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Escape The Zoo

Escape The Zoo

By Daniel Clarke
Welcome to the ESCAPE THE ZOO podcast, where we interview leading wildlife photographers, conservationists and scientists to learn more about the awe-inspiring species that we share this fascinating planet with. Guests of the podcast have traveled to the the edges of the world to observe, photograph, study and support wildlife in their natural environment and, as you probably can imagine, now have some of the most exciting, scary, crazy, extreme, and beautiful stories that I have ever heard.
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Amber Jackson + Emily Hazelwood - Rigs-to-Reefs

Escape The Zoo

Federico Veronesi - One Life
Federico Veronesi is a Kenya-based professional wildlife photographer and safari guide. This is his second time on the podcast. We spend time chatting about his upcoming photographic book, One Life, which is following up his incredible first book, “Light and Dust.” We recorded this back in June when the Kickstarter was up and running. Unfortunately, it took me a little longer to edit than I would have liked. That being said, the book will be available for purchase in October. I’ll link to where you can buy / pre-order on We chat about: the book the life and death of the most famous elephant on Earth Trophy hunting Wildlife in the times of COVID Federico’s work: One Life Kickstarter: (Facebook) (his first book, Light and Dust) Sources for topics discussed: One Life Kickstarter: Light and Dust: Tim elephant: Amboseli Trust for Elephants: Federico’s video for Tim: Kenya Wildlife Service: Kenya bans trophy hunting (1977): ‘Together’ photo:
August 11, 2020
Dr. Arnaud Desbiez - Land of Giants
Dr. Arnaud Desbiez is a conservation biologist living in Brazil. He is the founder of both the Giant Armadillo Conservation Project as well as Anteaters & Highways. He is also the subject of Hotel Armadillo, a story by BBC narrated by David Attenborough. We chat about: Giant armadillos and giant anteaters Fires in the Amazon The role of zoos in conservation, and much more! Arnaud’s work: Giant Armadillo Conservation Project Anteaters & Highways Armadillos Facebook Armadillos Instagram Anteaters Facebook Anteaters Instagram Full show notes @
April 19, 2020
Chris Schmid - Jaguars of the Pantanal
Chris Schmid is a photographer, filmmaker and cinematographer specializing in natural history in remote locations. He is a Sony Ambassador and National Geographic Explorer. He explains that his efforts to document and protect the few remaining areas of wilderness are fueled by a love for the natural world and a desire to protect what's left.  We chat about: Desert lions Cheetah 'supermoms' The Jaguars of the Pantanal, and so much more! Chris’ work: Full show notes @
February 24, 2020
Dr. Kinari Webb - Saving Lives, Solving Deforestation
Dr. Kinari Webb is the founder of Health In Harmony, a rainforest conservation organization that holistically addresses the health of people, ecosystems, and the planet. In a nutshell, she created an incredibly innovative model that protects the indigineous and traditional communities that protect that rainforests that protect the health of our planet. Their work has driven enormous impact in Borneo - saving human lives, wildlife, and trees - and is now expanding to Madagascar and Brazil. Dr Webb’s work: Sources for topics discussed: Donella (Dana) Meadows: The Limits to Growth by Dana Meadows: Beyond the Limits by Dana Meadows: Our Planet: Planet Earth: WWF: WWF Human Rights: Bolsonaro and Amazon: Andrew Yang - Gross Domestic Happiness: Shaaz Jung: UN 12 years to limit climate change: Jonathan Jennings, Health In Harmony: Doctors Without Borders: Dr. Jodi Rowley: Frog ID: Health In Harmony Results:
January 06, 2020
Rob Timmins - Discovering Species
Rob Timmins is a biologist who has discovered several new wildlife species never before known to conservation. We talk about striped rabbits, bald birds, and Asian unicorns. Rob’s work: Rob’s research: Sources for topics discussed: William Robichaud: Saola Working Group: Kha-nyou discovery: striped rabbit discovery: bare-faced bulbul discovery: saola: saola captive breeding: Yao Ming Wild Aid: Shawn Heinrichs:
October 21, 2019
Shaaz Jung - One Leopard
Shaaz Jung is a naturalist, big cat tracker, professional wildlife photographer and cinematographer. We talk about: - His upcoming film on the black panther - How one leopard changed the course of his entire life - Stories of sloth bears, elephants, leucistic deer, flying lizards and so much more! Shaaz’s work: Full show notes @
October 14, 2019
Serge Wich - The Primate Professor
Serge Wich is a professor in primate biology at Liverpool John Moores University and an honorary professor for the conservation of the great apes at the University of Amsterdam. He is also the co-founder of the nonprofit, Conservation Drones. His research focuses on primate behavioral ecology, tropical rain forest ecology, and the conservation of primates and their habitats. Much of his work has been focused on orangutans in Indonesia. We discuss: - the complexities and nuances of conservation - the new species of orangutan discovered in 2017 - the terror of coming face-to-face with one of the rarest species on Earth....the Sumatran tiger Serge’s work: Sources for topics discussed: Our Planet: ‘Jane’ documentary: Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program: Borneo Nature Foundation: Conservation Drones:  Lian Pin Koh: Air Shepherd: Spider monkey survey in Mexico: New orangutan species: Hydroelectric scheme that will hurt new species of orangutan: Tapanuli orangutan paper: ‘Primates of West Africa’ by John Oates: Full show notes @
June 25, 2019
Rhett Butler - Mongabay
Rhett Butler is the founder of Mongabay, one of the most popular environmental science and conservation news sites in the world. He has such an interesting background and some wild stories. We talk about rainforests, deforestation, climate change, bioacoustic monitoring, close encounters with elephants and gorillas, and what it is like to be friends with Jane Goodall. Rhett’s work: Sources for topics discussed: Jane Goodall: zero deforestation commitments: Steve Winter: Hollywood mountain lion photo: aye-aye lemur: Health in Harmony: Rhett Butler publications / bioacoustic monitoring: Dr Jodi Rowley: Frog ID: Rainforest Connection: Planet Labs: Wildlife Conservation Network: Acaté Amazon: Global Forest Watch: World Resources Institute: David Quammen: Virunga documentary: Impossible Foods: Global Fishing Watch: Full show notes @
June 17, 2019
Daisy Gilardini - Life at the Poles
Daisy Gilardini is a photographer and conservationist specialized in the polar regions and North American bears. Her images have been published internationally by leading media outlets including National Geographic, Smithsonian, BBC Wildlife, and many, many others. Gilardini is a Canadian Geographic photographer-in-residence, member of the International League of Conservation Photographers, a fellow of “The Explorer Club”, and part of the Swiss Nikon Ambassador’s team, the SanDisk Extreme Team, the Lowepro Storytellers Team, and the SeaLegacy Collective. We chat about her travels to the polar regions, becoming a wildlife photographer, climate change, biodiversity, and much, much more! Daisy’s work: Sources for topics discussed: Annenberg Center for Photography: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute: Dan Westergren: UN Report - 1 Million Species At Risk: tech to absorb carbon dioxide: Cattle seaweed: The Ocean Cleanup: Boyan Slat: Lonesome George / extinct pinta tortoise: Sudan rhino: IAATO (Antarctica tour operators): Carl Safina: Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel: Paul Nicklen: Cristina Mittermeier: March of the Penguins: Our Planet: BBC’s Dynasties: Greenpeace Antarctica: SeaLegacy: SeaLegacy Collective: ILCP: Meat companies rebrand as protein companies: Full show notes @
June 10, 2019
Dr. Caine Delacy - Swimming with Giants
Caine Delacy is a marine biologist, expedition leader, conservationist and wildlife photographer. We chat about:  - swimming with sperm, humpback and pilot whales - the mysteries of whale communication - photographing bobcats in Colorado Caine’s work: Sources for topics discussed: Grizzly Years by Doug Peacock: spinner dolphin harassment Hawaii: Tony Wu: Blue Planet sperm whale family: wooly mammoth climate change: Paul Nicklen: Cristina Mittermeier: Conan O’Brien podcast: Joe Rogan podcast: Caine’s bobcat photo: Keith Ladzinski: Cory Richards: Adam Greentree grizzlies in Colorado: wolves in California: Caine’s pilot whales selfie: Jacques Cousteau: Blue Planet: Our Planet: David Attenborough: Caine’s whale, shark, dolphin photo: Full show notes @
April 29, 2019
Rebecca Stirnemann - The Last Little Dodos
Rebecca Stirnemann is a biologist, conservationist and writer from New Zealand. Rebecca has spent nearly a decade working to protect the critically endangered, national bird of Samoa....the little dodo. Check out Rebecca’s work: book: Twitter: research: Medium: Sources for topics discussed:  little dodo / manumea: Jeremy Hance manumea article: kakapo: baby manumea: ma'oma'o: ‘Walden’ by Henry David Thoreau: William Robichaud: Saola Working Group: Predator Free New Zealand: Dr. James Borrell: manumea book: Auckland Zoo: tragedy of the commons: Elinor Ostrom’s “non-tragedy of the commons”: Full show notes @
April 23, 2019
Bryce Andrews - The Life and Death of a Grizzly Bear
Bryce Andrews is a rancher, conservationist and author from Montana. He works with People and Carnivores, a non profit aimed to reconnect and restore carnivore populations in the Northern Rockies by working with the region’s people to prevent human-carnivore conflicts. He just released his new book, Down from the Mountain, which tells the story of a grizzly bear named Millie: her life, death, and cubs, and what they reveal about the changing character of the American West. Check out Bryce’s work: Down from the Mountain: The Life and Death of a Grizzly Bear Sources for topics discussed: Carl Safina: Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel: How Wolves Change Rivers: Bryce’s first book ‘Badluck Way’: Pat Zentz: E. O. Wilson: Half Earth Project: Half Earth book: Vital Ground Foundation: Great Bear Foundation: Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC): Defenders of Wildlife: A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold: Of Wolves and Men by Barry Lopez: Grizzly Years by Doug Peacock: The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey: Full show notes @
April 16, 2019
Jeremy Hance - Big Conservation and the WWF Allegations
Jeremy Hance is a journalist with experience writing about wildlife, climate change, energy politics, animal behavior, conservation and much more for outlets like Mongabay and The Guardian. We talk about: - the recent human rights allegations against the WWF - the potential reintroduction of the Malayan tapir into Borneo - the conservation status of Sumatran rhinos - and much more! Please check out and support Jeremy’s work: Saving Life on Earth: Words on the Wild: Radical Conservation: Sources for topics discussed: Saola Working Group: Dr. Jodi Rowley: Niall McCann: Greg McCann: jerboa: fat rat viral story: rats pretending to be snake: Jeremy Hance - Sumatran rhino: unsuccessful Sumatran rhino capture: successful Sumatran rhino capture: International Rhino Foundation: Leo DiCaprio / WWF human rights allegations: Jeremy’s article critiquing big conservation: Buzzfeed WWF scandal investigation: WWF in Cameroon/human rights: Survival International: Virunga documentary: Cameroon guards attacking Baka tribe: tapir reintroduction article: California condor success story: Wooly mammoth climate change: Bottleneck article: Bottleneck paper: insect armageddon: WildAid Yao Ming: Health in Harmony: geoengineering article: geoengineering paper: Durrell: The Zoological Society of London: EDGE of Existence: Wildlife Conservation Society: Borneo Rhino Alliance: full show notes @
April 08, 2019
William Robichaud - The Asian Unicorn
William Robichaud is the founder of the Saola Working Group. The saola is one of the rarest large animals on Earth. It is the sole species of a genus of bovids. Its scientific discovery in the forests of Vietnam in 1992 was one of the most spectacular zoological finds of the 20th century. Please check out William’s work: Publications: Sources for topics discussed: saola photo: Saola Working Group: Jeremy Hance: International Ocean Film Festival: Sharkwater Extinction: Rob Stewart: John MacKinnon saola discovery: Vladimir Flint: Greg McCann: Vladimir Dinets: Empty forest syndrome: golden coin turtle: SeaLegacy California driftnet campaign: Rob Timmins: Alan Rabinowitz: WildAid: Yao Ming shark fin success story: Rob Steinmetz article “see page 35”: Dr. James Chamberlain article “see page 20”: Troy Hansel: Joe Rogan / Elon Musk podcast: Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown Laos: Anthony Bourdain: Racing Extinction: Louie Psihoyos: Full show notes @ Full video @
April 01, 2019
Niall McCann - Tapirs + Anacondas
Niall McCann is an explorer, biologist and conservationist who currently serves as the Director of Conservation for National Park Rescue, a direct-action conservation organization that focuses on preventing the slaughter of elephants, rhinos and lions in sub-Saharan Africa. We talk about: - giant otters and tapirs - catching pythons and anacondas - the roar of a tiger - and have a deep discussion on the state of conservation in Africa. Niall’s work: Sources for topics discussed: William Baird: Operation Muscox: His Dark Materials Trilogy: Philip Pullman: Harry Potter: JK Rowling: British Antarctic Survey: Mount Asgard: Sir Roger Moore: Nigel Leader-Williams: Giant otters vs jaguar: Niall with anaconda: Movie 'Anaconda': South Florida python bounty: Jesus Rivas anacondas: National Park Rescue: Baird’s tapir: Eating megafauna study: Four types of tapir: Panthera - Franklin Castañeda: Borneo tapir article by Jeremy Hance: Lanai cat sanctuary: DSWT: Reteti: Chizarira National Park: National Geographic: African Parks: John Hume: Ami Vitale: WildAid, Yao Ming, shark fin soup: National Park Rescue documentary: World Wildlife Fund: WWF scandal/allegations: Full show notes @
March 26, 2019
Will Burrard-Lucas - Land of Giants
Will Burrard-Lucas is an incredible wildlife photographer from the UK. He often uses new technologies and innovations to photograph wildlife in unique ways.  He just released his brand new book, Land of Giants. Below is the book synopsis to provide perspective: "Deep in the heart of a vast wilderness, some of the rarest creatures on Earth still roam;  living relics from a bygone era, they are the last of Africa’s great tuskers. For the first  time these elusive elephants have been subject to an in-depth photographic study and  are now immortalised in this book.  Will Burrard-Lucas, in partnership with Tsavo Trust and Kenya Wildlife Service, spent  months photographing elephants in all corners of the Tsavo Conservation Area.  Using the latest technology including his innovative remote-control BeetleCam,  Burrard-Lucas has captured an intimate glimpse into the lives of Tsavo’s elephants and  a spectacular photographic record of some remarkable individuals. Against a backdrop of escalating human-wildlife conflict and the ever-present threat  of poaching, this book brings a message of hope: that these giants are still out there –  and they can still be saved." We talk in depth about his experience making this book as well as stories of Ethiopian wolves, painted dogs, orangutans, wild pandas, and so much more. Please check out and support Will’s work: Full show notes @ Full video @
March 18, 2019
Ami Vitale - Stories of Hope
Ami Vitale is a Nikon Ambassador and National Geographic magazine photographer. Instyle Magazine named Ami one of fifty Badass Women who are changing the world, a list that also includes Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Katie Couric, Cardi B, and Jane Goodall.  Ami is a founding member of Ripple Effect Images, an organization that uses storytelling to shed light on the hardships women in developing countries face and the programs that can help them.  Ami recently published a best-selling book, Panda Love: The Secret Lives of Pandas. She lectures for the National Geographic LIVE series. And she’s won a million different awards.   We talk about: - Her time with Sudan, the last male northern white rhino  - The incredible conservation efforts supporting pandas in China - Reteti, a community-run elephant sanctuary in Kenya AMI’S OMAZE CONTEST - Support Ol Pejeta Conservancy and Join Ami Vitale on an African Safari & See the World’s Last Two Northern White Rhinos - Please check out and support and support Ami’s work: Web site: Instagram: Twitter: Facebook: OMAZE CONTEST: Panda Love: The Secret Lives of Pandas: Ripple Effect Images: Sources for topics discussed: Instyle Badass 50 Women: Reteti Elephant Sanctuary: NatGeo Live: Jane Goodall Institute: Jane Goodall documentary: Manfrotto: Nikon: Samburu: David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust: Carl Safina: Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel: Giraffes “humming” paper: West African giraffe success story: Ami’s NatGeo panda story: Zhang Hemin aka “Papa Panda”: ...full show notes @
March 11, 2019
Carl Safina - What Animals Think And Feel
Carl Safina is a conservationist and writer. His writing about the living world has won a MacArthur “genius” prize, Pew, and Guggenheim Fellowships in addition to countless awards and medals. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, TIME, Audubon, National Geographic News and Views, Huffington Post,, and numerous other publications. He has a PhD in Ecology from Rutgers, hosted the PBS show 'Saving the Ocean,' and runs the nonprofit Safina Center at Stony Brook University. He has written seven books, including Song for the Blue Ocean. We spend the majority of the conversation discussing his latest, Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel. It discusses the similarity between human and nonhuman consciousness, self-awareness, empathy and emotional intelligence. The book is an examination of humanity's place in the world and calls us to re-evaluate how we interact with animals.  Please check out and support Carl’s work: Web site: Books: Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel: TED talk: PBS show: Nonprofit: Facebook: Instagram: Sources for topics discussed: Crows rival monkeys in cognitive functions: Blackfish: Windshield Phenomenon: DDT: Planet Earth: Peregrines in NYC: CA condor success story: Sumatran Rhino story by Jeremy Hance: Sumatran rhino capture: Bernd Heinrich: The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert: Diane Ackerman: BBC Planet Earth: Center for Biological Diversity: NRDC: Save The Elephants: Big Life Foundation: Yellowstone Forever: Amboseli Trust for Elephants: Cheetah Fund: Snow Leopard Conservancy: Full show notes @
March 04, 2019
Greg McCann - Searching for Noah's Ark
Today’s guest is Greg McCann. Greg has a very interesting story. He has taken it upon himself to travel to some of the most remote wildernesses of Southeast Asia to find isolated ecosystems where not only have very few people have ever ventured, but very small populations of highly endangered species still exist. He then sets up remote camera traps, in hopes of capturing proof of these animals’ existence, to encourage support from nonprofits and governments to protect these areas.  He has located critically endangered Sumatran tigers, found Asian elephants in an area where people hadn’t seen proof of their existence in over ten years, and is hoping to discover a previously unknown population of orangutans. Lastly, we even get into detailed stories of sightings of a creature known as the orang pendek, which is essentially the bigfoot of Southeast Asia. Please check out and support Greg’s work: Greg’s book: Greg’s recent article: Another: Sources for topics discussed: Phil Davis: Tiger Awareness: Helmeted hornbill NatGeo video: Lost TV show: Orang Pendek: Leuser Ecosystem Action Fund: Cambodian genocide: Cambodian - Vietnamese War: Freeland: Habitat ID: People Resources and Conservation Foundation (PRCF): Sumatran Rhino story by Jeremy Hance: Tiger poachers photo and story: Wildlife Alliance: Douc Langur study with Greg: Douc Langur Foundation: Full show notes @
February 25, 2019
Dr. Jodi Rowley - Discovering New Frogs!
Dr. Jodi Rowley is a biologist with a focus on amphibian diversity, ecology and conservation. Jodi and her team have discovered a multitude of amphibian species never before known to science and have gone to the most extreme lengths to find them. I found this conversation to be absolutely fascinating. We talk about: - trekking into remote Cambodian rainforests during monsoon season  - getting attacked by leeches in the jungle - benefits amphibians bring to humans and ecosystems - why they are being lost at an unprecedented rate - and how we may be able to help Please check out and support Jodi’s work: Sources for topics discussed: Vampire flying frog discovery: The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert: Chytrid fungus: Australian waterfall frog: Australian lace-lid frog: Kihansi spray today returns to Tanzania: Red-crowned toadlet: Frog ID: Pokemon Go: Mount Fansipan: Pink and yellow frog with spikes discovery: Jodi’s TED talk: Frog glue: Vietnam mossy frog: Australian Museum: David Attenborough: In Search of the Golden Frog by Marty Crump: Full show notes @
February 18, 2019
Cristina Mittermeier - SeaLegacy
Cristina Mittermeier is a contributing photographer, speaker, and explorer for National Geographic. She is the Founder and President of SeaLegacy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the protection of the world’s oceans through storytelling with her partner, Canadian photographer Paul Nicklen. She founded the prestigious International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP) to provide a platform for photographers working on environmental issues.  Cristina has received the Smithsonian Conservation Photographer of the Year Award and been named one of National Geographic’s 2018 Adventurers of the Year. She is also the first female photojournalist to reach one million followers on Instagram. We talk about: - swimming in icy Norwegian waters with orcas - floating beside an American crocodile in Cuba - the heartbreaking video of a starving polar bear that she filmed last year - and what it truly will take to save our oceans Please check out and support Cristina’s work: Sources for topics discussed: Jacques Cousteau: Blue Planet sperm whale family: dying baby penguin: starving polar bear: Tony Wu: Lonely Whale: Adrian Grenier: Racing Extinction: Racing Extinction extinct bird video: Japan resuming commercial whaling: Louie Psihoyos: SeaLegacy “STOP ICELAND WHALING”: SeaLegacy “ban deathnets”: Shawn Heinrichs: Paul Hilton: Fishing village success story for manta rays: Cristina swimming with orcas in Norway: Timothy Treadwell: Grizzly Man: Paul Nicklen: Paul Nicklen spirit bears: International League of Conservation Photographers: Full show notes available @
February 11, 2019
Shannon Wild - Coffee + Komodos
Shannon Wild! is an absolutely incredible wildlife photographer and cinematographer. Shannon has worked with clients such as Nat Geo WILD, WildAid, and the United Nations. She has written three books, runs photographic expeditions, and founded Wild In Africa, a business that creates handmade beaded bracelets that are very cool, but even cooler is that she donates 50% of sales to carefully selected wildlife conservation organizations that she has worked directly with. Shannon is also married to another friend of the podcast, Russell MacLaughlin, who was on the podcast a couple months ago. They do a lot of their work together so you will hear us mention Russ quite a few times in the conversation. We talk about: - their film on the black panther in India - standing next to a Komodo dragon - what it’s like to be attacked by a cheetah ....and much, much more! Please check out and support Shannon’s work: YouTube: full video @ Sources for topics discussed: RED cameras: Komodo dragons video: Cheetah attack: Cheetah ‘supermoms’ / Eleanor: Blue white-lipped viper Komodo Island: RED collective ‘The Wilds’: Margot Raggett IG: Michelle Valberg IG: Cristina Mittermeier IG: Ami Vitale IG: Dhole / elephant: Nespresso: Wild In Africa: Wild Tomorrow Fund: Zambian Carnivore Programme: Conan O’Brien podcast: Lizards eating insects on lions: Half Earth project: Alive book / Uruguayan Rugby team: Shannon Wild’s YouTube:
January 21, 2019
Shem Compion - Photo Safaris
Shem Compion is an adventurer, nature photographer, creative, author and photography hide builder. He runs C4 Photo Safaris, a company with a simple goal - to bring clients to the best wildlife locations, in the best season with the best photo guides so you can take the best photos. We discuss: - Working with BBC to capture lions hunting elephants for the Planet Earth series - The struggle of rhinos in Africa - A leopard attacking a porcupine ....and much, much more! Please check out and support Shem’s work: Sources for topics discussed: Planet Earth - lions hunting elephants: Shem’s paper on lion predation on elephants: Planet Earth II - lion vs giraffe: Blue Planet II - crab vs. eel vs. octopus: giraffes sleeping: Nikon D5: Dr. James Borrell: Endangered Wildlife Trust: Maasai: Datooga: Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown: Encounters with the Dragon by John Hone: Eternal Enemies documentary by Dereck and Beverly Joubert: Full show notes @ Full video @
January 14, 2019
Ken Geiger - Pulitzer
Ken Geiger is a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer who served nearly twelve years with National Geographic Magazine as Deputy Director of Photography. We discuss: - photojournalism - a 3200 year old Sequoia tree  - wild dogs in Africa  - desert foxes in Morocco  - his widely celebrated photo of a solar eclipse that also sparked a little controversy Please check out and support Ken’s work: Full show notes @ Full video @
January 07, 2019
Amber Jackson + Emily Hazelwood - Rigs-to-Reefs
Amber Jackson and Emily Hazelwood are marine scientists, explorers, and entrepreneurs. They are founders of the certified, women-owned marine environmental consulting firm, Blue Latitudes. We talk about their program Rigs-to-Reefs, where offshore oil platforms that are no longer being used by oil companies are modified so they can continue to support marine life as artificial reefs. Please check out and support Amber and Emily’s work: Petition with Patagonia: YouTube:
November 20, 2018
Russell MacLaughlin - Filming the Black Panther
Russell MacLaughlin is an award-winning wildlife filmmaker, photographer, naturalist, and conservationist who creates with groups like National Geographic, WildAid, and Disneynature. We discuss: - his new film project documenting one of the rarest animals in the world, the black panther in India - swimming with crocodiles - lemurs in Madagascar - wolves playing with bears in Scandinavia Please check out and support Russell’s work: Full show notes @ Full video @
November 12, 2018
Jeremy Hance - Weird Species!
Jeremy Hance is a journalist with experience writing about wildlife, climate change, energy politics, animal behavior, and much more for outlets like Mongabay and The Guardian. We talk about: - solenodons: venomous, nocturnal, burrowing mammals found in the Caribbean that can trace their lineage back to the dinosaurs - the Sumatran rhino: a small, hairy rhino on the brink of extinction that does lives in Indonesia but no one ever sees it - as well as Half Earth, an ambitious yet exciting proposal that aims to be the future of conservation and save life on this planet Please check out and support Jeremy’s work: Full show notes @ Full video @
October 29, 2018
Dr. James Borrell - Optimism + Conservation
Dr. James Borrell is a conservation scientist and science communicator with a passion for adventurous expeditions and conservation fieldwork. I really enjoyed this fascinating conversation including discussions on: - invasive species - trophy hunting - discovering a new species of amphibian in Madagascar - using dogs that think they are goats to save cheetahs - why we should be optimistic about conservation in general Please check out and support James’s work: TED Talk: Full show notes @ Full video @
October 22, 2018
Matt Draper - Replace Fear With Fascination
Matt Draper is an internationally acclaimed fine art photographer. Matt uses his imagery to foster love for the ocean, by replacing fear with fascination. We discuss: Free diving with humpback whales in Tonga Traveling for two weeks on an ice-breaking boat to find king penguins on Macquarie Island Watching two elephant seals fight Cage diving with great white sharks Swimming with spotted eagle rays, sea turtles, tiger sharks and everything else you can imagine Please check out and support Matt’s work: Full show notes @
September 24, 2018
Elliott Neep - Tigers in India
Elliott Neep is an award-winning wildlife photographer and photographic guide. He has produced articles for major photographic publications, including BBC Wildlife magazine and the National Press. Included stories: - searching for tigers in India - witnessing hyenas hunt flamingos in Africa - extreme trips to the Arctic and Antarctic - why Elliott decided to leave social media Please check out and support Elliott’s work: Full show notes @ Full video @
September 17, 2018
Dan Westergren - Polar Exploration
Dan Westergren has spent three decades producing award-winning images as a National Geographic Society photographer, photo editor, and social media strategist. He has served as Director of Photography at National Geographic Travel, and as a result, is probably the most well traveled individual that I have ever had the pleasure of speaking with. Included stories: - various trips from the North Pole all the way down to the Antarctic Peninsula, where he’s been six times! - Ernest Shackleton, the famed polar explorer, and the insane, heroic stories of his expeditions - grappling with fear while climbing the Matterhorn - cage diving with great whites in South Australia Please check out and support Dan’s work: Full show notes @ Full video @
September 10, 2018
Richard Peters - Back Garden Safari
Richard Peters is a UK-based wildlife photographer and Nikon ambassador who has received numerous accolades for his work, including being named the European Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Included stories: - the photo that he almost intentionally deleted that went on to win his first award - his award-winning collection of beautiful images taken from his own backyard of pigeons, badgers, foxes and other common creatures - winters in Yellowstone - puffin colonies of the Skomer Islands - his flight from Slovenia to the UK that was diverted due to a bomb scare Please check out and support Richard’s work: Full show notes @ Full video @
September 03, 2018
Jed Weingarten - Snow Leopards in the Wild!
Jed Weingarten is an accomplished wildlife photographer based in Bozeman, Montana who has spent much of his professional career in China. Included stories: - being one of the very few to not only see but film snow leopards in the wild - the current state of conservation in China - the rush of flying over a waterfall in a kayak - how to be accepted into a wolf pack! Please check out and support Jed’s work: Full show notes @ Full video @
August 27, 2018
Tayla McCurdy - African Safari!
Tayla McCurdy is a guide on safariLIVE, a live stream from the African wilderness every single day on YouTube and TV. Tayla splits her time between the Sabi Sands in South Africa and the Masai Mara in Kenya leading this unscripted broadcast. She is super fun and I had an absolute blast chatting about her work, her photography and stories from the bush. Included stories: - a dangerous moment when her group was stuck between a horny bull elephant and a group of females - the chaos of the Great Migration - a recent experience with a mongoose she found doing something so bizarre and so funny that the video quickly went viral Please check out and support Tayla’s work: Full show notes @
August 20, 2018
Shawn Heinrichs - Undercover and Underwater
Shawn Heinrichs is an Emmy Award winning cinematographer, photographer, scuba diver, and marine conservationist. You may recognize him from the documentary, Racing Extinction. His conservation focus areas include ending the global slaughter of sharks, protecting manta and mobula rays, and establishing marine protected areas. Included stories: - going undercover to expose the endangered species trade - saving a manta ray - getting surrounded by a juvenile gang in Ecuador - finding HUNDREDS of whale sharks together in one place - his amazing work protecting endangered marine species by guiding and supporting communities towards sustainable industries Please check out and support Shawn’s work: Full show notes @ Full video @
August 13, 2018
Yaron Schmid - Eleven Lions in a Tree
Yaron Schmid is a veterinarian, wildlife photographer and African safari guide. Included stories: - cheetahs jumping onto his roofless car - watching baby leopards and lions - dik diks: an antelope the size of a pocket book dog - the sad story of the murder of Tanzania’s leading elephant conservationist - staring into the eyes of a baby gorilla Please check out and support Anand’s work: Full show notes @ Full video @
August 06, 2018
Drew Rush - Mountain Lions, Bears + Wolves!
Drew Rush is a wildlife and natural history photographer based in Wyoming. If you follow @natgeo and @natgeotravel on Instagram, you will likely recognize his name and photos. He is a remote camera specialist, using camera traps to capture never before seen animal behavior in the wild. Included stories: Floating above the world in a powered paraglider - tracking and photographing wolf packs in Alaska - being charged by not one, but two grizzly bears - contracting an mysterious infection in the jungle waters of the Amazon - getting stuck in waist deep in snow as a mountain lion approaches - using photography to support research and conservation Please check out and support Drew’s work: Full show notes @ Full video @
July 30, 2018
Federico Veronesi - Tracking the Elusive Caracal
When I think of stunning wildlife photography, Kenya-based Federico Veronesi always is amongst the top of my list. His imagery is insanely beautiful. Living in Kenya, he has an intimate knowledge of individual animals that he has watched for years and that comes across in his work in a profound way. Included stories: - his bold and inspiring journey that brought him from Italy to Kenya to become a wildlife photographer - his years spent tracking caracals, mysterious African cats that receive much less mainstream attention than leopards and lions due to their elusive nature - being surrounded by baby elephants - the complexity and importance of conservation issues affecting African wildlife Please check out and support Federico’s work: (Facebook) (his book, Light and Dust) Full show notes @ Full video @
July 02, 2018
Alastair Pollock - Sharks, Seals + Sea Dragons!
Alastair Pollock is an underwater photographer based in Sydney, Australia. Included stories: - swimming with sneaky sharks that get too close for comfort - realizing you’ve gone too close to a fur seal colony - how to find a leafy sea dragon - what the hammer of a hammerhead shark feels like Please check out and support Alastair’s work: Full show notes @ Full video @
June 28, 2018
Anand Varma - Parasites!
Anand Varma is a photographer with a degree in integrative biology from UC Berkeley. He helps biologists communicate their research through photographs, and tell the story behind the science of complex issues. Included stories: - mind controlling parasites - zombie ladybugs - a near death experience with a volcano - glowing mushrooms - bee pollination - hummingbirds Please check out and support Anand’s work: full show notes @
June 25, 2018
Michelle Valberg - the Arctic Adventurer
Michelle Valberg is a Canadian wildlife photographer and nonprofit leader with several books to her name. She is a Nikon Ambassador and was named as the first ever Canadian Geographic Photographer-in-Residence. She founded Project North, a nonprofit that delivers education and sports-based opportunities to youth in Canada’s Arctic. If you love bears like I do, this podcast is for you! Included stories: - intimate experiences with spirit bears - a way too close for comfort encounter with a polar bear - the ice grizzlies of Canada - swimming with narwhals, the real unicorns of this world! Please check out and support Michelle’s work: (nonprofit work) Full show notes @ Full interview video @
June 21, 2018
Keith Connelly - African Adventure
Keith Connelly is a wildlife guide, photographic guide, professional photographer and travel addict. Included stories: - being shoved by a gorilla - getting caught in gunfire on a hippo-filled lake - climbing Kilimanjaro - conservation ideologies in Africa Please check out and support Keith’s work: Full show notes @ Full video @
June 18, 2018
Margot Raggett - Remembering Wildlife
Margot Raggett is a renowned wildlife photographer and conservationist. Her Remembering Wildlife series of photographic books include contributions from some of the greatest wildlife photographers in the world and all proceeds are directly donated to important conservation work. Remembering Elephants, Rhinos, and Great Apes have received tremendous celebrity support and collectively raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to protect these species. Included stories: - the Remembering Wildlife series and conservation projects supported via funds raised - meeting Sudan, the last male Northern white rhino - visiting chimpanzees and mountain gorillas - the trophy hunting debate - a conversation with the legendary Jane Goodall Please check out and support Margot’s work: full show notes @
June 14, 2018
John Marriott - Spirit Bears, Grizzlies and Wolves!
John Marriott is a Canadian wildlife photographer, author, personality and outspoken conservation advocate. Included stories: - relaxing with spirit bears in the Great Bear Rainforest - photographing the ice grizzlies of the Arctic Circle in Canada’s Yukon - four years tracking the Pipestone wolves in Banff National Park - the massive caribou migration - black-footed ferrets in Saskatchewan after being absent from Canada for almost a century Please check out and support Tony’s work: (photos, books, events) (tours / workshops) (YouTube / web series) Full show notes @ Full video @
June 11, 2018
Tony Wu - The Whale Whisperer
Tony Wu is a multiple winner at the Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards, most well known for his work underwater with whales and other cetaceans. Included stories: - Tony’s terrifying experience with a sperm whale that changed the course of his life - an underwater phenomenon that he is the only person on Earth to ever document - mass gatherings of whales - swimming with orcas - conservation issues affecting the future of the gentle giants. Please check out and support Tony’s work: Full show notes @ Full video @
June 07, 2018