Episode #92: Keeper Chat

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In this episode, I have a roundtable discussion with the HILARIOUS Flora & Fauna from the Keeper Chat Podcast. We discuss both of their zoo careers and exciting animals they’ve worked with including big cats, bears, marine mammals, great apes, and penguins. We also answer your submitted zoo-related questions!

WARNING: This episode is rated PG-13!!!

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Episode #83: Jeff The Nature Guy

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In this episode, I interview executive director of ZooMontana, Jeff Ewelt. Jeff is most notable for reviving ZooMontana and re-establishing it as a respected organization in the community. We discuss Jeff’s early beginnings selling hotdogs at the Columbus Zoo, to working as a bird trainer for 10 years in Florida, to taking the polar plunge (literally) and moving to Montana to serve as the director of ZooMontana. We discuss zoo’s animal residents including Grizzly Bears, Tigers, Red Pandas, and Wolverines! Other topics include Jeff’s work on TV, loose llamas in New York City, and his future vision for the zoo.

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Episode #82: Exotic Animal Training w/ Gary Wilson

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In this episode, I interview Gary Wilson, a teacher at Moorpark College’s Exotic Animal Training and Management Program (EATM). Gary specializes in exotic animal training and has over 30+ years of experience. We discuss his early beginnings catching marine animals including an octopus! He then talks about training dolphins for the US Navy’s Marine Mammal Program and a Beluga Whale in San diego. We then cover his various training techniques and advice for anyone wanting to pursue a career in the zoological field.

For more information, please visit: https://www.moorparkcollege.edu/teaching-zoo

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Episode #80: Zoo History

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In this episode, I interview Karie Kirkpatrick, blogger for “Zoo Walks Through History”. We discuss North American zoos in history and go over some of Karie’s favorite subjects including a Gibbon named “Bimbo”, the first Giant Pandas in the 1930’s, and how Bison were the inspiration for the National Zoo! We also discuss pioneers in the industry including Belle Benchley, the world’s first female zoo director at the San Diego Zoo.

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Episode #79: Zookeeper Bryan

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In this episode, I speak with Zookeeper Bryan, a keeper at the Phoenix Zoo. A graduate from the Exotic Animal Training and Management Program at Moorpark College in California, we discuss his experience training a variety of different animals including a lion, baboon, and a Blue Crane! We then discuss his first zoo job working at Zoo Montana. Other topics include zoo critics, animals in captivity, and how zoos are helping to save wild animals.

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Episode #77: Stephanie Arne

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In this episode, I speak with Stephanie Arne. She’s a conservationist, host, and world traveler. We discuss her many adventures with animals including swimming with crocodiles and sharks, filming with condors and tegus, and how she ended up getting her dream job, being a host for Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom’s web series. We also touch base on what it’s like bringing animals on TV and what life is like being a minimalist living in a tiny house.

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Episode #71: The Crocodile Queen

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In this episode, I interview “Crocodile Queen”, Savannah Boan. She’s the International Ambassador and Crocodilian Enrichment Coordinator for Gatorland in Orlando, Florida. We discuss her passion for crocodilians and how she’s bringing awareness about these misunderstood creatures.

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Savannah’s TED Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AeKlErwtpY

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Episode #70: The Large Carnivore Scientist

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In this episode, I interview Dr. Nick Pilfold, a large carnivore scientist for The San Diego Zoo. Nick studies big cats and bears all around the world. Topics include black leopards, wild dogs, and polar bears!

For more information, please visit: https://institute.sandiegozoo.org/staff/nicholas-pilfold-phd

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