Crazy stories about animals, told by the people who study them.
Leroy the fisher who learned no means no the hard way
Leroy was one of the first fishers to ever get a GPS tracking collar, providing immediate, new discoveries about how this “wilderness species” colonized suburbia. Dodging police and sneaking through culverts, Scott eventually found Leroy dead in a swamp - a murder mystery tied to the unusual mating behavior of fishers.
Josphine, the most reliable sea turtle
Josephine was a sea turtle who found an easy meal by raiding a fisherman’s nets. Kate was happy to help the fisherman by moving the turtle and putting a tracking device on it. Undeterred, Josephine returned to her favorite fishing spot, providing interesting data and creating a new dependable and friendly link between fisherman and turtle biologist.
Diane, the Shark That Jumped Out of the Water Four Times in 47 Seconds
Lucy met Diane the basking shark when she gave the fish a small tracking tag off the coast of Scotland. While Diane typically loafed around eating plankton, this high-tech tag showed that Diane would occasionally sprint to the surface and jump into the air over and over again.
Etumbe, the Bonobo who led her group back to the wild.
Etumbe was rescued from captivity and became part of the first group of Bonobos to be released back into the wild. Her seniority and calm demeanor helped her become one of the leaders of this new group and also led to an incredible interaction between man and their closest wild cousin.
M36 - the mountain lion by which all others will be compared
There are a surprising number of mountain lions in the hills just above Silicon Valley. Chris Wilmers is studying how these big cats make a living in the midst of so much Bay Area development. 36M unwittingly joined the study when he got trapped and equipped with a tracking collar with technology fancier than any other study, as you would expect from Silicon Valley.
Bobby, the world’s largest ocelot
Bobby was a big bruiser of an ocelot. When Ricardo first trapped and collared him, Bobby was feisty and scarred after prowling his tropical island home like a king, sending smaller males fleeing with flurries of claws and teeth. Eventually, however, those teeth gave-way, and the next generation of ocelots had the last laugh.
Well done and informative
I really enjoy the deep dives into species and questions the researchers are asking.
A great window into field biology
This podcast is captivating and really makes you feel like you are with the scientists in the field. The stories are great, and there is a lot of fun science. Very entertaining!
Addictive stories from the field
This podcast is both fascinating and informative! Roland’s excitement is addictive, and his guests’ stories make you feel like you’re there with them on the frontlines of fieldwork. I appreciate the diversity of critters, both mega and microfauna, and researchers. Besides being a great podcast, Wild Animals is a chance for all of us - students, retired field biologists, wildlife enthusiasts - to mentally strap on our boots and binoculars and head into the field.