Escape The Zoo
By Daniel Clarke
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Welcome to the ESCAPE THE ZOO podcast, where we interview leading wildlife photographers, conservationists and scientists to learn more about the awe-inspiring species that we share this fascinating planet with. Guests of the podcast have traveled to the the edges of the world to observe, photograph, study and support wildlife in their natural environment and, as you probably can imagine, now have some of the most exciting, scary, crazy, extreme, and beautiful stories that I have ever heard. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/escape-the-zoo/support
||CleanMatt Draper - Replace Fear With Fascination||Matt Draper is an internationally acclaimed fine art photographer. Matt uses his imagery to foster love for the ocean, by replacing fear with fascination. We discuss: Free diving with humpback whales in Tonga Traveling for two weeks on an ice-breaking boat to find king penguins on Macquarie Island Watching two elephant seals fight Cage diving with great white sharks Swimming with spotted eagle rays, sea turtles, tiger sharks and everything else you can imagine Please check out and support Matt’s work: http://www.mattdraperphotography.com/ https://www.instagram.com/mattdraperphotography/ https://www.facebook.com/mattdraperphotography/ Full show notes @ https://bit.ly/2pxy0a5 Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/escape-the-zoo/support||9/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitElliott Neep - Tigers in India||Elliott Neep is an award-winning wildlife photographer and photographic guide. He has produced articles for major photographic publications, including BBC Wildlife magazine and the National Press. Included stories: - searching for tigers in India - witnessing hyenas hunt flamingos in Africa - extreme trips to the Arctic and Antarctic - why Elliott decided to leave social media Please check out and support Elliott’s work: http://elliottneep.com/ https://www.instagram.com/elliottneep https://natureinfocus.co.uk/ Full show notes @ https://bit.ly/2xqzGpE Full video @ https://bit.ly/2xoVimk Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/escape-the-zoo/support||9/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDan Westergren - Polar Exploration||Dan Westergren has spent three decades producing award-winning images as a National Geographic Society photographer, photo editor, and social media strategist. He has served as Director of Photography at National Geographic Travel, and as a result, is probably the most well traveled individual that I have ever had the pleasure of speaking with. Included stories: - various trips from the North Pole all the way down to the Antarctic Peninsula, where he’s been six times! - Ernest Shackleton, the famed polar explorer, and the insane, heroic stories of his expeditions - grappling with fear while climbing the Matterhorn - cage diving with great whites in South Australia Please check out and support Dan’s work: http://danwestergren.com/ https://www.instagram.com/danwestergren/ Full show notes @ https://bit.ly/2O6hvg3 Full video @ https://bit.ly/2MjSkVs Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/escape-the-zoo/support||9/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRichard Peters - Back Garden Safari||Richard Peters is a UK-based wildlife photographer and Nikon ambassador who has received numerous accolades for his work, including being named the European Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Included stories: - the photo that he almost intentionally deleted that went on to win his first award - his award-winning collection of beautiful images taken from his own backyard of pigeons, badgers, foxes and other common creatures - winters in Yellowstone - puffin colonies of the Skomer Islands - his flight from Slovenia to the UK that was diverted due to a bomb scare Please check out and support Richard’s work: https://www.richardpeters.co.uk/ https://www.instagram.com/richardpetersphoto/ https://www.facebook.com/richardpetersphotography https://twitter.com/richardpphoto Full show notes @ https://bit.ly/2MKmrKP Full video @ https://bit.ly/2PsomjW Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/escape-the-zoo/support||9/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJed Weingarten - Snow Leopards in the Wild!||Jed Weingarten is an accomplished wildlife photographer based in Bozeman, Montana who has spent much of his professional career in China. Included stories: - being one of the very few to not only see but film snow leopards in the wild - the current state of conservation in China - the rush of flying over a waterfall in a kayak - how to be accepted into a wolf pack! Please check out and support Jed’s work: http://www.jedweingarten.com/ https://www.instagram.com/jedweingarten/ https://www.wildwondersofchina.com/ https://www.facebook.com/WWOfChina https://www.instagram.com/wildwondersofchina/ Full show notes @ https://bit.ly/2MAXrFR Full video @ https://bit.ly/2PcNTOh Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/escape-the-zoo/support||8/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTayla McCurdy - African Safari!||Tayla McCurdy is a guide on safariLIVE, a live stream from the African wilderness every single day on YouTube and TV. Tayla splits her time between the Sabi Sands in South Africa and the Masai Mara in Kenya leading this unscripted broadcast. She is super fun and I had an absolute blast chatting about her work, her photography and stories from the bush. Included stories: - a dangerous moment when her group was stuck between a horny bull elephant and a group of females - the chaos of the Great Migration - a recent experience with a mongoose she found doing something so bizarre and so funny that the video quickly went viral Please check out and support Tayla’s work: https://www.instagram.com/tay_mccurdy/ https://twitter.com/tay_mccurdy https://wildearth.tv/ https://wildearth.tv/safarilive/ Full show notes @ https://bit.ly/2L8giCF Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/escape-the-zoo/support||8/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShawn Heinrichs - Undercover and Underwater||Shawn Heinrichs is an Emmy Award winning cinematographer, photographer, scuba diver, and marine conservationist. You may recognize him from the documentary, Racing Extinction. His conservation focus areas include ending the global slaughter of sharks, protecting manta and mobula rays, and establishing marine protected areas. Included stories: - going undercover to expose the endangered species trade - saving a manta ray - getting surrounded by a juvenile gang in Ecuador - finding HUNDREDS of whale sharks together in one place - his amazing work protecting endangered marine species by guiding and supporting communities towards sustainable industries Please check out and support Shawn’s work: www.shawnheinrichs.com/ www.bluespherefoundation.org/ www.bluespheremedia.com/ www.sealegacy.org/collective www.facebook.com/shawn.heinrichs.artist www.instagram.com/shawnheinrichs www.twitter.com/shawnheinrichs Full show notes @ https://bit.ly/D4OBps Full video @ https://youtu.be/tB6kQHm-Ac8 Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/escape-the-zoo/support||8/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYaron Schmid - Eleven Lions in a Tree||Yaron Schmid is a veterinarian, wildlife photographer and African safari guide. Included stories: - cheetahs jumping onto his roofless car - watching baby leopards and lions - dik diks: an antelope the size of a pocket book dog - the sad story of the murder of Tanzania’s leading elephant conservationist - staring into the eyes of a baby gorilla Please check out and support Anand’s work: http://www.yswildlifephotography.com/ https://www.facebook.com/pg/YS.Wildlife.Photography https://www.instagram.com/yswildlifephotography/ Full show notes @ https://bit.ly/2MchE3A Full video @ https://youtu.be/ko6Tg6YBZEc Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/escape-the-zoo/support||8/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDrew Rush - Mountain Lions, Bears + Wolves!||Drew Rush is a wildlife and natural history photographer based in Wyoming. If you follow @natgeo and @natgeotravel on Instagram, you will likely recognize his name and photos. He is a remote camera specialist, using camera traps to capture never before seen animal behavior in the wild. Included stories: Floating above the world in a powered paraglider - tracking and photographing wolf packs in Alaska - being charged by not one, but two grizzly bears - contracting an mysterious infection in the jungle waters of the Amazon - getting stuck in waist deep in snow as a mountain lion approaches - using photography to support research and conservation Please check out and support Drew’s work: http://www.drewrush.com/ https://www.instagram.com/drewtrush/?hl=en https://www.nationalgeographic.com/expeditions/experts/drew-rush/ http://thephotosociety.org/member/drew-rush/ https://bit.ly/2LPB5Mm Full show notes @ https://bit.ly/2LxV2uU Full video @ https://youtu.be/CU_MXjYvUZ0 Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/escape-the-zoo/support||7/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitFederico Veronesi - Tracking the Elusive Caracal||When I think of stunning wildlife photography, Kenya-based Federico Veronesi always is amongst the top of my list. His imagery is insanely beautiful. Living in Kenya, he has an intimate knowledge of individual animals that he has watched for years and that comes across in his work in a profound way. Included stories: - his bold and inspiring journey that brought him from Italy to Kenya to become a wildlife photographer - his years spent tracking caracals, mysterious African cats that receive much less mainstream attention than leopards and lions due to their elusive nature - being surrounded by baby elephants - the complexity and importance of conservation issues affecting African wildlife Please check out and support Federico’s work: http://www.federicoveronesi.com/ https://www.instagram.com/federico_veronesi/ https://bit.ly/2Ks3PtR (Facebook) https://bit.ly/2KrvbUc (his book, Light and Dust) Full show notes @ https://bit.ly/2tOnD4q Full video @ https://youtu.be/tCyQWmyDnOc Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/escape-the-zoo/support||7/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlastair Pollock - Sharks, Seals + Sea Dragons!||Alastair Pollock is an underwater photographer based in Sydney, Australia. Included stories: - swimming with sneaky sharks that get too close for comfort - realizing you’ve gone too close to a fur seal colony - how to find a leafy sea dragon - what the hammer of a hammerhead shark feels like Please check out and support Alastair’s work: http://www.alastairpollock.com/ https://www.instagram.com/alastairpollock https://www.flickr.com/people/alastair_pollock/ http://www.alastairpollock.com/blog/ Full show notes @ bit.ly/2KxVc0I Full video @ https://bit.ly/2KiBzhm Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/escape-the-zoo/support||6/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAnand Varma - Parasites!||Anand Varma is a photographer with a degree in integrative biology from UC Berkeley. He helps biologists communicate their research through photographs, and tell the story behind the science of complex issues. Included stories: - mind controlling parasites - zombie ladybugs - a near death experience with a volcano - glowing mushrooms - bee pollination - hummingbirds Please check out and support Anand’s work: http://www.varmaphoto.com/ https://www.instagram.com/anandavarma/ https://www.facebook.com/AnandVarmaPhotographer/ full show notes @ https://bit.ly/2MkHEpY Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/escape-the-zoo/support||6/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMichelle Valberg - the Arctic Adventurer||Michelle Valberg is a Canadian wildlife photographer and nonprofit leader with several books to her name. She is a Nikon Ambassador and was named as the first ever Canadian Geographic Photographer-in-Residence. She founded Project North, a nonprofit that delivers education and sports-based opportunities to youth in Canada’s Arctic. If you love bears like I do, this podcast is for you! Included stories: - intimate experiences with spirit bears - a way too close for comfort encounter with a polar bear - the ice grizzlies of Canada - swimming with narwhals, the real unicorns of this world! Please check out and support Michelle’s work: www.michellevalberg.com www.projectnorth.ca (nonprofit work) www.instagram.com/michellevalbergphotography www.facebook.com/michellevalbergphotography www.twitter.com/michellevalberg www.michellevalberg.com/book-shop Full show notes @ https://bit.ly/2yvpDmW Full interview video @ https://bit.ly/2yr0bPk Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/escape-the-zoo/support||6/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKeith Connelly - African Adventure||Keith Connelly is a wildlife guide, photographic guide, professional photographer and travel addict. Included stories: - being shoved by a gorilla - getting caught in gunfire on a hippo-filled lake - climbing Kilimanjaro - conservation ideologies in Africa Please check out and support Keith’s work: https://www.keith-connelly.com/ https://www.instagram.com/ingwe911/ https://www.facebook.com/keithconnelyphotographyandexperiences/ https://www.twitter.com/ingwe911 Full show notes @ https://bit.ly/2MFfK90 Full video @ https://youtu.be/DrUC4hpFXzA Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/escape-the-zoo/support||6/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMargot Raggett - Remembering Wildlife||Margot Raggett is a renowned wildlife photographer and conservationist. Her Remembering Wildlife series of photographic books include contributions from some of the greatest wildlife photographers in the world and all proceeds are directly donated to important conservation work. Remembering Elephants, Rhinos, and Great Apes have received tremendous celebrity support and collectively raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to protect these species. Included stories: - the Remembering Wildlife series and conservation projects supported via funds raised - meeting Sudan, the last male Northern white rhino - visiting chimpanzees and mountain gorillas - the trophy hunting debate - a conversation with the legendary Jane Goodall Please check out and support Margot’s work: https://rememberingwildlife.com/ https://www.facebook.com/MargotRaggettPhotography/ https://www.instagram.com/margotraggettphotography/ http://www.margotraggettphotography.com/ full show notes @ https://bit.ly/2JAFLZj Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/escape-the-zoo/support||6/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJohn Marriott - Spirit Bears, Grizzlies and Wolves!||John Marriott is a Canadian wildlife photographer, author, personality and outspoken conservation advocate. Included stories: - relaxing with spirit bears in the Great Bear Rainforest - photographing the ice grizzlies of the Arctic Circle in Canada’s Yukon - four years tracking the Pipestone wolves in Banff National Park - the massive caribou migration - black-footed ferrets in Saskatchewan after being absent from Canada for almost a century Please check out and support Tony’s work: www.wildernessprints.com (photos, books, events) www.canwildphototours.com (tours / workshops) www.bit.ly/2xQsWog (YouTube / web series) www.instagram.com/johnemarriott/ www.facebook.com/JohnEMarriottPhotography/ www.twitter.com/JohnEMarriott Full show notes @ https://bit.ly/2MlacQT Full video @ https://youtu.be/1CyCKKkiJYA Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/escape-the-zoo/support||6/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTony Wu - The Whale Whisperer||Tony Wu is a multiple winner at the Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards, most well known for his work underwater with whales and other cetaceans. Included stories: - Tony’s terrifying experience with a sperm whale that changed the course of his life - an underwater phenomenon that he is the only person on Earth to ever document - mass gatherings of whales - swimming with orcas - conservation issues affecting the future of the gentle giants. Please check out and support Tony’s work: www.tony-wu.com www.instagram.com/tonywu98/ www.facebook.com/tonywuphotography/ www.twitter.com/tonywu Full show notes @ https://bit.ly/2xStZnS Full video @ https://youtu.be/svpU8iT6PNM Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/escape-the-zoo/support||6/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Best Nature Podcast I've Heard
I'm relatively new to podcasts but coming across this one has been an incredible gift. Dan is a thoughtful host who interviews some of the most impressive, insightful and inspiring wildlife figures in the world. Each episode I'm struck by eye-opening stories of individuals overcoming challenges and encountering a multitude of species and living to tell the story. Can't reccomend this enough and can't wait to hear more.
Definitely worth listening to!
Really excited about this Escape The Zoo podcast. I’ve listened to the episodes that are currently available and It’s been a good ride so far. I find it hard to grab my attention from podcasts but Escape the Zoo has really interesting subject matter and conversations from people who are experts in the field. I’m a fan.
A rare opportunity to hear fascinating stories told in great depth from some of the most celebrated photographers, conservationists, and wildlife experts on the planet. I've listened to the first three podcasts and Daniel and his guests manage to draw me right in to the moment. A distinctive style, with feelings of awe, amazement, some jaw-on-the-floor moments, told with a fun flair, and a well researched but seemingly off-the-cuff attitude. Highly recommended. Looking forward to hearing more!