The Alphas were once ordinary animals, living in a distant land very different from Jamaa. They were recruited by Mira long ago to defend Jamaa from the first Phantom invasion, and ever since they have been exploring the farthest reaches of our world, tracking the Phantoms and freeing the animals that they imprisoned.
All of the Alphas have recently returned from their travels to help protect Jamaa from the mischievous Phantoms. They each have amazing abilities, but they can't defeat the Phantoms without YOUR help! Be sure to check out Adventures with your buddies to learn how to help the Alphas.
You can learn about your favorite Alpha below, or by visiting The Daily Explorer blog.
Liza, the Panda Alpha, is known to all of the animals of Jamaa. She was the one who welcomed you when you first arrived here! Liza helps all of the animals of Jamaa get started on their Adventures and explorations. Liza has always been a traveler and explorer too, so she understands the excitement of exploring a new land.
Greely may be the least understood of the Alpha animals protecting Jamaa. Solitary by nature and a master of stealth, Greely spends most of his time alone and far from Jamaa, observing the movements of the Phantoms and sabotaging them from the shadows. Greely believes that the Alphas should turn the devious methods of the Phantoms against them. The other Alphas may not entirely trust Greely and his methods, but they certainly respect him. He knows more about the Phantoms and their movements than anyone.
The first thing Graham noticed about the other Alphas was that they seemed to do everything the hard way. For example, take that time Liza tracked the Spirit Stone of the giraffes to a Phantom cavern sealed by an enormous boulder. By the time Graham got there, Liza had a dozen animals straining to move the stone out of the way, and after hours of effort they’d barely made it budge. Graham shook his head and clucked his tongue. All of that sweat, and nothing to show for it. Why, it was the simplest thing in the world to build a waterwheel on a nearby stream and set up a system of gears, pulleys, and counterweights that could raise and lower the giant rock with the effortless pull of a lever. Now they could move the boulder up and down any time they wanted, without breaking a sweat! Graham still visits the cavern from time to time, since the boulder-moving machine is great for breaking open stubborn coconuts.
There's no question Peck is full of talent. She is an artist that revels in any medium, and she has done much to beautify Jamaa and inspire other animals to join her in huge, outlandish art projects. Her Alpha abilities seem to have magnified her already passionate and energetic personality a hundredfold, however--some animals find her perpetual excitement and restlessness exhausting. Peck's hot temper is legendary. When Phantoms appear or her friends are threatened, her artistic exuberance flips instantly to full-throttle attack mode. In spite of this, she takes her role as a mentor to other rabbits very seriously and is determined to get Jamaa's rabbits into shape and ready for whatever might be thrown at them.
Some of Gilbert’s best qualities are the very things that frustrate the more temperamental, impetuous Alphas the most. He is impeccably polite, quietly dignified, and (he believes) sensibly cautious. He takes the time to hear all viewpoints before making decisions, and in leading the Alphas against the Phantoms he is a wary and meticulous strategist. Despite his fearsome appearance and warrior reputation, Gilbert yearns for a quieter life. Perhaps that’s why he works so tirelessly to repel the Phantom invasion — he imagines a day when Jamaa is finally safe for all animals, and he can devote his time to studying the inhabitants of the world he protects.
Cosmo would be the first to admit that most koalas aren't very ambitious. And before he came to Jamaa, he seemed to be a fairly typical koala: he spent most of his time in trees, eating leaves. But even then, despite his outward appearance, there was something different about Cosmo. You see, Cosmo understands plants. As soon as the plants in Jamaa realize Cosmo can communicate with them, they become willing to do some pretty amazing things to help him. They tell him how to mix various natural substances together to create potions with hundreds of uses. They can carry him quickly through the trees, hide him, and even create traps for Phantoms that are undetectable until it's too late.
Good luck in your Adventures, Jammer! The Alphas are counting on you!