superhero🦸♂️ character strength💪 is his ability to be empathetic. He has great intuition and sense for what others might feeling and thinking which greatly impacts collaboration and herd chemistry for the better👍.
Zig is the youngest member of the Zonkey family. Like Zag, she is half zebra🦓 and half donkey. She is spunky but insecure about her looks. She wants the other zebras🦓 to like💗 her. She too faces the challenge of having physical traits that make her different from her zebra🦓 friends. All of her zebra🦓 classmates have perfect teeth🦷 and shorter black and white ears👂. However, Zig is very smart🤓 and agile. She can easily outrun🏃♀️ predators🦁, and she teases😤 the hyenas with her speed and change of direction. Zig is young but tries to do things on her own. Zomma and Zadda always remind Zig to be proud of how she looks and more importantly be proud of the person she is. Zig’s superhero🦸♂️ character strength💪 is that she is resourceful.
Zomma is a committed zebra🦓 Mom. She spends her day managing her zebra🦓 work. This includes harvesting her special grass🌿 she patented while also watching over her sweet Zonkey children, Zig and Zag. Zomma is a purebred zebra🦓 and is married to Zadda who is a donkey. She met Zadda at Serengeti University while pursuing her Ph.D in Agrostology. She understands her children are “different” and encourages them to be proud of who they are. She tells them that they each have strengths and to be themselves and always treat others kindly (as they would want to be treated). Every day, Zomma tries to balance the desire to give her children the freedom to roam the grasslands and learn how to function on their own, while also understanding that poor decisions will lead to natural consequences that could cost them their life. She is a loving💗, listening👂, positive, encouraging, and disciplined Zomma who is committed to #herdwork. Her superhero🦸♂️ character strength💪 is her determination.
Zadda is a purebred donkey. He is married to Zomma, a loving💗, kind zebra🦓, who he met at Serengeti University. They have two zonkey children, Zig and Zag. The elder zebras🦓 laughed🤣at Zadda when he entered the Zebra🦓 herd because he didn’t look like everyone else. The other zebras🦓 would laugh🤣 and talk about the Zonkey family behind their back. Zadda never talked badly about the other zebra🦓 families though, and he spent time getting to know each zebra🦓 in the herd. Over time the other zebra🦓s started to look past his donkey looks and accepted💗 him into the herd. Zadda thinks it is important for Zig and Zag to see him committed to #herdwork so he spends much of his time during the day helping the herd. He is always looking for opportunities to play with his zonkey children and to teach them good herd lessons. His superhero🦸♂️ character strength💪 is his wisdom.
Zanny is Zomma’s Mom. She lives with Zadda, Zomma, Zig, and Zag. Zebras🦓 in general have very good hearing👂 and eyesight👀 and Zanny is no exception. She has been instrumental in helping the herd to survive. As the herd sleeps😴 standing up, she uses her keen senses to warn the herd of dangerous predators🦁 approaching. Zanny NEVER seems to sleep😴 and the herd is thankful🙏 for that! Zanny talks to her Zonkey family about how they may have different physical traits than the other zebras🦓, but they each have strengths💪 that they can bring to the herd. She encourages them to focus on those strengths💪 and be proud of who they are. No two zebras🦓 have the same stripe pattern and that is what allows them to fight off predators like hyenas and lions🦁. Zanny’s superhero🦸♂️ character trait is her sense of right and wrong and demanding truth.
Rodo is a rhino🦏 without a horn. Rodo lost his horn and lost his Dad and sister to poachers who wanted their horns to sell. Rodo is one of the largest of Zag’s friends. By the time he is an adult, he’ll probably weigh 1000lbs. In Serengeti Elementary School, Rodo has to work very hard to complete his school🏫 work. Rodo may not be as smart🤓 as the other Serengeti animals, but he is very loving💗 and is great at games. He spends a lot of time with Zag, Zig, Rafa and at times Lito. He is beloved💗 by his friends and they take care of him since it is just him and his mom. His superhero🦸♂️ character strength💪 is his work ethic.
Lito is a young lion🦁 who was born without a tail. He is learning from his lion🦁 pride how to hunt for prey, including zebras🦓. He is not always included in the lion🦁 pride fun because he is different from the other lion cubs. He doesn’t run🏃♀️ as fast because he is always thinking about how he looks👀 without the long distinct tail his fellow lions🦁 have. When the rest of the lion🦁 pride teases😤 and chases the zebras🦓, he doesn’t feel comfortable joining in because of his own looks. He has met Zag and Rodo and they have all talked about how they are all different in their own way. He is very humble and willing to laugh😂 at himself. Rodo and Zag hope they can convince Lito to discourage his lion🦁 pride from chasing the zebras🦓 and focus on the impala or wildebeest. Lito’s superhero character strength is his sense of humor.
Rafa is a no neck giraffe🦒. She is the only giraffe🦒 in the Serengeti she knows of without a neck. She, just like Zig, has been laughed😂 at for not looking like her fellow giraffe🦒 friends. She and Zig have a very good friendship and always stick🤼♂️ up for one another. Rafa loves💗 studying🧐 with Zig and wants to start a grass🌿 harvesting company one day, so the zebra🦓 herd and her future giraffe🦒 family will not have to travel so far to find food🍗. She is driven and most of her giraffe🦒 friends get annoyed that Rafa is always wanting to study🧐 or work. Zig admires Rafa’s work ethic and drive. Zanny thinks Rafa is going to live a very long time because she’s always working and studying to make life better for her friends and family. Rafa’s superhero🦸♂️ character trait is her curiosity and desire to learn🧐.
Sami is a young spricket who lives in a damp basement in New Jersey, USA. She looks like she is part spider🕷 and cricket🦗. Sprickets are known for their jumping, but Sami was born without the ability to jump. She has an adventurous spirit and dreams of travelling🛫 the world🌎. Because of her inner explorer👩🚀, she tends to become impatient and frustrated😩 with her lack of ability to do everything she wants to do. Her mother always encourages her to be patient and assures her opportunities will come when they are supposed to. One day, Sami gets taken in a suitcase💼 by mistake on a trip🛫 to Africa where she meets Zag, the zonkey family, and their friends. Along the way she discovers the importance of her mother's message and makes new friends who show her kindness💗 despite her slimy appearance😬. She is always ready for another adventure! Her superhero🦸♂️ character strength💪 is her adventurous spirit.