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As Wild As They Can Be

Out on the high plains of Eastern Colorado, something truly wild and wonderful is happening. There, on 720 acres, 450 exotic animals have found a place that they can call home. Rescued from abandoned zoos, failed circuses, private homes and deplorable roadside attractions, they have survived against incredible odds.

In this series, host Stephanie Arne takes us inside The Wild Animal Sanctuary to see the remarkable story of this amazing refuge. Watch as Stephanie goes behind the scenes with the Sanctuary’s extraordinary staff to learn what it takes to keep hundreds of bears and big cats healthy, happy, and safe.

In 1985, The Wild Animal Sanctuary’s visionary founder and director Pat Craig worked on one of the original Wild Kingdom episodes. Stephanie sat down with Pat to talk about his experience.

Episode 4: Boots on the Ground

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Stephanie Arne

Stephanie Arne is Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom Wild Guide. As Wild Guide, Arne hosts an online version of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom that features 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.

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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.

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Jim Fowler

A member of the Wild Kingdom team since the show’s premiere on Jan. 6, 1963, renowned naturalist Jim Fowler remains an active ambassador to the world’s wildest places and creatures. 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. Today he continues to represent the Wild Kingdom for Mutual of Omaha.

Photo Peter Gros

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 Michael. Gros has nearly 30 years of field experience with captive wildlife, including establishing breeding and rehabilitation programs for endangered species and birds of prey.