Episode #48: BEST OF One Year Anniversary Show

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In this special edition episode for the “Animals To The MAX” one-year-anniversary, I feature highlights from interviews with animal experts, conservationists, rehabilitators, authors, TV Hosts, podcasters, biologists, zoologists, and more!

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Episode #43: Urban Caracal Project

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In this episode, I interview Dr. Laurel Serieys, the founder of The Urban Caracal Project, a unique study currently looking at the effects of urbanization on caracal populations in South Africa. We begin discussing Dr. Serieys work with bobcats and cougars in Los Angeles and how that led her to Africa. We then dive into the elusive life of the caracal and how they adapt to life in the city, including the habit of preying on pets, in particular domestic cats. We end the discussion on how people can learn to co-exist with caracals and other wildlife.

For more information, visit www.urbancaracalproject.org

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Episode #42: Wild Cats

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In this episode, I interview Marion Holmes from the Cat Conservation Trust based out of South Africa. We discuss Africa's lesser known felines and what the trust is doing to help raise awareness about these small cats. In particular we talk about the African Black-footed Cat, the smallest and rarest of the African cats. Don't let its small size fool you: These cats are tenacious little predators that desperately need our help!

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

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Episode #41: Elephants with Dr. Cynthia Moss

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In this episode, I sit down with one of the world's most famous elephant researchers, Dr. Cynthia Moss. Dr. Moss has been studying wild elephants in Africa for over 40 years. In 1972, Dr. Moss started the Amboseli Elephant Research Project, the longest running study of elephants to date. In this interview, we discuss elephant behavior, intelligence, social structure, empathy, and current threats they face in the wild. Other topics include the famous elephant "Echo", Dr. Moss's favorite elephant encounter, and advice for young researchers wanting to pursue a similar career path. 

For more information, please visit: https://www.elephanttrust.org

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Episode #40: Trophy Hunting Debate

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In this episode, I invite Chris and Angie from The All Creatures Podcast to have a round table discussion on Trophy Hunting. We take a scientific approach looking at the facts and data while analyzing the pros and cons of Trophy Hunting. Is Trophy Hunting helping wildlife conservation? 

Zebra Documentary Mentioned: http://www.wildlifefilms.co/patterns-in-the-grass/ 

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Episode #37: Wild Eye

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In this episode, I interview Gerry Van der Walt, co-founder of Wild Eye, a photographic safari company that leads expeditions around the world. Gerry is also an award-winning photographer, private & specialist guide, and host of the popular "Wildlife Photography Podcast". We begin discussing African Safaris in Kenya's famed Masai Mara. We cover the Great Migration, river crossings, leopard encounters, and what to expect on a trip to Africa. We then dive into Gerry's experience photographing rare Mountain Gorillas, Chimpanzees, and Polar Bears.

For more information, please visit: http://www.gerryvanderwalt.com

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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 #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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