Episode #31: 38 Years At The Pittsburgh Zoo

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In this episode, I interview Henry Kacprzyk, curator of Reptiles and Kids Kingdom at The Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium. We discuss his exciting 38 year career at the zoo working his way up from keeper to curator.

Henry talks about his early beginnings in the 80's during the zoo's transition from old victorian style exhibits to more naturalistic. We then discuss his early days as a Big Cat keeper and why he prefers working tigers over lions. He then talks about the zoo's groundbreaking breeding programs and how they are helping to save endangered cats like the Amur Leopard. Other fun topics include his humorous outlook on being a midwife for a giraffe, his "dream" exhibit, and advice on anyone who wants to pursue a career in the zoo world. 

For more information, please visit: http://www.pittsburghzoo.org

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Episode #30: Black Bear Release

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In this episode, I talk about my recent experience traveling to Washington to release two Black Bears named "America" and "Liberty". 

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Episode #29: World Famous Author & Conservationist

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In this episode, I interview award-winning author and conservationist Carl Safina. He's the author of seven books and his latest, Beyond Words: How Animals Think and Feel is a New York Times Bestseller. In the book, Carl shares extraordinary stories of animals and their consciousness, self-awareness and empathy and their similarities to humans. 

We discuss Carl's early beginnings and what led him to become an author. We then dive into the book's three focal point animals: Elephants, Wolves, and Killer Whales. Other discussions include his thoughts on elephants in captivity, trophy hunting, the irrational fear of wolves, his favorite wildlife encounter, and his viral TED Talk: What Other Animals Are Thinking And Feeling. 

For more information, please visit http://carlsafina.org

TED Talk: What Animals Are Thinking And Feeling: https://www.ted.com/talks/carl_safina_what_are_animals_thinking_and_feeling 

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Episode #28: All Creatures Interview

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In this episode, I interview Chris and Angie, hosts of the popular “All Creatures Podcast”. We cover everything from animal reproduction, unusual platypus anatomy, and how to get people excited about wildlife conservation.

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Episode #27: Saving Vultures

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In this episode, I interview my good friend, Dr. Munir Virani. He's the Vice President for Conservation Strategy and External Affairs at The Peregrine Fund. We discuss Asian and African Vultures and why they are considered one of the most threatened groups of animals on the planet. Threats we cover include human/animal conflict, poisoning, poaching, and use on the black market. Dr. Virani also recounts his terrifying encounters with lions and a lone buffalo. 

For more information, please visit http://www.peregrinefund.org

Dr. Virani's TED Talk "Why I Love Vultures" https://www.ted.com/talks/munir_virani_why_i_love_vultures

Dr. Virani and Corbin Maxey's "Through The Eyes Of A Vulture" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HB-0vq8BN_c

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Episode #26: Sea Lions

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In this episode, I talk with sea lion keeper and trainer Sam Fantuzzi from The Turtle Back Zoo. We discuss her early beginnings training marine mammals and what led her to her dream job. 

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Episode #25: Dinosaurs with Dr. Scott

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In this episode, I interview Dr. Scott Sampson from the popular PBS Kids "Dinosaur Train" program. We talk about his early beginnings and how that led him to become a paleontologist. We then touch base on the dinosaurs he's discovered and common misconceptions people have about them. We also talk about how he brought his passion for nature and paleontology to television audiences around the world. For more info on Dr. Scott please visit his website: http://www.scottsampson.net 

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Episode #24: Strange Animals

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In this episode, I speak to Kate Shaw, the host of the very popular Strange Animals Podcast. We discuss some of cryptozoology's most famous animals including Big Foot, the Yeti, the Loch Ness Monster, and the Chupacabra. We then cover extinct animals including the Tasmanian Tiger, the Passenger Pigeon, the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, the Dodo, the Wooly Mammoth, and the Irish Elk. Check out the Strange Animals Podcast: http://strangeanimalspodcast.com/

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