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Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom 

Host Marlin Perkins explores various animals in their natural habitats.

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Don Meier
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Won 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Marlin Perkins ...  Himself - Host / ... 16 episodes, 1963-1984
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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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Official Sites:

Animal Planet

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USA

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English

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6 January 1963 (USA) See more »

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Wild Kingdom See more »

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Don Meier Productions See more »
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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Revived in the 2000s on the Animal Planet cable channel. See more »

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Referenced in Strange Brew (1983) See more »

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Education about animal wildlife
12 September 2016 | by RealLiveClaudeSee all my reviews

I remember this one when it was broadcast in French in the TVA Network in the 70s-80s. It was one I watched among many animal shows of that era.

Host Marlin Perkins (dubbed in French by late Quebec actor Roland Chenail) told how he managed to film and sometimes rescue animals in their natural habitats. Cameras went around the world to see how the animal wildlife survives in its habitats.

Assistant Jim Fowler (dubbed by the late Roger Beaulu in French) added interesting facts in the description.

Sad that Mutual of Omaha has full ownership of this. Even if it was shot in the 60s and beyond, it is still a great encyclopedia of animal wildlife on TV, before the "Animal Planet" and Disovery Channel.

And as Mutual of Omaha did business in Canada, even the french version plugged it in the end. (The show in syndication was broadcast in English version on ABC's WVNY 22, Burlington, Vermont)


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