11 episodes

Did you know that in the world of elephants the females are the ones in charge? Or that a grizzly bear's bite is strong enough to crush a bowling ball? Amazing Wildlife gives a behind-the-scenes look inside the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park to gain insight on rare species and to explore the ongoing conservation efforts to save endangered wildlife no matter how big or small. Join us as hosts Rick Schwartz and Ebone Monet transport listeners around the globe to highlight the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance’s collaborative efforts with local communities to drive positive change for the future of animals and plants. Through one-of-a-kind stories, you’ll hear what it takes to create a healthy next chapter for not only wildlife, but also for the people that share their habitats.

Amazing Wildlife: A San Diego Zoo Podcast iHeartPodcasts

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.9 • 31 Ratings

Did you know that in the world of elephants the females are the ones in charge? Or that a grizzly bear's bite is strong enough to crush a bowling ball? Amazing Wildlife gives a behind-the-scenes look inside the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park to gain insight on rare species and to explore the ongoing conservation efforts to save endangered wildlife no matter how big or small. Join us as hosts Rick Schwartz and Ebone Monet transport listeners around the globe to highlight the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance’s collaborative efforts with local communities to drive positive change for the future of animals and plants. Through one-of-a-kind stories, you’ll hear what it takes to create a healthy next chapter for not only wildlife, but also for the people that share their habitats.

    Penguins: Tuxedo-clad Seabirds

    Penguins: Tuxedo-clad Seabirds

    They are black and white and loved all over. We’re talking about penguins! Hosts Ebone and Rick highlight the social dynamic of these flightless seabirds, and reveal how the San Diego Zoo is able to reflect the native habitat of African penguins, who live in a warm climate. Dr. David Roberts joins us from the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds, also known as SANCCOB, who are first responders for coastal birds. Dr. Roberts explains what is necessary to save underweight and abandoned African penguin chicks, to help support the population of this endangered species. 

    If you have a question for Amazing Wildlife you can record it and send your audio file to wildlife@iheartmedia.com for your chance to hear it on the show!
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    • 29 min
    Giraffes: Hello Up There!

    Giraffes: Hello Up There!

    Today we’re discussing the tallest land animals: giraffes! Hosts Rick and Ebone reveal interesting characteristics of the species, which can kill a lion with its kick—and we explore their unique features, such as hair-covered horns called ossicones. San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance scientist Dr. Kirstie Ruppert joins the show to talk about her work with the Twiga Walinzi group to protect giraffes in Northern Kenya from being hunted and illegally trafficked.

    If you have a question for Amazing Wildlife you can record it and send your audio file to wildlife@iheartmedia.com for your chance to hear it on the show!
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    • 23 min
    ‘Alalā: The Disappearance of the Hawaiian Crow

    ‘Alalā: The Disappearance of the Hawaiian Crow

    They’re endemic to the Hawaiian Islands and found nowhere else in the world. We’re exploring how the introduction of cats, dogs, rats, and mongooses contributed to the population decline of a bird revered in Hawaiian culture—the ‘Alalā! President and CEO Paul Baribault joins the show as we learn about how San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance and its partners are working to protect and breed this endangered bird so populations can fly through their home forests once again.

    If you have a question for Amazing Wildlife you can record it and send your audio file to wildlife@iheartmedia.com for your chance to hear it on the show!
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    • 11 min
    Gorillas: Gentle Giants

    Gorillas: Gentle Giants

    They are among our closest relatives in the Animal Kingdom. We’re exploring unique facts about these charismatic, intelligent forest dwellers…gorillas! Hosts Rick and Ebone examine the similarities between gorillas and humans and reveal how gorillas are endangered—even though they have no natural predators. Biologist Dr. Bethan Morgan joins the show from Cameroon’s Ebo Forest, where a distinct sound led a San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance scientist to discover a group of gorillas previously unknown to science.
    If you have a question for Amazing Wildlife you can record it and send your audio file to wildlife@iheartmedia.com for your chance to hear it on the show!
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    • 23 min
    Komodo Dragon: The Deadly Bite

    Komodo Dragon: The Deadly Bite

    Discover the real life dragons of Komodo Island on this episode of Amazing Wildlife! Hosts Rick and Ebone uncover how this fascinating reptile got its name, the evolution of the species, and what makes their bite so deadly. The hosts respond to a young listener's question about the Komodo Dragon's diet.
     
    If you have a question for Amazing Wildlife you can record it and send your audio file to wildlife@iheartmedia.com for your chance to hear it on the show!
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    • 13 min
    Pacific Pocket Mouse: Little Creatures, Big Impact

    Pacific Pocket Mouse: Little Creatures, Big Impact

    In this episode, Amazing Wildlife looks at one of the smallest mammals in North America, the Pacific pocket mouse. Rick tells us how this animal got its name, their importance for our environment, and the threats they face in the wild. Ebone is joined by Dr. Debra Shier, who leads the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance’s Pacific pocket mouse conservation program. Dr. Shier details the process of researching the animal that has made a comeback from a 20 year extinction!

    If you have a question for Amazing Wildlife you can record it and send your audio file to wildlife@iheartmedia.com for your chance to hear it on the show!
    Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

Maybe Jo ,

Interesting animal facts!

We’ll presented. Enjoyed learning new animal facts and the efforts being made to help animal species survive.

78_gold_78 ,

Opossum-possum

Love the pod. Just wanted to point out that the host when talking about Australian marsupials called possums, “opossums”. Only North American versions have the “o”.

Waterlilyjane ,

Fantastic new podcast!🦛🦛🦛

Thank you San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance for bringing us this entertaining and informative podcast! Hope you include a question and answer segment in the future for your curious listeners! Well done!🐘🐘🐘

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