The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

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.

For more information, please visit: http://www.zoomontana.org
Check out Jeff’s YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM8aAzxIQ_a6pvV8P2jiM7w

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Episode #67: Jungle Jack Hanna

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In this episode, I interview one of my idols, Jungle Jack Hanna. We discuss Jack’s extensive career working with animals. Topics include Jack’s early childhood, what brought him to the Columbus Zoo as a director in 1978, Monkeys loose on the interstate (literally)!, David Letterman, and much more!

Please visit Jack’s website for more info: https://www.jackhanna.com

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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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