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Save Diego!
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Airdate Saturday, October 22, 2005 (UK)
Tuesday, June 13, 2006 (VHS and DVD)
Friday, February 22, 2008 (Canada)
Friday, April 17, 2009 (Nickelodeon)
Tuesday, March 13, 2012 (Nick Jr.)

TBA (YouTube)

U.S. Premiere Time (est.) {{{premiere}}}
Season 4
Episode 22 (aired)
7 (production order)
Written by Eric Weiner
Storyboard by:
Carol Datuin
Ysty Veluz
Directed by George Chialtas
Previous We're a Team! (Season 4)
Dora Saves Three Kings Day (airing order)
Daisy, La Quinceañera (production order)
Dora's First Trip (UK airings)
Next Swiper the Explorer (Season 4)
Dora Saves the Three Little Pigs (airing order)
Baby Jaguar's Roar (DVD/Production order)
Boots to the Rescue (UK airings)

Save Diego! is the 22nd episode of Dora the Explorer from Season 4.

In production order, it's the 7th episode of Season 4.

Click & Create: 38 (Save Diego!)



Diego is an animal rescuer and a friend to all the animals, but now HE has gotten in trouble (when he tried to rescue a baby parrot) and needs to be rescued! Dora and Boots have to hurry because if he falls, he and the baby parrot will get injured by a large pile of prickers and thorns!


Dora and Boots love animals and so does Dora's cousin Diego. He even saves animals who are in trouble. He rides his parasail down from the sky to the ground. Diego sees that Baby Jaguar is in trouble. Diego rescues him and brings him to safety. Diego plays with Baby Jaguar for a while, until they hear a strange sound. Diego saw a rolling rock and it was heading towards the leaf-cutter ants. Diego makes a ramp using the logs and tying them together using a vine. Once the ramp was placed, the rock rolls onto the ramp and goes over the leaf-cutter ants. So far, Diego saved two creatures. But then, he sees another animal in distress. Diego saw a mountain goat who had his foot stuck on a prickly thorny bush. Diego pulls the bush apart. The mountain goat had a thorn in his foot and it was pulled out. Now Diego saved 3 creatures. Suddenly, an animal goes caw-caw. Diego couldn't see what creature made that sound. He gets out his spotting scope and saw it was a baby parrot. The wind was about to blow the nest off the edge of a cliff atop of Rocky Mountain. Diego gets harnessed up and is attempting to save the baby parrot. Diego climbs up and grabs the nest with the baby parrot inside. Suddenly, after saving four creatures, Diego couldn't get to safety. There was a snag on the rope hanging on the branch. Diego was about to fall into the prickers and thorns. Diego needed help saving. The viewer tells Dora and Boots that Diego needed saving and fast. So, Dora and Boots had to figure out how to get to Diego by asking Map for assistance as fast as possible! He says that they have to go across El Rio Rápido (the fast river) and down the super big mudslide to get to Rocky Mountain and rescue Diego and the baby parrot.

Dora and Boots get going. Along the way, Dora and Boots get help from lots of animals. Spider monkeys swing through the trees. They ride a mountain goat up the steep hill. Soon after, they reach the fast river. Dora and Boots needed a boat. They find one, but then the animals came and warn Dora and Boots about the arrival of the villain; it reveals to be Swiper the fox! Dora and Boots see Swiper and had to stop him before he swipes the boat. Dora and Boots say "Swiper, no swiping!" 3 times. Swiper snaps his fingers saying "Oh, man!" and runs away. They thank the animals for the warning. Dora and Boots had to put on their life-jackets and helmets. Because El Rio Rápido is rough and has big rocks and whirlpools. Dora and Boots needed a creature to help them get across the fast river. An angelfish appears and tells them that all they have to do is follow the path that the angelfish is on. Dora and Boots get going. They find the angelfish on the 2nd path of 3 which was the safest because there were rocks on the other paths. Now they find the angelfish on the 3rd path of 4. Rocks were on the other paths. They locate the angelfish once more on the middle path of 5. Whirlpools were on the other four paths. Dora and Boots make it through the fast river and thanked the angelfish for showing the way. After that, they check Map to figure out where to go next. A check-mark was placed on El Río Rápido. The blue cursor clicks on the mudslide just after the path traced to it. Dora and Boots get going again. They use the turtles as stepping stones to get across the water. Next a spectacled owl directs them to go right. After getting more help from the animals, Dora and Boots reached to the muddy mudslide. They had to find a way to get down the muddy mudslide without getting muddy. the Leaf Cutter Ants come into view and cut the leaves out off the tree. The leaves floated on top of the muddy mudslide. Boots jumps onto some brown leaves and it started to break into apart. Dora and Boots have to find the green leaves because they don't break as easily. Dora and Boots ride the green leaves down the muddy mudslide. and had to stop twice. But eventually, they make it all the way down the muddy mudslide. and onto solid ground once again. Dora and Boots check Map once more to figure out where to go next. A check-mark was placed on El Río Rápido and the big mudslide. The blue cursor clicks on Rocky Mountain just as the path traces to it. Dora and Boots couldn't see Rocky Mountain. All of a sudden, Baby Jaguar rushed to Dora and Boots and he leads them through the bush to Rocky Mountain. Diego was still hanging over the prickers and thorns with a yellow rope snagged on the end of a branch. Diego's rescue pack and field journal was still on the ground. Dora and Boots had to figure out a way to get to the top of Rocky Mountain. Baby Jaguar pulls out the field journal. Dora uses the touchscreen pen. They had a choice of 4 animals. They needed an animal that can climb up mountains. They figured out that the mountain goat is the correct animal that can help. Now, they had to call out to the mountain goat. Sure enough, the mountain goat came and gives Dora and Boots a ride on his back. In no time, they reach the top. The yellow rope was starting to rip. Diego needed saving fast. Dora tells Diego that she has a rope in Backpack. A flash of light goes off. Backpack had 3 blue ropes. They needed a rope that is the longest. The viewer finds it and the other objects go inside Backpack. Dora hands Diego the blue rope. Diego switches from the yellow rope to the blue rope. Diego was almost to safety. Dora takes Baby Parrot in the nest. Soon after, Diego climbs up to safety. Dora and Boots saved Diego as well as the baby parrot. Diego finds a safe place for the baby parrot. After that, Dora, Boots, and Diego call out to its parents. They all go caw-caw. The mommy and daddy parrots came and saw their baby in a safe tree.

Places in this episode[]

  1. El Río Rápido
  2. Super Big Mudslide
  3. Rocky Mountain

Items in Backpack (clockwise starting from the top right)[]

  • Longer rope
  • Rubber duck
  • Short rope
  • Shorts
  • Longest rope (correct item)
  • Bongo drums



  • This is first and only time Dora uses and looks inside Diego's field journal.
  • Map's dancing is recycled from La Maestra de Música and Super Babies.
  • Benny, Tico, Alicia, Daisy, Click, Rescue Pack, the Bobo Brothers and Isa don't appear in this episode or help Diego.
  • Map does not zoom wipe at all in this episode.
  • Diego does not use Rescue Pack in this episode.
  • The Travel Song is replaced by a variant; the Animal Help Travel Song.
  • This episode premiered in the UK exactly 2 years after "Baby Dino" premiered on Nickelodeon.
  • This is the second episode for El Río Rápido, the previous episode being "Baby Jaguar's Roar".
    • If one goes by production order, it's the other way around.
    • Coincidentally, both of these episodes (this and the aforementioned one) were put together on the Animal Adventures VHS and DVD, and they both feature the same location.
      • However, in this episode, it was the first location, whereas it was the second location in the episode mentioned above.
  • When Diego raises the nest with Baby Parrot and all the animals cheer for him, it's the perfect reference of Disney's The Lion King franchise where Rafiki raises baby Simba in the opening of "The Circle of Life", the reprise song of "The Circle of Life" in the end where Rafiki raises the new cub Kiara and the opening of Simba's Pride that has the new song "He Lives in You".
  • This is the first episode to premiere on the new Nickelodeon’s Play Date block.
  • Because of the remastered print of Swiper the Explorer plastering the 1999-2005 Nick Jr. Productions logo with the 2009 Nickelodeon Productions logo, in airing order, this is the final time the show uses the 1999-2005 Nick Jr. Productions logo due to this being a pushed-back episode.
  • If one looks closely, when Swiper is about to snap his fingers, he actually makes the starting position of the finger snap correctly (the middle finger and thumb pressed together), as opposed to other episodes where he does it wrong (using the index finger instead).
  • In airing order, this is the last episode to find Baby Red Fish.
  • When Swiper says, "Oh, man!", he looks at the viewer.
  • Although this was produced in Season 4, it aired during Season 5, in mid-April 2009, making it the only Season 4 episode that premiered in that year (2009).
  • Going by season/episode order and not TV airing order, this would be the 100th and spectacular episode of the show.
  • This episode premiered on Nick Jr the same day that Bengal Tiger makes a Wish premiered on Nickelodeon.
  • The owl sound from the British preschool show Peppa Pig is heard and reused in this episode.
  • This episode premiered in Canada the same day as The Shy Rainbow's premiere in the United States.
  • Although it premiered in 2005 on (Nick Jr. UK), 2006 on DVD and VHS, 2008 on (Nickelodeon Canada), 2009 on Nickelodeon and 2012 on Nick Jr. it was made in 2003 according to the credits.
  • This episode was originally suppose to air on Monday, January 23, 2006 along with the Go, Diego, Go! episode Linda the Librarian. but it is unknown why it aired 3 years later.
  • When Swiper says, "Oh, Man!" the audio is taken from The Legend of the Big Red Chicken.


  • iTunes lists this episode as "Save Diego". The exclamation mark is left out.
  • Dee Bradley Baker is solely credited for voicing Baby Jaguar. However, he is mainly voiced by Thomas Sharkey, with Baker providing only additional vocal effects.
  • It is unknown how Baby Jaguar got stuck on the mudslide.
  • When Dora, Boots, Baby Jaguar, and the goat pick up Diego, they used the blue rope and Diego had his helmet on. However, when Diego was picked up, his helmet and the blue rope disappear and it is unknown what happened to them.

Character Find[]

Baby Red Fish

Dora the Explorer Season 4
Star Catcher | Dora's Fairytale Adventure | Daisy, La Quinceañera | Big Sister Dora | Super Babies | Catch the Babies | Dora's Got a Puppy | Dora and Diego to the Rescue! | A Crown for King Juan el Bobo | The Mixed-Up Seasons | Dora's Dance to the Rescue | Dora's First Trip | Baby Jaguar's Roar | Boots to the Rescue | Dora's World Adventure! | Star Mountain | Baby Crab | La Maestra de Música | Dora Saves the Mermaids | The Shy Rainbow| Super Spies 2: The Swiping Machine | We're a Team! | Save Diego! | Swiper the Explorer
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