Saturday, May 21, 2011

The Wild Kingdom: Brought to You by Mutual of Omaha (and YouTube)

Awesome - this was my favorite show when I was little - and my dad used to get pissed off at me when I would cry over the death of one animal as food for another. Maybe that's why I still prefer the underdog.

Curiously, I remember being both happy for the lucky animal (deer, rabbit, whatever) when it got away and sad for the predator (cougar, coyote, etc.) when it lost out on its meal for the day.

Ah, nature - this show certainly did a lot to build my appreciation of nature and desire to maintain as many wild spaces as possible.

Open Culture posted this, from Metafilter.

If you’re a Gen-X’er or older, this will likely dust off some old memories, unleashing one of those “Yes, I remember that” moments.

From 1963 through 1988, Marlin Perkins and Jim Fowler hosted Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, a 30 minute program that aired Sunday nights on NBC. An early precursor to Animal Planet and The Discovery Channel, Wild Kingdom let American audiences travel (at least virtually) to exotic destinations and observe wild animals in their natural habitats. It all happened during prime time with millions watching. And the show, otherwise credited with raising ecological and environmental awareness, won 41 major awards, including four Emmys.

There are two ways to revisit Wild Kingdom. One is to purchase The Definitive 50 Episode Collection on DVD. The cheaper option (actually, it’s free) is to visit Wild Kingdom’s Channel on YouTube, which hosts hours and hours of free programming. The episode below takes you into the mysteries of the Amazon. Enjoy…

via metafilter

The Wild Kingdom: Brought to You by Mutual of Omaha

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