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Just the Zoo of Us

Just the Zoo of Us

By Just The Zoo Of Us
Join us, Christian and Ellen Weatherford, while we review your favorite species of animals and rate them out of ten in the categories of effectiveness, ingenuity and aesthetics.
Transcripts can be found at justthezooofus.com 😊
Got a species you want us to review? Submit your animal friend to us at ellen@justthezooofus.com and when we review your animal we'll give you a shoutout 😊
Cover art by Mrs. Brainbow (Taylor Gordon-Wood)!
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1: American Alligator & Florida Manatee

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76: Olympic Torrent Salamander w/ Travis Kurtz!
Join Ellen and special guest Travis Kurtz for a review of Washington's very own Olympic torrent salamander! In this episode, we go over what makes salamanders so charming, the mysteries that make this little one so special, and what it's like to study them.
47:26
November 20, 2020
75: Coquerel's Sifaka w/ Keriann McGoogan!
Join Ellen and special guest Keriann McGoogan for a review of Coquerel's sifaka! In this episode, we chat about what makes sifakas so special as well as what it's like to work with and study them in the wild in Madagascar.  This episode was made in collaboration with the Lemur Conservation Network for the World Lemur Festival. You can celebrate World Lemur Day on Friday, October 30! https://www.lemurconservationnetwork.org/world-lemur-day/
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October 28, 2020
74: Scalloped Hammerhead w/ Ryan Hegseth!
Join Ellen and special guest Ryan Hegseth for a review of the scalloped hammerhead! In this episode, we review what makes this hammerhead shark so successful and charming in addition to some slight detours along the way, visiting topics like octopus hickeys, learning to fight fear with education, and Shark Week.
58:26
October 22, 2020
73: Hagfish & Secretary Bird
Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode Ellen untangles the slimebeast of the ocean floor, the hagfish, and Christian kicks it up a notch with the relentlessly stylish secretary bird.
47:11
October 14, 2020
72: Coyotes w/ Jazmin Murphy!
Join Ellen & special guest Jazmin Murphy (AKA Sunny) for a review of the iconic coyote! In this episode, we discuss how coyotes have adapted to thrive in a wide variety of environments and what makes them so delightfully special.
52:22
October 8, 2020
71: Dominican Anole w/ Chelsea Connor!
Join Ellen and special guest Chelsea Connor for a review of the Dominican anole! In this episode we talk dewlaps, eyespots, and what it's like to work with these little lizards with big attitudes. Photo: Chelsea Connor
42:10
September 30, 2020
70: American Bison & Giraffe-Necked Weevil
Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Christian charges in with the American bison and Ellen explains the quirky appearance and lifestyle of the giraffe-necked weevil.
47:45
September 23, 2020
69: Gopher Tortoise w/ Tori Wingerter!
Join Ellen and special guest Tori Wingerter for a review of Florida's very own dinosaur burger, the gopher tortoise! We dig in to what makes these mini tanks so special and delightful, and why they're so important to their ecosystems.
49:00
September 16, 2020
68: Pigeon & Banded Sea Krait
Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Ellen brings it home with the common pigeon & Christian explains what makes the sea krait a real spicy noodle.
55:46
September 9, 2020
67: Sawfish w/ Jasmin Graham!
Join Ellen and special guest Jasmin Graham for a review of the most dangerous snoot in the water, the sawfish! In this episode we discuss what's up with that wild saw on their face, what makes them such impressive predators, how they're affected by human activity, and what we can do to help.
47:06
September 2, 2020
66: Pika & North American Giant Millipede
Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Christian takes us on a tour of the pika's digestive system & Ellen shows some love to the North American giant millipede and its role as an unsung ecological hero. (Heads up: this episode mentions poop a lot.)
49:41
August 26, 2020
65: Peregrine Falcon w/ Jason Ward!
Join Ellen and special guest Jason Ward for a review of the Sky Lamborghini, the peregrine falcon! In this episode we cover the original Falcon Punch & the amazing features that allow these birds to dominate the skies.
49:53
August 19, 2020
64: Emu & Whale Shark
Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Ellen explains why emus don't bother flying and Christian dives into the mysterious world of the cryptic whale shark.
54:56
August 12, 2020
63: Waterfall Climbing Gobies w/ Kelly Diamond!
Join Ellen and special guest Kelly Diamond for a review of Hawaii's peculiar and charming waterfall climbing gobies, o'opu nopili! In this episode we talk about the unique adaptations that these gobies have developed to allow them to overcome some impressive obstacles, as well as the adaptations the scientists had to develop to overcome some unexpected challenges in studying these unique fish!
54:14
August 5, 2020
62: Golden Mole & Red-Bellied Piranha
Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Christian gives us the lowdown on a shimmering jelly bean, the golden mole, and Ellen sets the record straight on piranhas. Photos: Galen Rathbun (golden mole), Gregory Moine (red-bellied piranha)
57:18
July 29, 2020
61: Geladas w/ Patsy DeLacey!
Join Ellen and special guest Patsy DeLacey for a review of the "bleeding heart" monkey, the gelada! In this episode we talk about what makes this monkey so unique AND so beautiful, as well as what it's like to work with them in the Simien Mountains.
40:56
July 22, 2020
60: Wolverine & Suriname Toad
Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Ellen squares up with the wolverine & Christian takes us on a leisurely stroll down Nightmare Lane with the Suriname toad. Check it out! Photos: Jonathan Othén (wolverine) & Matthieu Berroneau (Suriname toad)
48:15
July 15, 2020
59: Planarians w/ Prof. Oné R. Pagán!
Join Ellen and special guest, the bookworm with a worm book,  Prof. Oné R. Pagán for a review of the mysterious squiggles straight out of science fiction, planarians! In this episode we learn about what makes these worms so fascinating and how they serve as research models that could help save human lives.
1:00:18
July 8, 2020
58: Bold Jumping Spider & North American Porcupine
Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Christian leaps to new heights with the bold jumping spider & Ellen desperately resists giving the North American porcupine a great big hug. ***Photos by Tibor Nagy (bold jumping spider) and Janice Sveda (porcupine)***
45:51
July 1, 2020
57: Snow Leopard w/ Charlotte Hacker!
Join Ellen and special guest Charlotte Hacker for a review of the elusive fluffball of the mountains, the snow leopard! In this week's episode we talk about what makes these beautiful cats so hard to find and so worth protecting. ***Photo: Dennis W. Donohue***
46:00
June 24, 2020
56: Vampire Finch & Eastern Indigo Snake
Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Ellen takes us to the Galápagos Islands to learn about the vampire finch & Christian tells us what makes the Eastern indigo snake really shine. ***Photos: Dr. Simon J. Pierce (vampire finch) & Kevin Schafer (indigo snake)
50:30
June 17, 2020
55: Naked Mole Rat w/ Benjamin Lancer!
Join Ellen & special guest Benjamin Lancer for a review of the sand puppy, AKA the naked mole rat! In this week's episode, we dig in to what makes these wrinkly little guys such marvels of nature and what unexpected adaptations they've developed that lets them thrive in their crowded underground burrows. ***Photo: Oregon Zoo***
52:42
June 10, 2020
54: Texas Horned Lizard & Sperm Whale
Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode Ellen reviews the spiciest pancake in the desert, the Texas horned lizard, and Christian dives deep into the world of the sperm whale.
39:51
May 27, 2020
53: Sharks w/ Dr. Catherine Macdonald!
Join Ellen and special guest Dr. Catherine Macdonald for a review of... sharks! In this episode, we tour the diversity of sharks, learn about some of the incredible ways they have adapted to excel, and examine the relationships humans have with sharks & how you (yes, you) can help them.
1:04:45
May 20, 2020
52: Our First Anniversary Q&A!
As of the day this episode airs, Just the Zoo of Us will have been broadcasting for one full calendar year! In this episode, we celebrate by answering fun and thoughtful questions from our listeners and friends. We're incredibly thankful for everyone who has joined and supported us on this amazing journey. 
51:19
May 13, 2020
51: Wrasses w/ Yi-Kai Tea!
Join Ellen and special guest Yi-Kai Tea for a review of the mind-blowingly diverse and impressive wrasse family! In this episode we go over the crucial roles wrasses play in their ecosystems, how expertly they've adapted to excel in those roles, and of course how striking their beautiful colors and markings are. 
39:59
May 6, 2020
50: Moose & Desert Rain Frog
Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Christian reviews the towering moose & Ellen squeals over the desert rain frog.
43:33
April 29, 2020
49: Bobtail Squid w/ Dr. Sarah McAnulty!
Join Ellen and special guest Dr. Sarah McAnulty for a review of the sparkly dumpling of the sea, the Hawaiian bobtail squid! In this episode we talk about the amazing inner workings of these soft round friends, their complex relationship with very special bacteria, and the amazing science communication project Skype a Scientist!
52:16
April 22, 2020
48: Southern Flannel Moth & Chambered Nautilus
Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Ellen warns you not to touch the deceptively fuzzy caterpillar of the southern flannel moth & Christian waxes poetic about the chambered nautilus.
39:56
April 15, 2020
47: Tiger w/ Tyus Williams!
Join Ellen and special guest Tyus Williams for a review of the strikingly striped tiger! In this episode, we basically just gush about how amazing tigers are for an hour. It's wonderful.
53:52
April 8, 2020
46: The Doomerang w/ Isaac!
Join Ellen and a special guest for a very serious and definitely completely true review of an incredible animal so rare that only one person on Earth has ever studied it: 6-year-old Isaac.
24:23
April 1, 2020
45: Hippopotamus & Northern Mockingbird
Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Christian treats us to some delightfully absurd hippo facts and stories & Ellen sings praises for the northern mockingbird.
51:21
March 25, 2020
44: Green Anole w/ Emily Bell!
Join Ellen and special guest Emily Bell for a Florida native wildlife review! In this week's episode, Emily deepens our appreciation for a Florida icon, the green anole, as well as the native ecosystem, impacts of invasive species, adaptability in the face of competition, and the beauty dwelling in even the most ordinary, everyday little lizard: in the words of Rev. S. Lockwood, "everything that is commendable, clean, inoffensive, pretty, and wonderfully entertaining, provoking harmless mirth, and stirring up in the thinker the profoundest depths of his philosophy."
1:13:42
March 18, 2020
43: Roseate Spoonbill & Tree Kangaroo
Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Ellen clacks her beak over roseate spoonbills & Christian climbs to new heights with Matschie's tree kangaroo.
41:03
March 11, 2020
42: Tuatara w/ Thomas Rillstone!
Join the Weatherfords and special guest Thomas Rillstone from the History of Aotearoa New Zealand podcast for a review of the tuatara! In this episode we get educated on what makes this ancient reptile and other New Zealand wildlife so special, with a few fun surprises along the way.
1:02:07
March 4, 2020
41: Red Velvet "Ant" & Solomon Islands Skink
Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Christian hypes up the showstopping fashion sense of the red velvet ant and Ellen recounts what makes the Solomon Islands skink a very unique friend.
35:31
February 26, 2020
40: Harris's Hawk w/ Corina Newsome!
Join Ellen and special guest Corina Newsome for an animal review! In this week's episode, Corina shares her insight on Harris's hawk, with sharp talons and even sharper minds, as well as birding, wildlife education and science communication.
34:28
February 19, 2020
39: Fennec Fox & Horseshoe Crab
Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Ellen explains the special ears of the fennec fox & Christian gives us the story about the Atlantic horseshoe crab's blue blood.
1:04:03
February 12, 2020
38: Rothschild's Giraffe w/ Kattie Stoneman!
Join the Weatherfords and special guest Kattie Stoneman for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Kattie shares insight into the giraffe world from her experience working with these very tall friends.
58:08
February 5, 2020
37: Common Cuttlefish & Giant African Land Snail
Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's mollusc mania, Christian hypnotizes us with cuttlefish wisdom and Ellen confronts some biases against snail intelligence.
59:29
January 29, 2020
36: Burmese Python w/ Corbin Maxey!
Join the Weatherfords and special guest Corbin Maxey from Animals to the Max for an animal review! In this week's episode, we get to know our wildlife expert friend and Corbin takes the reigns to rate and review the Burmese python.
57:58
January 22, 2020
35: Dik Dik & Bobbit Worm
Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Ellen whistles a tune about the antelope fairy, Kirk's dik dik, and Christian brings us back to the abyss of horrors with the Bobbitt worm!
44:15
January 15, 2020
34: Anglerfish & Desert Kangaroo Rat
Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Christian lights the way with the humpback anglerfish & Ellen kicks back with the desert kangaroo rat.
38:47
January 8, 2020
33: Luna Moth & Koala
Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Ellen reviews the spectacular real-life fairy, the luna moth, and Christian rates the grey bag bear, the koala.
58:22
January 1, 2020
32: Inca Tern & European Eel
Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Christian gives us a lesson on the role of the Inca tern's droppings in United States history & Ellen tells the story of the European eel doing the absolute most.
38:40
December 11, 2019
31: Sudan Plated Lizard & Orca (LIVE)
Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's special live episode at Cultivate in Jacksonville Florida, Ellen meets a Sudan plated lizard face-to-face and Christian tells us why we would not want to meet an orca face-to-face.
40:12
December 4, 2019
30: Blue Footed Booby & Dingo
Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Christian explains where the supremely elegant blue-footed booby gets its very serious and dignified name and Ellen howls about the controversial dingo.
36:17
November 27, 2019
29: Delacour's Langur & Komodo Dragon
Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Ellen reviews Vietnam's best-dressed citizens, Delacour's langur, and Christian backs up the Komodo dragon's swagger.
44:34
November 20, 2019
28: Great Potoo & African Giant Pouched Rat
Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Christian does a spot-on impression of a potoo & Ellen drops some knowledge bombs about the African giant pouched rat.
40:46
November 13, 2019
27: Sentry Dragonfly & Leafy Sea Dragon
Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's dragon-themed episode, Ellen focuses her complete attention on the sentry dragonfly and Christian spotlights the decorated diva of the sea, the leafy.
51:27
November 6, 2019
26: Black Widow & Vampire Squid
Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's very special very spooky episode, Christian debunks some myths about the black widow spider & Ellen illuminates the mysterious vampire squid.
45:42
October 30, 2019
25: Capybara & Gaboon Viper
Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Ellen chills out in the capybara language & Christian begs you not to touch the Gaboon viper.
48:48
October 23, 2019
24: Tardigrade & Platypus
Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Christian zooms in on the tardigrades & Ellen demystifies the unique platypus.
54:58
October 16, 2019
23: Roly Poly & Keel-billed Toucan
Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this episode, Ellen conglobates with the roly poly and Christian revels in the fabulous keel-billed toucan.
50:50
October 9, 2019
22: Mata Mata & Emperor Penguin
Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Christian educates us on the mata mata turtle and Ellen praises the world's most dedicated dad bod, the emperor penguin.
44:47
October 2, 2019
21: Coquí & Bombardier Beetle
Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Ellen sings the song of the coquí and Christian blasts us with some hot & spicy knowledge on the bombardier beetle.
42:24
September 25, 2019
20: Jaguar & Bearded Vulture
Join the Weatherfords for an animal review! In this week's episode, Christian spots South America's greatest overachiever, the jaguar, and Ellen "falls" in love with the clever bearded vulture.
51:06
September 18, 2019
19: Quokka & Peacock Mantis Shrimp
Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Ellen poses for a selfie with the world's worst mom, the quokka, and Christian sees the true colors of the peacock mantis shrimp.
47:53
September 11, 2019
18: Giant Manta Ray & Red Panda
Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode inspired by the Georgia Aquarium and Zoo Atlanta, Christian reviews the alien spaceship of the sea, the giant manta ray, and Ellen gushes over the "original" panda.
47:14
September 4, 2019
17: Veiled Chameleon & Kea
Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Ellen explains how and why the chameleon changes its colors and Christian educates us on the Punk Rock Icon of New Zealand, the kea.
1:00:57
August 28, 2019
16: Blobfish & Three-Toed Sloth
Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode all about dismantling unfair animal prejudices, Christian caves to peer pressure and sets the record straight on the blobfish, and Ellen shifts the narrative on the three-toed sloth.
52:08
August 21, 2019
15: Flying Fox & Honey Bee
Join the Weatherfords for an animal review! In this episode, Ellen cuddles up to the fluffy Malayan sky puppies and Christian gives us the buzz about western honey bees.
55:48
August 14, 2019
14: Botfly & Cownose Ray
Join the Weatherfords for an animal review! In this week's episode, Christian profoundly disturbs literally everyone by talking about the human botfly, and Ellen lightens the mood with some adorable sea puppies, the cownose rays.
45:10
August 7, 2019
13: Aye-aye & Raven
Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's very superstitious 13th episode, Ellen demystifies Madagascar's tree goblin the aye-aye, submitted by Dustin Barnett, and Christian sings some praises for our spooky bird friend, the raven.
38:41
July 31, 2019
12: Golden Poison Frog & Tamandua
 Join the Weatherfords for an animal review! In this week's episode, Christian gives us a cellular biology lesson about the golden poison frog & Ellen tells youexactly why you do not want to come at the tamandua, bro.
44:34
July 24, 2019
11: Meerkat & Warthog
 Join the Weatherfords for an animal review! In this week's episode, Ellen & Christian review the problem-free philosophies of the famous meerkat and warthog.
46:18
July 17, 2019
10: Atlantic Puffin & Aardwolf
Join the Weatherfords for an animal review! In this week's episode, Christian gushes over the Atlantic puffin & Ellen sheds a little light on the mysterious aardwolf.
46:06
July 10, 2019
9: Axolotl & Goblin Shark
 Join the Weatherfords for an animal review! In this week's episode, Ellen illuminates the axolotl's superpowers and Christian trashes the nightmarish horror of the deep, the goblin shark.
42:00
June 26, 2019
8: Florida Panther & Red Lionfish
Join the Weatherfords for an animal review! In this week's episode, Christian teaches us about the Florida panther and Ellen publicly calls out the lionfish for its egregious crimes. 
40:39
June 19, 2019
7: Asian Elephant & Immortal Jellyfish
Join the Weatherfords for an animal review! In this episode, Ellen fawns over the Asian elephant and Christian introduces us to a true hero, Mr. Immortal Jellyfish Man.
54:06
June 11, 2019
6: Canada Lynx & Shoebill
 Join the Weatherfords for an animal review! In this episode,  Christian respects the lynx's magnificent beard & Ellen has a few hot takes for the world's spiciest bird.
50:59
May 31, 2019
5: Blue Dragon Sea Slug & Water Moccasin
 Join the Weatherfords for an animal review! In this episode,  Ellen warns us not to touch the blue dragon sea slug & Christian defends our plump pals, the water moccasins.
44:18
May 24, 2019
4: Osprey & Arabian Camel
Join the Weatherfords for an animal review! In this episode, Christian teaches us all the osprey swoop & Ellen projectile vomits her very strong feelings about the Arabian camel.
37:56
May 17, 2019
3: Praying Mantis & Giant Panda
Join the Weatherfords for an animal review! In this episode, Ellen kinkshames praying mantises and Christian exposes the truly limitless laziness of the giant panda. LISTENER DISCRETION: We talk about reproduction in this episode.
45:05
May 14, 2019
2: Electric Eel & Okapi
Join the Weatherfords for an animal review! In this episode, Christian lays down some eelectrifying knowledge and Ellen talks about the mysterious, secretive okapi.
35:47
May 14, 2019
1: American Alligator & Florida Manatee
Join the Weatherfords for an animal review! In this episode, Ellen recalls her gator coven and Christian rejects the cetology of sea pigs.
49:25
May 14, 2019