Episode #87: The "Big Bad Wolf"

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For well over a millennia, wolves have been depicted as ferocious, blood thirsty, monsters. In reality, wolves are intelligent animals that are much more similar to us than once thought. They are also a vital part of the ecosystem that keep prey populations healthy and in check.

In this episode, I interview carnivore biologist, Aspen. She’s the founder of POUNCE Conservation, an organization that uses research, science, and compromise to save America’s wolves. We discuss a variety of different topics including wolf predation on livestock, “surplus killing”, elk fatalities, and wolf hunting.

For more information, please visit: https://pounceconservation.weebly.com

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Episode #75: The Sea Panda

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In this episode, I talk to Dr. Cynthia Smith, the VP and Executive Director of the National Marine Mammal Foundation about the Vaquita, also known as “The Sea Panda”. They are the most endangered marine mammals in the world with only 15 individuals left. It’s not all doom and gloom: We discuss how we can still help save the world’s smallest porpoise.

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Episode #59: The Cheetah Conservation Fund

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In this episode, I interview Dr. Laurie Marker. She’s the founder and executive director of The Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF). CCF is a global leader in research and conservation of cheetahs. They are dedicated to saving the cheetah in the wild.

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Episode #52: Mark O'Shea The Legend

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In this episode, I interview famous herpetologist, photographer, author, lecturer, and TV personality, Mark O’Shea. Mark’s been working with reptiles and traveling the world for over five decades, We begin discussing Mark’s early childhood and his first encounter with a snake. We then dive into his extensive work with venomous snakes, including two close encounters, one of which almost took his life. We then discuss his path to television and his adventures around the world.

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Episode #46 Penguins & Elephant Seals

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In this interview, I talk to Camille Le Guen who is currently finishing up her PHD work on African Penguins and the effects of overfishing. We discuss her early beginnings studying the Little Blue Penguins in Australia. We then cover her experience living on South Georgia Island (north of Antartica) studying penguins and elephant seals. We finish up with her current work with the endangered African Penguins in South Africa.

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Episode #44: Biology, Botany, & A Botfly

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In this episode, I interview Richard Rachman, a current undergraduate researcher at California State University. We discuss Richard’s extensive experience in the field and go over highlights, including the time he brought a botfly back home with him in Ecuador!

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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.

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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!

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