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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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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 #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. 

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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.

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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 #8: The Adventures Of A World Traveler

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In this episode, I speak with my good friend and world traveler, Amy Major. We discuss her first trip to the African country of Malawi, zip lining through the jungles of Costa Rica, visiting the Australia Zoo, driving through the Serengeti and exploring Tanzania, and participating in a penguin conservation program in South Africa. 

Episode #3: African Adventures and Tigers in India

Episode #3: African Adventures and Tigers in India

In this episode, I sit down with special guest Valerie Hershey. She's a former zookeeper turned science teacher who has traveled the world in search of rare and exotic animals. We begin exploring what sparked her interest in animals and how that led her to become a zookeeper. We then dive into her world travels to Kenya, The Seychelles Islands, and India in search of the elusive tiger.