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Just the Zoo of Us

Just the Zoo of Us

By Ellen & Christian Weatherford
Join us, Ellen and Christian Weatherford, while we review your favorite species of animals and rate them out of ten in the categories of effectiveness, ingenuity and aesthetics.
More information 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). Theme music by Louie Zong.
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114: Amazon Molly & Aardvark
Ellen inspects an army of fish clones, the Amazon molly, and Christian finally digs in to the details of the inimitable aardvark. Learn how clones are made in nature, what's going on inside the aardvark's porcine snout, and why it's so crucial to never leave home without tippy-tappies. Amazon molly photo by Manfred Schartl. Aardvark photo by Michael Viard via Getty Images.
50:14
October 13, 2021
Special announcement: We're joining Maximum Fun!
We've got big, exciting, great news! Just the Zoo of Us is joining the Maximum Fun network! Listen to our announcement for more information about the network, the date of our first episode as members, and a very special treat if you stick around to the end (it's less than two minutes!). Check out Maximum Fun & their other wonderful shows over at www.maximumfun.org :)
01:57
October 8, 2021
113: Freshwater Sponges w/ Mallory McNulty!
Join Ellen & special guest Mallory McNulty for a review of our porous friends, freshwater sponges! Get the real answers to your burning sponge questions, like what a sponge feels like in your hands, how a completely stationary animal gets to new places, what kind of role they play in their ecosystem & why freshwater sponges have earned their chance in the spotlight!
42:58
October 6, 2021
112: Mexican Mole Lizard & Echidna
Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Christian reviews the reptile disguised as an earthworm, the Mexican mole lizard, and Ellen evaluates the eclectic, enigmatic echidna.
48:25
September 28, 2021
111: Common Loon w/ Ivan Phillipsen!
Join Ellen & special guest, naturalist Ivan Phillipsen, for a review of the iconic common loon! In this episode, we discuss why they got stuck with such a rude name, how they’ve managed to master both water AND air, and the hidden meanings behind those ethereal (and slightly spooky) songs in the night.  Ivan's podcast, The Science of Birds, can be found wherever you get your podcasts. For more information, visit their website at https://www.scienceofbirds.com/
50:35
September 21, 2021
110: Backswimmers w/ Gavin Campbell!
Join Ellen & special guest, ecologist Gavin Campbell, for a review of the surprising little bugs zipping just beneath the surface of a pond near you: backswimmers! In this episode, Gavin tells us his stories of raising dragons, a mysterious entomological cold case, and his very own super villain origin story.
56:29
September 15, 2021
109: Philippine Eagle & Humpback Whale
Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Ellen details what makes the Philippine eagle soar above the competition & Christian sings praises for the humpback whale.
54:47
September 6, 2021
108: Great Horned Owl w/ Ashley Bray!
Join Ellen & special guest, wildlife biologist Ashley Bray, for a review of the tigers of the sky: great horned owls! In this episode, we discuss fake ears, silent feathers, tactical pantaloons, and more. Ashley is the creator & host of the Get Out Alive podcast, which can be found at www.getoutalivepodcast.com (listener discretion advised!)
44:45
August 30, 2021
107: Thresher Shark w/ Jaida Elcock!
Join Ellen & special guest, shark scientist & co-founder of MISS Jaida Elcock, for a review of the chronically anxious scorpion of the sea: thresher sharks! Topics include the unique features that make thresher sharks particularly amazing, what it's like to study sharks, how to safely share the ocean with them, marine science in Finding Nemo, and more. You can learn more about MISS's work promoting diversity and inclusion in shark science & support their organization at their website: https://www.misselasmo.org/
58:35
August 23, 2021
106: Mudskipper & Hoatzin
Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Christian reviews how the mudskipper gets the best of both worlds & Ellen strongly relates to the smelliest living dinosaur, the hoatzin.
39:39
August 16, 2021
105: Fossa w/ Asia Murphy!
Join Ellen & special guest, ecologist Asia Murphy, for a review of the fossa! In this episode, we discuss their catlike (but not feline!) features, an unusual bachelor-deterring disguise, and what makes the buffed-up fossa such a unique and gorgeous animal. This episode was made in collaboration with the Lemur Conservation Network! Learn more about the wildlife of Madagascar & how we can help protect them at www.lemurconservationnetwork.org 
28:13
August 2, 2021
104: Blue-Eyed Black Lemur w/ Dr. Jen Tinsman!
Join Ellen & special guest, evolutionary biologist Dr. Jen Tinsman, for a review of Madagascar's striking blue-eyed black lemurs! In this episode, we discuss Madagascar's incredible biodiversity, the relationships between humans and lemurs, and just how charming these arboreal friends are.  This episode was made in collaboration with the Lemur Conservation Network. Learn more about their work supporting conservation in Madagascar at their website: https://www.lemurconservationnetwork.org/
44:27
July 26, 2021
103: Malayan Tapir & Lone Star Tick
Join the Weatherfords for an animal review! In this week's episode, Ellen takes a look at the long-snouted Malayan tapir & Christian checks every nook and cranny for lone star ticks.
49:08
July 20, 2021
102: Plants w/ Dr. Vikram Baliga!
Join Ellen & special guest, horticulturist Dr. Vikram Baliga, for a review of... plants! We left the animal kingdom for this look at some of the fascinating adaptations that plants have made to stay thriving. In this episode, we discuss millenia-old trees, diabolical beetle-trapping lilies, living toilets, cold-blooded plant warfare happening right in front of our eyes, and other fun facts guaranteed to give you a deeper appreciation for the plant life all around us.
01:03:21
July 12, 2021
101: Mantis Shrimp w/ Alice Chou!
Join Ellen & special guest, marine neurobiologist Alice Chou, for a review of the ocean's feisty boxers, mantis shrimps! In this episode, we discuss why the mantis shrimp is so good at punching stuff, what's up with their funky disco eyes, and other delectable treats for your brain.
45:43
July 5, 2021
100th Episode Q&A Celebration!
Join Ellen & Christian for a special episode answering questions from our beautiful listeners about topics including (but not limited to): making the podcast, things we've learned about animals and nature, our favorite video games, and more!
58:10
June 28, 2021
99: Bald Eagles w/ Patch, creator of TierZoo!
Join Ellen & special guest Patch, creator of zoology-meets-gaming web series TierZoo, for a review of North America's iconic raptor, the bald eagle. In this episode we discuss the intersection between ecology and video games as well as how the bald eagle measures up to its competitors. Find TierZoo on YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook!
30:36
June 11, 2021
98: Cockroaches w/ Charles Wallace!
Join Ellen & special guest entomologist Charles Wallace for a review of nature's oft-maligned rogues, cockroaches! In this episode, we bust myths about the roaches that cozy up to human spaces, learn about some of the fascinating strategies that different types of roaches all over the world use to thrive, and give these hardy insects some long overdue praise.
01:06:27
June 2, 2021
97: Sea Otter & Blue-Ringed Octopus
Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Ellen reviews the ocean's most adorable monsters, sea otters, & Christian rates the dazzling blue-ringed octopus.
47:38
May 24, 2021
96: Orangutans w/ Dr. Lara Durgavich!
Join Ellen & special guest, biological anthropologist Dr. Lara Durgavich for a review of the arboreal royalty, orangutans! In this episode, we discuss how orangutans have adapted to make themselves at home in the tree tops, how we see ourselves reflected in their faces & behavior, and how we can help support orangutans in their habitats.
47:14
May 14, 2021
95: Cape Stumpnose w/ Dr. Yanasivan Kisten!
Join Ellen & special guest, marine ecophysiologist Dr. Yanasivan Kisten for a review of the unassuming yet impressive Cape stumpnose! In this episode, we discuss the crucial role that estuaries play in a healthy ecosystem & spotlight how this little silver fish that can stand up to some pretty big challenges.
36:13
May 7, 2021
94: American Black Bear & Scaly-foot Snail
Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Christian teaches us why you should resist that urge to feed the bears & Ellen takes a deep dive into the heavily fortified extremophile, the scaly-foot snail.
42:48
April 30, 2021
93: Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle w/ Alex Troutman!
Join Ellen & special guest wildlife biologist Alex Troutman for a review of the most dedicated beach babes of all, Kemp's ridley sea turtles! In this episode, we discuss what we can learn about life from sea turtles, why it's so important to be kind to our beaches, and how we can all make the shores a little friendlier to the wildlife that we love.
42:23
April 23, 2021
92: Archerfish w/ Dagmar der Weduwen!
Join Ellen & special guest ecologist Dagmar der Weduwen for a review of the sharpshooting archerfish! In this episode, we discuss the archerfish's unparalleled precision, cunning, and attitude as well as what it's like to work with them in the lab.
45:29
April 16, 2021
91: Periodical Cicadas & Portuguese Man O' War
Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Ellen gives the buzz on periodical cicadas & Christian unfurls the sails of the Portuguese man o' war.
38:34
April 7, 2021
90: Pronghorn w/ Vinny Thomas!
Join Ellen & special guest, comedian Vinny Thomas, for a review of the champion of the sagebrush, the pronghorn! In this episode, we discuss how this charming little ungulate outran extinction, attempts to face modern challenges, and continues to do the absolute most at all times. Follow Vinny on Twitter, Instagram & TikTok! Intro & outro music: "Adventuring", Louie Zong
36:41
March 26, 2021
89: Vietnamese Mossy Frog w/ Gina Zwicky!
Join Ellen & special guest, biologist & naturalist Gina Zwicky, for a review of the amphibian master of disguise, the Vietnamese mossy frog! In this episode, Gina makes the case for frogs as simple yet refined masterpieces, shares some tricks of the frog-finding trade, and geeks out with Ellen over science communication via anime.  Intro & outro music: "Adventuring", Louie Zong
37:46
March 19, 2021
88: Stargazer & Pink Fairy Armadillo
Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's very fossorial episode, Christian reveals the hidden nightmares of the stargazer fish and Ellen digs into the buried secrets of the pink fairy armadillo.
38:33
March 11, 2021
87: Jumping Spiders w/ Dr. Sebastian Echeverri!
Join Ellen & special guest, arachnologist Dr. Sebastian A. Echeverri for a review of the overpowered bards of the arachnid world, jumping spiders! In this episode, we discuss jumping spiders' incomparable processing power, hunting skill, and flair for the dramatic.  Episode cover photo by our guest himself, Dr. Sebastian Echeverri! Intro & outro music: "Adventuring", Louie Zong
45:14
March 3, 2021
86: Copepods w/ Jimmy Bernot!
Join Ellen & special guest, evolutionary biologist Jimmy Bernot, for a review of the microscopic crustaceans truly running the world, copepods! In this episode, we discuss what makes copepods so successful at what they do, the role that parasites play in an ecosystem, and the biodiversity you can find among fish boogers. Intro & outro music: "Adventuring", Louie Zong
54:08
February 24, 2021
85: Opossum & Burrowing Owl
Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Ellen's heart is stolen by the trash bandit opossum & Christian digs up all the dirt on the burrowing owl.
49:25
February 18, 2021
84: Cheetahs w/ Gabi Fleury!
Join Ellen and special guest, conservation biologist Gabi Fleury, for a review of the punk nerds of the big cat family, cheetahs! In this episode we discuss how cheetahs go so fast, what sets them apart from the rest of the cats, and conflict between humans and wildlife.
43:48
February 10, 2021
83: Tarantulas w/ Tea Francis!
Join Ellen & special guest, artist and arachnid enthusiast Tea Francis, for a review of our fuzzy, chunky, leggy friends: tarantulas! In this episode we discuss why tarantulas deserve admiration, how (and why) to respect their boundaries, and what it's like to live with hundreds of tiny roommates in the Spider Room.
55:17
January 27, 2021
82: Olm & Maned Wolf
Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! Christian returns with the secretive underground cave puppy, the olm, and Ellen reviews the uniquely stunning maned wolf.
32:59
January 21, 2021
81: Barnacles w/ Elizabeth Mills!
Join Ellen and special guest, marine biologist Elizabeth Mills, for a review of the often-overlooked ride-or-die friends of the sea, barnacles! Topics include (but are not limited to): barnacle reproductive anatomy, whale armor, zombie crab mechs, and whether or not geese are fruit.
46:31
January 15, 2021
80: Sea Stars w/ Dr. Christopher Mah!
Join Ellen and marine biologist Dr. Christopher Mah for a review of the mysterious, complicated, many-armed predators of the deep, sea stars! In this episode, we discuss why sea stars are so important to marine ecosystems, their secret drama playing out in slow motion, and their captivatingly unfamiliar beauty.
01:07:33
January 6, 2021
79: Reindeer (aka Caribou) w/ Olivia deBourcier!
Join Ellen and special guest, environmental scientist & host of the Beyond Blathers podcast Olivia deBourcier, for a review of a festive icon, the reindeer (also known as caribou)! In this episode, we talk about what makes reindeer so lovable (spoiler alert: so many things), what it's like to work with them, and the challenges they're facing in their native habitats.
45:13
December 25, 2020
78: Ants w/ Aaron Fairweather!
Join Ellen and special guest, entomologist Aaron Fairweather, for a review of the industrious, conniving, world-conquering ants! In this episode, we discuss what makes ants so successful, the theatrical levels of drama going on under our feet every day, and as a special treat, a free idea for a D&D character.
51:09
December 21, 2020
77: Orb Weavers & Wolf Spiders w/ Madison Bush!
Join Ellen & special guest, field biologist Madison Bush, for a review of a couple of very leggy friends, orb weavers & wolf spiders! In this episode we discuss the World Wide Web, moustaches made out of eyes, and buff Tom Holland.
52:52
December 9, 2020
76: Olympic Torrent Salamander w/ Travis Kurtz!
Join Ellen and special guest, herpetologist 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.
47:27
November 20, 2020
75: Coquerel's Sifaka w/ Keriann McGoogan!
Join Ellen and special guest, conservationist & primatologist 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/
38:31
October 28, 2020
74: Scalloped Hammerhead w/ Ryan Hegseth!
Join Ellen and special guest, marine biologist 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.
58:27
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.
49:01
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.
55:47
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.
47:07
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
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.
54:57
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)
57:19
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.
40:57
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.
01:00:18
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)
50:31
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***
52:43
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.
01:04:45
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.
43:34
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.
53:53
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.
24:24
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.
51:22
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."
01:13:43
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.
41:04
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.
01:02:08
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.
35:32
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.
01:04:04
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.
58:09
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.
59:30
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.
57:59
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.
38:48
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.
40:13
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.
40:47
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.
45:43
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.
42:25
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.
51:07
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.
47:15
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.
01:00:58
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.
46:19
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.
54:07
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.
50:60
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.
37:57
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.
35:48
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.
49:26
May 14, 2019