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Consider yourself a serious person? You probably shouldn’t listen to this show. Santa Barbara Zoo’s Dr. Estelle Sandhaus and Dean Noble mix intriguing animal scientists with hilarious comedians, add a dash of music, and voila! A wildly entertaining and sometimes wacky podcast emerges. Science + improv comedy + wild animals = Zoological Radio.
||CleanThe Soft Side of Gorillas||QUICK BITES: When a gorilla grunts like a pig, it actually makes the gorilla seem human. Check out the tale of the 500-pound babysitter with a heart of gold.||6/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBest Bird Babysitter||QUICK BITES: Round-the-clock nursing may be the norm when raising humans, but a human feeding jellybean-sized baby hummingbirds three times an hour takes real dedication.||6/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to Milk a Giant Anteater||QUICK BITES: Dr. Julie Barnes bravely takes on the task of avoiding the six-inch, razor-sharp claws of a mama anteater at the Santa Barbara Zoo. Milking a cow is pretty tame compared to this.||6/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKeela the Rescue Dog||QUICK BITES: A black Labrador retriever that can't play fetch is not exactly the ideal candidate for a rescue dog. Lucky for Keela, canine recruiter Kirsten Fulk saw her potential and got her a job with Department of Homeland Security.||6/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Gorilla Glass Ceiling||QUICK BITES: When a silverback Grauer’s gorilla suddenly dies, can a plucky young female take over as leader of the troop?||5/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFighting for Females||QUICK BITES: So, you’re going ‘all in’ to win some females for your family group? Dr. Tara Stoinski imparts some do’s and don’ts for young male gorillas who take on alpha male silverbacks.||5/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBaby Gorilla Rescue||QUICK BITE: LIVE SHOW! Dr. Eddy Kambale races against time to save a wild baby mountain gorilla from a deadly snare. But, will her angry 400-pound father let him get close enough to save her?||5/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTrapped||QUICK BITES: Can conveyor belts save this endangered species? Conservation innovators think so.||5/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSnow Leopard Hunter||QUICK BITES: Dorj, the intrepid snow leopard hunter turns photographer conservationist.||4/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAll for One, One for All||QUICK BITES: The pack takes care of its own. African painted dogs are more like the Three Musketeers than the ruthless killers they've been characterized as.||4/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWild Elephant Vasectomies: Snipped||QUICK BITES: A ‘snipped’ version of Dr. Mark Stetter’s innovative approach to elephant overpopulation in Southern African parks.||4/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAndre Bauma Speaks Gorilla||QUICK BITES/LIVE SHOW! Is there really a man who can speak the language of gorillas? Ranger Andre Bauma knows.||4/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanQuick Bite: Magellan the African Painted Dog||Painted Dogs: Because they work as a team, they are the most successful hunters on the African savanna. But, what happens when the pack has a dog that keeps getting lost? Guest: Dr. Greg Rasmussen||3/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOctopus Love Song||LIVE SHOW! Tasted by an octopus...on the first date? Award-winning science writer Sy Montgomery talks about a creature that’s impossible not to love: the shy, brilliant, clever, social, elusive, and curious giant Pacific octopus.||2/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSuper Toxic Harvester Ants||Who you callin' puny? These little harvester ants sting with venom that is big-time toxic: 30 times more toxic than a rattlesnake's, in fact. Guest: Justin Schmidt. Art by Simon Hayes.||8/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanP22: Hollywood Cougar||LIVE SHOW! A lonely, meat-eating bachelor living in the heart of Los Angeles faces the challenges of cougar attraction…literally. Guest naturalist, Beth Pratt-Bergstrom, joins the IMPROVology Players live on stage for a unique blend of comedy and...||8/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSea Otters: Cute + Fierce||Unlock the secrets of the sea otters with otter expert Greg Sanders.||8/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNancy Drew & the African Parasite Mystery||Live Show!||8/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanScent-sational Polar Bears||Dr. Megan Owen loves the Arctic, but being stalked by a polar bear...not so much. Find out what makes polar bear moms mysterious and why scent is such an important research tool.||8/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFinding the Last Condor||What if you’re the only person who knows the location of the last surviving California condor in the wild? What do you do? The amazing Jan Hamber looks back on 87 years of life and birds.||7/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Hunger Games Game||LIVE SHOW! Two parasite tribes battle to the death to win the coveted reward: a snail’s private parts. May the gonads be ever in your favor. (Parental Advisory)||7/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWild Elephant Vasectomies: No Bull||When it comes to the most powerful mammal on land, veterinarian Dr. Mark Stetter has a very steady hand…and a very innovative approach to wild African elephant conservation. (Parental Advisory)||7/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRhino Orphanage (Rhino Horn Saga, part 1)||Why does this orphanage have armed guards? Do rhino calves have nightmares? How do you give CPR to a rhino calf? Find out the answers when you meet two kindly people who opened a rescue center for African animals and fell into a very...||6/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStung in the Mouth by a Jellyfish||Live Show! Jellyfish expert Nate Jaros joins our IMPROVology players, Michael McShane and Brian Lohmann, for a live show in which Nate talks about some of his more interesting interactions with jellies.||6/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Ghost Cat of Borneo||Live Show! Dr. Anthony Giordano joins our IMPROVology players, Michael McShane and Brian Lohmann, live on stage for this hilarious short segment about an animal few people have ever heard of or seen.||6/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSex and the Single Parrot||When you’re playing the game of love, it’s hard to wing it. Barbara Heidenreich, one of the world’s premier animal trainers, flies to New Zealand to aid a lovelorn Kakapo parrot. Parental advisory. Guest Scientist: Barbara Heidenreich||4/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Gorilla Story With Two Happy Endings||What happens when a lonely male gorilla meets a female gorilla for the first time in 27 years? Guest Scientist: Dr. Terry Maple||4/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNight of the Zombie Crab||LIVE SHOW! A creature too lazy to raise its own babies creates a zombie nanny parent substitute. Parasitologist Sara Weinstein tells the story of the sacculina parasite, puppet master of the animal kingdom. Guest Scientist: Sara Weinstein Guest...||4/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAdventures of the Amazing Croc Doc||Why would anyone use a Super Soaker to flush the stomach of a 12-foot-long wild crocodile? Dr. Marisa Tellez, aka the "Croc Doc," enlightens us. Plus: Croc comedy from IMPROVology Guest Scientist: Dr. Marisa Tellez Guest Comedians: Edi...||4/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJaguars: Pit Bulls of the Cat Kingdom||Are jaguars the pit bulls of the big cat family? How many samples of jaguar poop do you really need for a good collection? And, who would win in a fight, a puma or a jaguar? Dr. Anthony Giordano knows. Guest Scientist: Anthony Giordano Guest...||3/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIsland Foxes||What secrets does the world’s cutest apex predator hold? Tim Coonan talks about the mysterious disappearance of the island fox and its remarkable comeback. Guest Scientist: Tim Coonan||3/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
The intro makes it sound like it is geared for young kids. While young kids interested in animals may enjoy it, adults will not be bored and it is great!
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New favorite podcast!
If you love animals and love to learn, this podcast is perfect!!
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