Amazing Wildlife: A San Diego Zoo Podcast

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Rating
4.6
from
70 reviews
This podcast has
33 episodes
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Explicit
No
Date created
2021/11/03
Last published
2022/07/01
Average duration
22 min.
Release period
7 days

Description

Did you know that in the world of elephants the females are the ones in charge? Or that a grizzly bear's bite is strong enough to crush a bowling ball? Amazing Wildlife gives a behind-the-scenes look inside the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park to gain insight on rare species and to explore the ongoing conservation efforts to save endangered wildlife no matter how big or small. Join us as hosts Rick Schwartz and Ebone Monet transport listeners around the globe to highlight the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance’s collaborative efforts with local communities to drive positive change for the future of animals and plants. Through one-of-a-kind stories, you’ll hear what it takes to create a healthy next chapter for not only wildlife, but also for the people that share their habitats.

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Fiji Iguana: Camouflaged Cutie
2022/07/01
What is a beautifully colored arboreal species found only on the Fiji Islands? We’re talking about the Fiji Iguana! Hosts Rick and Ebone reveal what makes the Fiji banded iguana unique, how this lizard is perfectly shaded to camouflage with the forest, and what classifies a lizard to be an iguana. San Diego Zoo curator of herpetology, Kim Gray, makes an appearance to explain the Species Survival Program (SSP) and the threats that impact the Fiji banded iguana. If you have a question for Amazing Wildlife you can send them to wildlife@iheartmedia.com for your chance to hear it on the show! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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Przewalski's Horse: Last of the Wild
2022/06/24
Amazing Wildlife uncovers fascinating facts about the last living "wild" horse, the Przewalski's Horse! Hosts Rick and Ebone explain how the closest living relative of the domestic horse got its unique name and its recovery from once being considered extinct in nature. Later, we’re joined by SDZWA Director of Reproductive Sciences, Barbara Durant, and SDZWA’s curator of the Frozen Zoo, Marlys Houck, to hear about the first cloned Przewalski's Horse, conservations efforts to save the species and the process of reintroducing them into their natural habitat. If you have a question for Amazing Wildlife you can send them to wildlife@iheartmedia.com for your chance to hear it on the show! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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Northern White Rhino: Functionally Extinct
2022/06/17
After spotlighting the Southern White Rhino, Amazing Wildlife explores a subspecies that’s functionally extinct, the Northern White Rhino. Functionally extinct means there is no chance for the current population, as it is, to naturally reproduce. Hosts Rick and Ebone detail what led to their critically endangered status and the factors that make it hard for the rhino to easily mate and reproduce. SDZWA Director of Reproductive Sciences, Barbara Durant, as well as SDZWA’s curator of the Frozen Zoo, Marlys Houck, join the show discuss the reproduction technologies scientists are using to preserve and maintain the Northern White Rhino genes to bring the subspecies back from extinction. If you have a question for Amazing Wildlife you can send them to wildlife@iheartmedia.com for your chance to hear it on the show! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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Southern White Rhino: The Social Crasher
2022/06/10
Amazing Wildlife examines a subspecies of the second largest land mammal on the planet, the white rhinoceros. Hosts Rick and Ebone give insight to how the Southern White Rhino marks its’ territory, their affinity for mud, and their complex social structure. The duo discusses the theory of how the white rhino got its name through miscommunication between languages and share current solutions on how to save this species that is declining due to threats of poaching. Later, Rick answers questions from one of our young listeners!  If you have a question for Amazing Wildlife you can send them to wildlife@iheartmedia.com for your chance to hear it on the show! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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Galapagos Tortoise: The Zoo’s Oldest Friend!
2022/06/03
Amazing Wildlife spotlights its oldest species at the San Diego Zoo… the Galapagos tortoise! The animal is credited with possibly helping to inspire Darwin’s theory of natural selection. Hosts Rick and Ebone explore the connection between the Galapagos tortoise and the famous theory as well as give us facts on its lifespan, size and diet. Later, Rick answers questions from one of our young listeners!  If you have a question for Amazing Wildlife you can send them to wildlife@iheartmedia.com for your chance to hear it on the show! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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Orangutans: Everyone’s Favorite Redhead
2022/05/27
You might know them from their long arms and unique colored hair. We’re talking about the tree dwelling great apes of Southeast Asia … Orangutans! Hosts Ebone and Rick reveal how this species got its name that is often mispronounced. The duo explains how to tell the difference between the different types of orangutans, the unique closeness they have with their mothers, and how the rate of reproduction and deforestation are contributing to a lower number in the population. Tanya Howard, a Senior Wildlife Care Specialist with San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, joins Amazing Wildlife to tell us about her role in caring for these primates.  If you have a question for Amazing Wildlife you can send them to wildlife@iheartmedia.com for your chance to hear it on the show! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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Bonobo: Man’s Lovable Cousin
2022/05/20
Amazing Wildlife takes a journey to the Democratic Republic of Congo, the only place were you can find bonobos! Genetically speaking, this endangered great ape species are cousins to humans. Hosts Rick and Ebone discuss bonobos' unique social behaviors that gave them the reputation of being kind to strangers, having relatively peaceful societies, and being highly intelligent. Joining the show is Dr. Brian Hare, Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke University, to discuss how bonobos' behavior can reveal different facts about people. If you have a question for Amazing Wildlife you can send them to wildlife@iheartmedia.com for your chance to hear it on the show! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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Galapagos Pink Iguana: A Rare and Bright Sighting
2022/05/13
For this episode of Amazing Wildlife, we're taking a trip to the highest peak of the Galapagos Islands where a unique reptile calls home. The Galapagos Pink Iguana is so special that it was officially classified as its own species in 2009. Sadly, there are an estimated 200 to 300 remaining in nature. Hosts Rick and Ebone touch on the several obstacles young pink iguanas face in order to survive and disclose interesting facts about this critically endangered species. Later, Dr. Glen Gerber, a San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance scientist in population sustainability joins the show to explain his role to produce new solutions to improve conservation efforts for reptile species. If you have a question for Amazing Wildlife you can send them to wildlife@iheartmedia.com for your chance to hear it on the show! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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Andean Bear: The Bear with Many Names
2022/05/06
Amazing Wildlife takes a look at a tree-loving bear known for the light-colored fur around its eyes that looks like a pair of eyeglasses... the Andean bear! The Andean bear is special because it is the closest living relative of the extinct species of North American short-faced bear. Hosts Ebone Monet and Rick Schwartz explore the background of how this South American native has received its many names and how the prehistoric mammal has survived long after most of its closet relatives died out during the Ice Age. Dr. Russ Van Horn, a San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance Scientist in Population Sustainability, joins the conversation to disclose how this remarkable bear has managed to survive and his role in leading the Alliance's Andean bear conservation program. If you have a question for Amazing Wildlife you can send them to wildlife@iheartmedia.com for your chance to hear it on the show! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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Giant River Otter: South America’s “River Wolf”
2022/04/29
In this episode, Amazing Wildlife meets the longest member of the weasel family... the giant river otter! Hosts Rick and Ebone detail why the giant river otter is known as the “river wolf," its role in South America’s aquatic system, and what separates this species from the other otters. A Postdoctoral Associate in Recovery Ecology at San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, Dr. Adi Barocas, joins the show to discuss how these animals are facing threats as an endangered species and the efforts to save it.  If you have a question for Amazing Wildlife you can send them to wildlife@iheartmedia.com for your chance to hear it on the show! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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Jaguar: The Elusive Swimmer
2022/04/22
Amazing Wildlife explores the smallest of the large cats, but the largest of South America's big cats.. the Jaguar! Hosts Rick and Ebone Monet uncover the native habitat of South America’s only native big cat and how they have adapted for life in the tropical rainforest. You’ll find out from Dr. Mathias Tobler (a wildlife ecologist with the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance) about what separates the jaguar from other big cats, why jaguar numbers are declining, and how you can help with conservation efforts. If you have a question for Amazing Wildlife you can send them to wildlife@iheartmedia.com for your chance to hear it on the show! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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Gorillas: Recovering from COVID-19
2022/04/15
COVID-19 did not cause disruption on just the human population, but it also took a toll on some of our animal friends. Amazing Wildlife breaks down what happened when a troop of gorillas tested positive for COVID-19, and how wildlife care specialists at the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park kept wildlife healthy during a pandemic. Hosts Rick and Ebone speak with Dr. Lauren Howard, associate director of veterinary services at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, to discuss how San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance became one of the first to begin using a COVID-19 vaccine approved for animals. If you have a question for Amazing Wildlife you can send them to wildlife@iheartmedia.com for your chance to hear it on the show! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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4.6 out of 5
70 reviews
Lizzythebug 2022/06/19
Koalas & Rhinos & Jaguars, oh my!
What a fantastic podcast to learn about animals but it also focuses on the many dedicated people connected with them. In the past I thought zoos weren...
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lindy luvs music 2022/03/26
Such interesting info!
This is a great podcast for anyone that loves animals and wants to learn all of the interesting facts about them. It also highlights the great work th...
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BushSunflower 2022/05/05
Fun way to learn about animals
I love the content, great variety of topics, and Ebonee is a fantastic presenter/interviewer. But please, no background music during the speaking part...
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andypkelly 2022/03/24
Cute and Informative
Love this show, always gives me the best animal facts and Rick and Ebony are great hosts.
Maybe Jo 2022/01/14
Interesting animal facts!
We’ll presented. Enjoyed learning new animal facts and the efforts being made to help animal species survive.
78_gold_78 2021/12/10
Opossum-possum
Love the pod. Just wanted to point out that the host when talking about Australian marsupials called possums, “opossums”. Only North American versions...
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Waterlilyjane 2021/11/20
Fantastic new podcast!???
Thank you San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance for bringing us this entertaining and informative podcast! Hope you include a question and answer segment in...
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