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6 January 1963 (USA) See more »
Host Marlin Perkins explores various animals in their natural habitats. Full summary »
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Won 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 9 nominations See more »
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Marlin Perkins ... Himself - Host / ... (12 episodes, 1963-1985)

Series Directed by
Don Meier (7 episodes, 1963-1983)
Series Writing credits
Allan Eckert (4 episodes, 1971-1981)
Richard Cromer (2 episodes, 1963)
Don Meier (2 episodes, 1963)

Series Produced by
Don Meier .... producer (9 episodes, 1963-1984)
Patrick Collins .... associate producer (2 episodes, 1963)
Robert W. Davison .... associate producer (2 episodes, 1968-1979)
Richard Reinauer .... associate producer (1 episode, 1971)
Series Original Music by
Richard A. Girvin (3 episodes, 1979-1981)
Hans A. Graff (2 episodes, 1963)
Series Cinematography by
Robert W. Davison (7 episodes, 1965-1984)
Ralph Nelson (1 episode, 1971)

Rod Allin (unknown episodes)
Warren Garst (unknown episodes)
Fred R. Krug (unknown episodes)
Series Film Editing by
Bernard Braham (6 episodes, 1971-1984)
Hans A. Graff (2 episodes, 1963)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Reinauer .... assistant director (1 episode, 1971)
Series Sound Department
Jim Moore .... sound effects / foley mixer (10 episodes, 1979-1984)

Michelle Landes .... foley artist (unknown episodes, 1980-1985)
Greg Curda .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
Series Music Department
Al Cobine .... composer: theme music (2 episodes, 1963)
Series Other crew
Carol Riggins .... animal trainer (unknown episodes)

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Also Known As:
"Wild Kingdom" - USA (alternative title)
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30 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Revived in the 2000s on the Animal Planet cable channel.See more »


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Insuring Mutual Appreciation Of Animals, 28 June 2014
Author: John T. Ryan ( from United States

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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