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Explore the world of wildlife conservation in a whole new way. Tune in to Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom The Podcast with Co-Hosts Peter Gros and Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant. This podcast is produced by Pineapple Street Studios in collaboration with Mutual of Omaha.

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Season 1 | Episode 1

Dive into the depths of Southern California's waters with Peter and Dr. Rae as they chat with Carlos Gauna, an expert drone operator and shark photographer, where he discusses how his videos can impact our understanding of misrepresented animals like sharks. Carlos recounts thrilling tales from his time on the show — including a heart-pounding moment when hope of spotting a shark seemed completely lost.

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The Most Famous Cougar in the World

Season 1 | Episode 2

Have you heard the remarkable story of the mountain lion that roamed the Hollywood hills? In this episode, Peter and Dr. Rae sit down with Beth Pratt, wildlife advocate, author, and California director for the National Wildlife Federation, to discuss the enduring legacy of P-22, the iconic mountain lion who called Griffith Park in Los Angeles home. Together, they’ll touch on the pressing issue of habitat loss — one of the greatest threats to wildlife — and explore innovative solutions for coexisting with wildlife in our urban landscapes.

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Season 1 | Episode 3

In this episode, we go on a journey through time and conservation with Peter and Dr. Rae as they talk with Jeff Ewelt, executive director of ZooMontana, about the remarkable resurgence of the black-footed ferret, believed extinct until 1981. They discuss special moments on the show like meeting the ferret clone "Elizabeth Ann" and releasing endangered ferrets into the wild at Hogg Ranch.

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Kelp Forest Photoshoot

Season 1 | Episode 4

Over the past 50 years, climate change, poor water quality, and overfishing have devastated up to 60% of our kelp forest. Join Co-Hosts Peter and Dr. Rae as they uncover the vital importance of kelp forests with special guest Dr. Jennifer Adler, a renowned conservation photographer and underwater photojournalist. She shares her incredible experiences capturing the beauty and mystery of deep-water ecosystems and underwater sea caves.

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Season 1 | Episode 5

Across the United States, bats are under siege, facing numerous threats that endanger their populations. In this episode, Co-Hosts Dr. Rae and Peter are joined by Dr. Nate Fuller, a bat ecologist, to discuss the critical need to save these misunderstood creatures and what we can do to educate others about their importance to the environment.

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Restoring a Broken Ecosystem

Season 1 | Episode 6

Just over a decade ago, the native foxes of California’s Channel Islands were on the brink of extinction. In this episode, Peter and Dr. Rae are joined by Nadya Seal Faith, a conservation biologist from the Santa Barbara Zoo. They discuss her incredible work on the islands conserving these species and the pivotal role bald eagles played in restoring the ecosystem's balance.

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Our Ecosystem Engineers

Season 1 | Episode 7

In today’s episode, Dr. Rae and Peter explore the challenges beavers face from habitat loss and human conflict with wildlife biologist, Molly Alves. Learn about the Tulalip Beaver Project and their efforts in relocating beavers from nuisance areas to places where their natural building skills create thriving, biodiverse ecosystems. Discover the incredible impact of these industrious creatures and the efforts to protect them.

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The Fight to Save Our Puffins

Season 1 | Episode 8

For three months during nesting season, researchers relocate to Eastern Egg Island to monitor and protect puffins. Peter and Dr. Rae sit down with Emma Lachance Linklater, a biologist who spent months living among the puffins on the remote island. Lachance Linklater shares her unforgettable experiences studying these precious seabirds and highlights the hard work and determination of field biologists committed to protecting and preserving wildlife.

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A Day in the Life of a Zookeeper

Season 1 | Episode 9

Zoos play a crucial role in wildlife survival, acting as research hubs and connecting people to the wonders of nature. In this episode, Dr. Rae and Peter chat with Patty Ihrig-Bueckendorf, a zoo hellbender keeper, about the vital role zookeepers play in animal rehabilitation and species preservation. Ihrig-Bueckendorf shares her work with hellbender salamander — a species that's been on the endangered species list since 2003 — highlighting the efforts to save these unique creatures.

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Big Good Wolves

Season 1 | Episode 10

Wolves play a crucial role as keystone species, essential for maintaining the health and balance of ecosystems. In this episode, Peter and Dr. Rae chat with Regina Mossotti, a wolf biologist and former director of animal care and conservation at the Endangered Wolf Center. Mossotti discusses her deep commitment to wolf advocacy and dispels common myths about "big bad wolves."

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About the podcast co-hosts

Peter Gros

A wildlife expert, Peter Gros has co-hosted Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom since 1985. Today, he co-hosts Protecting the Wild, sharing the wonders of the natural world with the next generation of conservationists.

Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant

A wildlife ecologist, Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant studies how human activity influences carnivore behavior and ecology. In 2023, she fulfilled a lifelong dream of hosting a nature series when she joined as co-host of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom Protecting the Wild.


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