Zoboomafoo Lemur Jovian Dead at 20; Co-Star Remembers Him as 'Gentle'

Zoboomafoo Lemur Dead

Someone in lemur heaven is getting a fantastic nature lesson right now, that’s for sure.

Jovian, the lemur who starred as Zoboo on PBS’ hit nature series Zoboomafoo, died Monday at the age of 20, the network has confirmed. From 1999 to 2001, Jovian yucked it up opposite Zoboomafoo hosts (and real-life brothers) Chris and Martin Kratt.

“He was very social and calm,” Martin Kratt says of his former co-star. “He was young and good-looking and very gentle.”

According to the Duke Lemur Center, which Jovian called home, the star is survived by partner Pia and brother Julian, as well as seven children and four grandchildren.

If you’re not familiar with Jovian’s work on Zoboomafoo — or if you’re a longtime fan feeling nostalgic — check out a video from the show below, then drop a comment with kind words for Jovian’s family.

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122 Comments
  1. Cornelius says:

    :( the memories are all coming back.

  2. Tonya Howard (@OhMyPele) says:

    MY CHILDHOOD!! NO!!!

    • Sylvia says:

      Zoboomafoo was a big part of my childhood and one of my favorite shows ( I used to marvel at the fact we were the same age and bounce around like a lemur) Rest in peace Jovian.

  3. Famin says:

    Rest in peace, Jovian. Thank you for many years of laughter. You’ll always be leaping in our hearts. My thoughts are with your daughter Charlotte and your Duke family.

  4. Sean says:

    Noooo! I loved Zoboomafoo as a child.

  5. Mark Trezise says:

    The Kratt Brothers will really miss him.

  6. imikemarker says:

    My sister and I loved Zoboomafoo! RIP Jovian. <3

  7. Meaghan says:

    Ok, so I was a teenager when this was big. NOW my kids watch the Kratt brothers on PBS and we love to laugh and learn together. God’s peace Zoboo (Jovian). You led so many of us into a new appreciation for the preservation of our Earth!

  8. lizo says:

    thank you tvline for covering this! ZOBOOMAFOOOOOOO

  9. Daya says:

    I never watched, but this was certainly a lovely article. :)

    (I stopped by to see how long lemurs generally live–University of Wisconsin at Madison says they generally live 16-19 years in the wild, for anyone curious.)

  10. Caylee says:

    Zoboomafoo was my favorite show growing up. I was (and still am) able to sing the whole intro. RIP Jovian. You will be missed by all. Keep leaping! <3

  11. schu says:

    Ah completely forgot about this show, but cherished it so as a child! Glad you reminded me of fond memories, kids today don’t know what was good, yes even just over a decade ago. RIP Jovian

  12. Jessi says:

    Grew up watching Zoboomafoo along with millions of other kids when we were all little. Even though it wasn’t your voice, I will always remember you burping after only one bite of fruit (lol) and squealing as you leapt. RIP Jovian! (Zoboo)

  13. Alexa says:

    I cannot get over this. My condolences to jovians family! Rip Jovian. You made my childhood what it was! I can’t believe this! I am truly heartbroken. You will be missed, thank you for the amazing childhood filled with laughter.

  14. Lily says:

    Zobomofoo was one of my favorite shows growing up, and I have many fond memories of watching the show. Rest in peace Jovian. I hope lemur heaven has lots of places to leap.

  15. Ariadnne says:

    R.I.P im so sad dude wtf :'( i loved that little lemur

  16. soyeon says:

    the memories… omg.. rest in peace

  17. Rebecca says:

    Rest in peace sweet “weeping wemur” which is how my youngest said “leaping lemur” every time he watched you. Our whole family has learned so much from zooboomafoo – 2 dvd’s on the shelf right now, favorite checkouts from the library still!

  18. Robynne Thiele says:

    I spent many an hour with my children watching Jovian on Zoboomafoo. Very sad to hear of the passing of such a gentle soul. I know he’s bringing smiles & wisdom to those on the other side.
    Deepest condolences.
    ♡♡♡

  19. Judi Walley says:

    So sad! He was my daughter’s favorite (the only show she would watch – cartoons were too childish for her!) She developed a life-long love of animals from this show and even wrote her college essay on her love of Pit Bulls. Rest in peace and job well done

  20. B Chavez says:

    So sad. I loved watching this show when I was younger. And he was sooo cute!

  21. CJ says:

    Man I missed this show. He will always be Zoboo to me, but I hope Jovian gets to rest peacefully. (I’m sure he will.)

  22. eric says:

    I loved this show as a kid and I’m gonna miss jovain. Have a nice Nap. Cuz you will always be alive in our hearts

  23. alicia pommenville says:

    feel like a piece of my childhood has been torn in million pieces i loved zomboomafoo as a kid was sad to hear it ended just like im sad to hear my fav lemur passed im 21 he was not too far behind r.i.p lil buddy teach all the lemurs all u learned here luv u 4eva #boomer4eva

  24. Lkd127 says:

    I adored Zoboomafoo! When my daughters were young, we watched it continually. RIP Jovian. You brought much laughter to our house…

  25. Keenan says:

    Deeply saddening. This was my childhood and this lemur was so special and a wonderful host. Great television. Rest in peace jovian

  26. Harold Fuller says:

    Fifty years from now, everyone will remember exactly where they were when they learned that Jovian had died…

  27. Julie says:

    One of the best educational and fun shows that I enjoyed watching with my kids!

  28. Aileen Garcia says:

    R.I.P little buddy! You will sure be missed!

  29. lena1319 says:

    R.I.P to one of my favorite childhood characters I love this show so much I wish it was still around today! Thank you for the memories. I love you Zoboomafoo!

  30. Tom Fay says:

    Thor will be 18 in a few months. So many fond memories watching Zoboo’s antics with my baby back in the day. I am sad.

  31. Rohan Madhok says:

    I loved this show and i am truly sad that jovian passed away. LOVED him so much !

  32. Elizabeth Ann says:

    I Remember watching this show in kinder garden, we would always eat our snack and this would be on the tv….Rest in peace Jovian. <3 You warmed the hearts of many children.

  33. James Roberts says:

    So sad. I remember watching him when I was just a young lad.. Such good memories of home and my parents.. Growing up sucks.

  34. Teresa says:

    Aww I remember watching this shoe when I was little… I loved it..May he watch above us in HEAVEN!!!

  35. Donna says:

    Loved that show!

  36. mack says:

    i’m in college and haven’t thought about this show in years. this was the best. :(

  37. ingrid says:

    Sad to hear he’s gone. He is quite the superstar in our house. We’ll be hitting Netflix to watch more Zobomafoo.

  38. bryn says:

    I’m so sad zamboomafoo is dead. He’s a great lemur. Hope his family stays healthy.

  39. Rest In Peace Jovian you brought many laughts to my childhood :'( Thank You.

  40. Sarah says:

    Thanks for all the childhood memories lil guy!

  41. Megan says:

    No :( This little guy was a huge part of my childhood. He will always be remembered and I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for him. I’ll miss you!

  42. heather laing says:

    such a cute animal. I used to watch the show a lot to.

  43. Koolkatz says:

    Ahhh, what a sweet guy.

  44. Yaniv Eizenshtein says:

    Zoboomafoo was a wonderful show to grow up with. Even though Jovian was only a small part of the show, he still made it possible to have the wonderful show as it was. I’ll always remember Zoboomafoo and the usual seen in which Jovian was a part of. Rest in peace, Jovian.

  45. Barbie says:

    Jovian, Thank you for all the laughter, fun and teaching you gave to my daughters and myself. Zoboomafoo was (is) our favorite tv show! Much love to your family !

  46. Amy says:

    My daughter & I loved this show. Sad news .

  47. Adam Bershad says:

    RIP. Loved thag show

  48. I loved watching him on Zaboomafoo. He will be missed. Take good care of his family for him Duke University.

  49. Della Hicks says:

    So sad to read that Zoboo has passed away. Our 15 year old son loved Zoboomafoo when he was young, we watched it every day!
    Always difficult when a furry family member passes, my heart goes out to all those that loved and cared for Zoboo(Jovian).

  50. 1angel75 says:

    RIP Zoboomafoo! I used to watch you growing up and with my son who is now 15.