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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.

For more information, please visit: https://zoohistories.com

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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 #62: Why Zoos Matter

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In this episode, I have a round table discussion with Chris and Angie from the All Creatures Podcast about Zoos and Aquariums and why they matter.

All Creatures Podcast: https://www.allcreaturespod.com

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Episode #55: ZooKeeper Rick

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In this episode, I interview San Diego Zoo Spokesperson, ZooKeeper Rick. We discuss Rick’s unique journey and the steps it took him to land his dream job.

For more information, please visit www.zookeeperrick.com

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Episode #36: Carnivore Keeper Chat

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In honor of National Zookeeper Week, I interview Turtle Back Zoo Supervisor, Erin Mowatt. Erin's been working in the zoological field for over 12 years. She's worked with everything from giraffes, elephants, tigers, lions, snow leopards, bears, orangutans, the list goes on! We discuss her passion and career working with big cats and other carnivores. 

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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 #5: Vipers, Cobras, and Komodo Dragons

Episode #5: Vipers, Cobras, and Komodo Dragons

In this episode, I talk to herpetologist, Matt Edgar. He has over two decade's worth of experience working with venomous snakes, crocodilians, Komodo Dragons, and the rare Tuatara. We discuss his time working in the reptile and aquatic department at the St. Louis Zoo, catching Anole lizards in Jamaica, and searching for vipers in Armenia.