Host Marlin Perkins explores various animals in their natural habitats.

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Famed zoologist and naturalist Marlin Perkins hosted "Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom," an educational series centering on the lives of animals. Perkins was aided by fellow naturalists Jim Fowler and Stan Brock. Shows covered a diverse range of topics from the lives of specific animals, their survival in natural and man-made environmental conditions, their relationship with other animals (both friendly and predator) and people and issues centering on animal captivity. Many of the shows were filmed in the animals' natural habitat (frequently Africa and South America), though some clips originated from zoos. The show ran from 1963 to 1971 on NBC (first on Sunday afternoons and later in prime-time). Reruns were syndicated to local stations in the fall of 1971, interspersed with newly-produced shows that were produced until 1988. Fowler assumed the host's role in 1985, when Perkins' failing health forced his departure; Fowler was now assisted by Peter Eros. Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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Insuring Mutual Appreciation Of Animals
28 June 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

FOLLOWING HIS EXPOSURE to national prominence after hosting ZOO PARADE (NBC, 1950-57) Marlin Perkins proved to be the ideal host for this project. Scholarly in appearance and obviously highly knowledgeable, it was as if we had a Professor of Zoology before us.

THE BIG DIFFERENCE between ZOO PARADE and this MUTUAL OF OMAHA'S WILD KINGDOM were many. In spite of their both being nature programs about mainly exotic, wild forms of fauna, the approach was very different in both cases.

WHERERAS THE CONSTRUCTION of the ZOO PARADE show was live and on location, the location was,in this case, Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo. Weekly installments would zero in on one particular family of animals or upon a certain wild region (i.e., the Serenghati). The Sunday half hour would be devoted to whatever the subject was, with live remote televising of the subject animals directly from their housing pens. Local NBC Newsman, Jim Hurlbut assisted.

THE THEME AND subject matter of WILD KINGDOM mandated that the format be far different. On sight filming was done in Africa, Asia and places like Borneo, New Guinea and the outback of Australia. The Arctic and Antarctic weren't off limits, either. Filming featured the animals in the particular, often being threatened by some natural or man-made potential disaster. Marlin and Jim Fowler were always on hand to help out and to do the voice-overs.

AT ONE POINT, Mr. Perkins remained home, leaving the field work to Fowler and Stan Brock. Marlin did, however did participate as in studio host. He would also provide segue-ways for the commercials; doing monologues something like: "The Grizzly Bear always prepares for the worst of Winters! You'll be prepared for whatever emergency with insurance from Mutual of Omaha!"


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