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Where Wildlife Adventure Begins

Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom – five simple words that represent one of the best-known programs on nature and the animal world.

Whether you’re a fan of our web segments or one of our classic shows, you’ve come to the right spot to get an up-close-and-personal look at the many species that share our Wild Kingdom!

The Fearless Guides

Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom pioneered the narrated nature adventure genre, which uses a knowledgeable host and field correspondents to guide viewers through close encounters with wildlife and wilderness. For 50 years, Wild Kingdom hosts have added their unique personalities and commentary to the action.

Marlin Perkins

For generations of Americans, Marlin Perkins embodied the Wild Kingdom. An accomplished zoologist with an encyclopedic knowledge of animals large and small, Perkins brought the wonders of the Wild Kingdom into Americans' living rooms with a confidence and respect that underscored the importance of conservation.

Perkins was host of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom from 1963 to 1985. Perkins was also director of the New York Zoo in Buffalo, N.Y., the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago and the St. Louis Zoo. He died in 1986 at age 81.

Jim Fowler

A member of the Wild Kingdom team since the show’s premiere on Jan. 6, 1963, renowned naturalist Jim Fowler continued as an active ambassador to the world’s wildest places and creatures until his death in 2019 at age 89.

Armed with keen knowledge of wildlife and a fearless swagger, Fowler was Marlin Perkins’ Wild Kingdom co-host until he assumed hosting duties upon Perkins’ retirement. He also was host of Mutual of Omaha’s Spirit of Adventure. Fowler’s many television and public appearances, as well as his decades of research and preservation efforts, inspired many in our current generation of wildlife conservationists to take on and continue his mission.

Peter Gros

As Mutual of Omaha’s special Wild Kingdom ambassador, Peter Gros shares his love of wildlife and wilderness with audiences throughout the country. Gros was co-host of the original Wild Kingdom and was featured in two Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom shows on the Animal Planet network: "Cheetah: Race Against Time" (2005) and "Magnificent Moments" (2007).

He is a frequent guest on Live with Kelly and Ryan. Gros has nearly 30 years of field experience with captive wildlife, including establishing breeding and rehabilitation programs for endangered species and birds of prey.

Stephanie Arne

As Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom Wild Guide, Stephanie Arne hosted an online version of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom that featured short, dynamic and fun webisodes exploring the modern-day Wild Kingdom. Originally from South Dakota, Arne began her career at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.

An accomplished wildlife educator, she has worked in the field on wildlife projects in many places including Australia, New Zealand, Borneo and Papua New Guinea.