Conservationist

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 #33: Wild Beats

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In this episode, I interview sound artist, educator, TV personality, and National Geographic Explorer, Ben Mirin. We discuss Ben's unique passion for music and wildlife and how his beats have raised awareness about animal conservation around the world. 

For more information about Ben, visit: http://benmirin.com 

Ben's TED Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUD4ED5hezQ&t=608s

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Episode #32: The Cheetah Whisperer

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In this episode, I interview Erin Vargo, "The Cheetah Whisperer". Erin has been obsessed with cheetahs her whole life and has worked with over 70 individual cats. We discuss her first encounters with cheetahs volunteering for The Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia. We then dive into her work training a cheetah cub named "David" at The Wildlife Safari Park in Oregon. We end our discussion talking about her current seasonal position at The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in the Animal Programs Department. Other fun topics include feeding baby warthogs, meeting Jack Hanna, and a terrifying baboon encounter!

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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". 

For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/blackbearrehab

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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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