Elizabeth Thornberry


Elizabeth "Eliza" Thornberry
Marianne (mother), Nigel (father), Debbie (sister), Donnie (brother)
Poachers, Debbie (occasionally)
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Last Appearance

Elizabeth Thornberry, commonly known as Eliza, is an 11-year-old girl who (unknown to most) gained the ability to speak with animals after an encounter with an African shaman. Eliza is portrayed as a geek by her extensive zoological knowledge and her glasses, braces and by occasionally standing pigeon-toed. She has freckles and long red-orange hair that is usually worn in pigtails like Pippi Longstocking, and occasionally a ponytail. She also has a companion-monkey (chimpanzee) like Pippi Longstocking; but instead of superhuman strength, Eliza has the "super-power" of being able to talk to animals. She almost always wears a yellow dress, though later in the series she sports other clothes.


Eliza is an eleven year old who is always ready for adventure. Her natural curiosity means she often leaps before she looks...with amusing results. She possesses the power to speak clearly to animals and understand their reactions.

Eliza Thornberry loves animals and exploring the wild jungles, deserts and forests that she travels to along with her family as they film their nature television show "Nigel Thornberry's Animal World" all around the world. What her family doesn't know is that she was given the ability to talk to every animal she meets by a shaman in Africa! Eliza's "Gift of Gab" is a secret. If anyone ever found out what she was able to do, she would lose her powers. It isn't easy for a young girl to keep such a big thing to herself, but luckily she has her best pal Darwin to confide in. Eliza has saved numerous animals from poachers, trappers, and other perilous situations, and never fails to make new friends, no matter what species they may be from.


Eliza almost always wears a yellow dress and a pair of brown boots. She has orange hair in pigtails and braces.


Eliza, being the main protagonist of the series, has appeared in every episode of The Wild Thornberrys. |Row 10 info = Age 11