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Just Animals

Just Animals

By Elle, Guy and Sam the Zoo Keeper
This podcast is for all the animal lovers out there that enjoy learning mixed with off the cuff humor and commentary.

Each episode will focus on a specific animal giving insight into their; size, stature, habitat, diet, behavior, unique characteristics, fun facts, conservation status and human encounters (if applicable.)

*Warning there is some adult language and commentary.*

We would love to hear from you guys! Send us feedback or an animal suggestion be sure to give us your name and location so we can give you a shout out! Shoot us an email at
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The Humboldt Squid Part 2: Dr. Ben Returns
Finally part two is here, Dr. Ben really comes alive in this segment.  As always you can find us on instagram @justanimalspod  Please, like subscribe, rate and review us on whatever platform you listen to us on!
May 5, 2021
The Humboldt Squid Part 1: Featuring Special Guest Dr. Ben Burford
This week we are back with a very special two part episode!  Joining us today to discuss these extremely voracious and charismatic cephalopods is Dr. Ben Burford from the Hopkins Marine Station at Stanford University! (For the record, we are all CAL fans, go bears) We feel so lucky to have Dr. Ben not only take time out of his schedule for us but also sharing his knowledge about these lovely aquatic creatures and his studies.  If you have any questions for Dr. Ben please send us an email to or message us on instagram @justanimalspod
April 22, 2021
Special Guest Episode: The Hon. Mark Pearson Discussing Animal Welfare in AUS
Join us today as we sit down with the Honorable Mr. Mark Pearson, MLC (member of the New South Wales Legislative Council), he is a member of The Animal Justice Party (the only political party in Australia dedicated to protecting all animals). From the unregulated inhumane kangaroo slaughter decimating their populations to dog racing, Mr. Pearson shares with us what is being done to combat poor and the lack thereof animal welfare in Australia. We cannot thank Mr. Pearson enough for not only his time and knowledge but also for his dedication to animal welfare.
April 8, 2021
Special Guest Episode: Dr. Chris Lowe from the CSULB Shark Lab
Join us today as we talk with the one and only Dr. Chris Lowe from the Cal State Long Beach, Shark Lab!  This episode is jam packed with excellent shark information.  We hope to have Dr. Lowe on again so send us any questions you have for him to Special thanks to Dr. Lowe for not only sharing his knowledge but also his time with us.  Use the link below to check out the Shark Lab Ps. Don't forget to follow us on instagram @justanimalspod 
March 25, 2021
Dolphins in Captivity- Featuring Special Guests, Hannah and Ben!
Join us today as we head back to Australia to discuss the ethics and unnecessary practice of not only breeding dolphins in captivity but also keeping them in captivity. Today we are very lucky to have Hannah Tait (CEO) of Action for Dolphins   ( ) and Ben Pearson Head of Campaigns at World Animal Protection AU ( join us and we educate ourselves on why captive breeding is wrong and what is being done to mediate it. We also discuss how to ethically and responsibly watch dolphins in the wild in their natural setting. Special thanks to both of them for taking the time to speak with us today. 
March 18, 2021
The Blue Footed Booby
This week we head to one of the most bio diverse areas of the world, the Galapagos Islands! Today we explore the delightfully charismatic Blue Footed Booby! Heads up! We are now doing video podcasts so be sure to check us out on youtube as well! Booby Mating Dance Sources
March 4, 2021
Security Team from The Loisaba Conservancy
Join us today for a very special episode featuring the Security team from the Loisaba Conservancy all the way in Kenya! We cannot thank Saruni and Boniface enough for their time and their devotion to animal conservation and wildlife management. Be sure to check out Loisaba in the link below!
February 26, 2021
The Moose Featuring Special Guest Dr. Sarah Hoy
Today we discuss the largest of the deer species, the moose! Additionally we have with us a very special guest Dr. Sarah Hoy from Michigan Tech University, special thank you to her for her time and knowledge, you're really going to like this episode.  Dr. Sarah's project Sources:,mainly%20for%20fighting%20and%20displaying.,predators%2C%20tended%20to%20die%20prematurely.
February 18, 2021
The Opossum
Today we discuss the creep-cute thing that goes bump in the night, the Opossum! Believe it or not they are actually very beneficial when it comes to eating ticks and slowing the spread of Lyme's Disease. Find us on instagram at justanimalspod Sources,cytotoxic%20snake%20venoms5%E2%80%938.
February 12, 2021
The Platypus Featuring Josh Griffiths the Platypus Expert! *Re-upload with Guy's Audio"
  This week we head back to the land down under to discuss what is probably the world's strangest animal, the platypus. Additionally we have our resident Platypus Expert/ Ecologist Josh Griffiths joining us today as well. Special thanks to Josh for taking time out of his busy schedule to hop on the show with us.  For some of Josh's platypus photos check out our instagram @Justanimalspod If any listeners would like to donate a few $$ or corporations like to sponsor: The Great Victorian Platypus Search - Sources:
January 30, 2021
Zoo Security Special!
Today we go behind the scenes with a former Zoo-curity officer! Thank you so much to Sam for his time and very candid answers. If you have any questions for Sam, email them to us at and don't forget to find us on Instagram @justanimalspod! 
January 21, 2021
The (Dromedary) Camel
Finally the original crew is back together for our second episode of the New Year! Join us as we talk about one of the most iconic animals of all time, the camel. As always you can find us on instagram @justanimalspod send us an email at we love hearing from you guys! Sources:,food%20and%20water%20is%20scarce.
January 14, 2021
Th Mako Shark (With special guest Rose the Mermaid)
Happy New Year! We're back not only with an awesome animal but also a very special guest, singer and songwriter Rose The Mermaid.  Be sure to check Rose out on Instagram @ _rosethemermaid  As always we love to hear from you guys, find us on Instagram @Justanimalspod or send us an email at Documentary - Sources
January 7, 2021
The Horseshoe Crab
Not actually a horseshoe and not actually a crab either . . .  This week we go back in time to an era before the dinosaurs and we discuss this ancient living fossil. We are now on Instagram! Follow us at Justanimalspod and as always send your comments and animal requests to us at Sources:,live%20up%20to%2020%20years!,first%20two%20to%20three%20years.&text=Horseshoe%20crabs%20will%20molt%2016,mature%20(Shuster%2C%201950). Reporting nesting sites in Florida website:
December 17, 2020
The Ring-Tailed Lemur
Today we venture to the remote island of Madagascar to discuss the most primitive primate, the Lemur!  Exciting news, we are now on instagram! Find us at @Justanimalspod Sources:
December 10, 2020
Bonus Thanksgiving Episode, Ask a Hunter
This bonus episode we have a very special guest, Sean the hunter. Sean dispels many of the common hunter myths and also shares why responsible avid hunters are just as concerned about animal and environmental conservation. 
November 27, 2020
The Jaguar, Featuring Special Musical Guest Jehry Robinson
For this week's episode two worlds are colliding, and not only will be discussing the animal of the week but, today we have with us (what I can say everyone on the show’s new favorite rapper, singer artist and song writer,) Jehry Robinson! In addition to Jehry, Tara (who is just as awesome) is joining us as well.  The best way I can describe Jehry’s music and style is delightfully eclectic, meaning that no matter what genre of music you like I guarantee Jehry has a song either mixed with your genre of choice or completely in that style. We cannot recommend his brand new album “20/Twenty" enough. Go give it a listen, it can be found on all music listening platforms!  As for our animal this week, today we head to the Americas to talk about the elusive "Black Panther" which you will be surprised to find out that name is actually an umbrella term for multiple big cat species. However, today we will be focusing on the (black) Jaguar! Video- EL Jefe - Sources:,%E2%80%9Ctrue%2C%20fierce%20beast.%E2%80%9D
November 13, 2020
The Polar Bear
Today we head to arctic circle and discuss one of the most iconic animals of all time, the Polar Bear!  For live feeds check out this website below Sources:,fat%20and%20huge%20padded%20feet.&text=With%20their%20keen%20sense%20of,that%20is%20six%20feet%20thick.
October 29, 2020
World Kangaroo Day! Featuring our Special Guest Nikki.
Today we have Nikki for Red Box Wildlife Shelter to shed some light on the current issues facing Australia's most famous animal. Additionally if you would like to help support the shelter please check out the link below.
October 25, 2020
The Toucan
Today we venture back to South America to discuss an animal icon, the Toco Toucan.  Sources,fair%20in%20Rio%20de%20Janeiro.
September 24, 2020
The Blue Ringed Octopus
Today we discuss one of the most notorious creatures on the plant. The deadly Blue Ringed Octopus  Sources:,that%20can%20kill%20a%20human.&text=No%20chromatophores%20are%20above%20the,cover%20or%20spectrally%20modify%20iridescence.,that%20of%20any%20land%20mammals.
September 11, 2020
The Hummingbird
Today we discuss the tiniest bird that is also quite feisty, the hummingbird.  Sources:,water%20mixtures%20in%20hummingbird%20feeders. ·
September 3, 2020
The Rhinoceros
Today we talk about one the world's largest and primitive mammals, the White Rhinoceros.  Sources:,elephant%20and%20a%20rhino's%20foot.,rolling%20around%20in%20the%20mud.,hearing%20which%20is%20well%20developed.
August 23, 2020
The Beaver
Today we head to North America to talk about a very well known animal with a reputation of being very busy! As always we love to hear from you, rate us, subscribe, leave a review or send us an email to Video - Sources:
August 15, 2020
The Wolf
Today we discuss one of the most persecuted and misunderstood animals of all time, the wolf.  link to story - Sources
August 6, 2020
The Python
Today we are back to our normal scheduled programming and we discuss one of the world's most well-known constrictors, the python. Native to South east Asia and incredibly invasive in the Florida Everglades these fascinating creatures are definitely on the beautiful and misunderstood list. Also this episode we welcome back our Resident Reptile Specialist  Chase. As always we love to hear from you all, send us an email at
July 25, 2020
Kangaroos Part 2 Featuring Our Special Guest, Aunty Ro.
Special thanks to Aunty Ro, for taking time out of her busy day to come on here and share with us and all of our lovely followers her knowledge and insight. Aunty Ro is a First Nation Woman from Australia. Today she shares with us the significance of the Kangaroo not only amongst Aboriginal Culture but also their importance as a keystone species.  Additionally we take a deep dive into the Commercial Kangaroo killing industry  and discuss the inhumane-unsustainable policies and practices that are currently in place. Some subjects are a bit graphic so do be warned. Moral of story do NOT eat kangaroo and do NOT buy kangaroo products.  Lastly, we will be doing monthly follow up segments with Aunty Ro so please do email us any questions you may have for her! We can be reached at
July 9, 2020
The Red Giant Kangaroo
Welcome to part 1 of our special 2 part episode! Part 1 is our traditional Just Animals episode. As always we love and want to hear from you, send us an email to  Sources:
July 8, 2020
Very Exciting News!
Sorry everyone, no new episode this week. This is just a teaser for something really special, our first 2 part episode will be coming out next week, so be on the lookout for that. As always we want to hear from you! Shoot us an email at
July 3, 2020
The Red Panda
Today we venture to South East Asia and discuss this very well known Old World Raccoon. Sources
June 26, 2020
The Tarantula (Special Request Episode!!)
Today we talk about one of the world's most infamous creepy crawlies! 
June 19, 2020
The Caracal (Desert Lynx)
While not actually a lynx this wild cat is a force to be reckoned with. Join us as we discuss this elusive but very aggressive wild cat. 
June 12, 2020
Dos and Don'ts of the Zoo
This week we talk about being appropriate guest and a not so appropriate guest at the zoo! Send us an email with questions 
June 6, 2020
The Honey Badger
Today we head to Africa and discuss one of the world's most notorious animals.  Also shout out to the OG Honey Badger Tyrann Mathieu (one of your humble host's went to school with this incredibly talented athlete.) Geaux Tigers and Geaux Honey Badgers!   Sources:  Video -
May 29, 2020
The Gopher Tortoise (Feat. Special Guest Chase)
This week we head back down to the swamp to talk about another animal in our own backyard (that is if you live in the continental US) Apologies for the delay of this weeks episode. We had some technical difficulties.  We were lucky enough to have an animal biologist specialist from the Ashton Biological Preserve come our show this week! Link to the Preserve below Sources:
May 24, 2020
The King Vulture
Today we head to Central and South America to discuss the brightest and prettiest of all vultures.  Sources:
May 16, 2020
The Manatee
Join us as we venture into our own backyards and discuss the Florida Manatee (Sea Cow). You will be surprised to learn what this animals closest relative is. 
May 8, 2020
The Giraffe
Today we talk about the tallest mammal on earth! Sources
May 2, 2020
The Fruit Bat (Variable Flying Fox)
We travel to the Southern Hemisphere this week to discuss a very important species of bat. FYI flying foxes are BATS, there was some confusion initially.  Bat newsletter! Sources
April 26, 2020
The Electric Eel
Today we go to the Amazon to discuss a very perplexing animal.  Sources
April 17, 2020
The Prehensile Tailed Porcupine
Today discuss this fascinating rodent with a quills that can hang upside down from its tail!  There is also some bonus family drama included . . .  Sources
April 10, 2020
The Babirusa (Deer Pig) Featuring Special Guest
Today we venture to Indonesia to discuss a very distinctive and unique looking pig.  With us this week is our special guest Bri the zookeeper aka Our Resident Swine Expert. 
April 3, 2020
The De Brazza's Monkey
Today we venture to Africa to discuss an old-world monkey with a very distinct face.  As always we want to hear from you! Email us at Sources:
March 27, 2020
The Beluga Whale
Today we venture up north to the Arctic to discuss what is probably one of the most famous whales, the Beluga Whale! Sources:
March 20, 2020
The Giant Anteater
Join us as we head back down to tropical Central and South America and talk about the Giant Anteater! As always we have Sam the Zoo keeper with us! If you have any animal suggestions or comments let us know at  2016 Attack Article Sources:
March 13, 2020
Ask a Zoo Keeper Part 1
This week Sam the Zoo Keeper answers some of your burning questions! This will be an on-going segment so if you have any questions or think of anything send them  to 
March 8, 2020
The Cassowary
Today we go down under and discuss a modern day dinosaur. Yes this is the world's most dangerous bird however, after hearing Sam talk about these animals your opinion may soften.  Sources: - This is the recent study we talked about.
February 29, 2020
The Baird's Tapir
We are welcoming back Sam the Zoo Keeper this episode! Join us as we venture down to Central and South America to discuss one of nature's oldest and primitive creatures. Looking like an elephant-pig hybrid this animal is unrelated to either species. 
February 21, 2020
The Muskox and Introducing Sam the Zoo Keeper!
Not quite an ox but an ancient tundra mammal indeed. Join us as we not only introduce a new member to the team, Sam the Zoo Keeper but also as we discuss these these incredibly old mammals with highly valuable fur coats!  As always send us an email and any questions you may have for Sam at! Special thanks to John Pratt and Nate LeBlanc for creating our awesome intro song!  Sources:
February 15, 2020
We Want To Hear From You!
We would love to hear from you guys! Questions, comments, concerns, suggestions for animals, if you or someone you know, knows  anyone in the zoology field that would want to be on our show that would be fantastic too! Email us at If you do email us, give us your name and location and we will give you a shout out! If you do not want a shout out just note that in your email! 
February 12, 2020
The Amazon (Pink) River Dolphin
Today we venture down to the Amazon to talk about a the rare and fascinating pink river dolphin. YES, there are freshwater dolphins!  Sources:
February 9, 2020
The African Wild Dog
*Apologies for the horrible sound quality there were some technical difficulties.* Yes we are headed down to Africa this week and no we did not bless the rains. Join us as we discuss an animal that is not only highly intelligent but also incredibly efficient. Sources:
February 4, 2020
The Emperor Penguin
Join us as we head down to the South Pole to talk about these truly extreme animals! Penguin being tackled for research link: If you like our show let us know! Send us an email with your name and where you are form and we will give you a shout out! As always we gladly take animals requests. We can be reached at  Sources
January 17, 2020
Season 2 Update!
Brief update!
January 13, 2020
The Binturong (Bearcat)
Not really bear and also not a cat the bearcat is an animal that may look like it’s name but actually has no relation to either of those animals. Join us as we discuss this elusive arboreal old world mammal!
December 30, 2019
The Ocelot
Join us as we talk about Sterling Archer’s favorite wild cat, the ocelot!
December 22, 2019
The Wolverine
No not that one from X-Men. We’re talking about the actual animal! These ferocious giant cantankerous weasels are a force to be reckoned with. Sources
December 16, 2019
The Barracuda
Join us as we talk about a fish with a notoriously bad reputation.
December 9, 2019
Narwhals in the News. *Anti-Terrorism Narwhal Task Force*
We wish the victims of the London Bridge incident today, a speedy recovery. Link to the story. Perhaps we should make a petition to get an Anti-Terrorism Narwhal Task Force going . . . 
November 30, 2019
The Narwhal *BONUS Thanksgiving Episode!*
Here in the US we just celebrated Thanksgiving! Ergo, please enjoy this bonus holiday episode and say thank you to all of our listeners in the US and in France! If you want to contact us we can be reached at As for today’s topic we venture way up north to the Arctic Circle to discuss the animal that inspired the unicorn myth, The Narwhal! Sources:
November 29, 2019
The Kinkajou
Join us as we discover one Central/South America’s cutest tree dwellers the kinkajou! Sources:
November 27, 2019
The Black Caiman
Join us as we venture down to the Amazon and discuss the Black Caiman. *Adult language and content* Sources:
November 18, 2019
The Tasmanian Devil
Join us as we go down under to learn more about the Tasmanian Devil! *Warning* this podcast contains some adult language.
November 8, 2019
The Komodo Dragon
Join us as we discuss the elusive Komodo Dragon. Mildly Mature content and Adult langue warning. Sorry for all the dog background noise.m
October 29, 2019
The Dingo
Today Guy and I discuss one of the outback’s most notorious creatures, the dingo.
October 23, 2019
The Aye-Aye
Join us as we talk about the elusive Aye-Aye
October 20, 2019
The Walrus
This episode I have special guest with me! Join us for an interesting talk about Walruses!
October 14, 2019
The Water Horse (Hippopotamus)
Episode one I am discussing the Hippopotamus! Sources:
October 9, 2019
Brief explanation about what this podcast is all about!
October 9, 2019