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Wild For Life is the Toronto Zoo podcast that brings you behind the scenes and unveils the "hidden zoo." Each episode brings you information on the critical conservation work that protects endangered species and works to preserve biodiversity. You will hear from nutritionists, ecologists, veterinarians, social scientists, wildlife biologists, and more that are working hard to help protect wildlife from all over the world.
 
Marine Mammal Science is a podcast covering some of the latest scientific research on marine mammals – whales and dolphins, polar bears, seals and sea lions, manatees and dugongs, and sea otters. The podcast is produced by Speak Up For Blue Media on behalf of the Society for Marine Mammalogy and the journal Marine Mammal Science. The host is Dr. Chris Parsons.
 
OneTaste, London's primary music and spoken word event has started a monthly podcast. In each episode Dannii will introduce you to a wealth of unheard material from live performances at the OneTaste London and Brighton shows, interviews with new and established poets and musicians, special archive recordings from the OneTaste Vault, festival recordings from their OT Collective tours, OneTaste artist news and an ongoing story read by Polarbear over each podcast. Enjoy.
 
The world is getting warmer. The weather is getting weirder. And in Alaska, we have a front row seat. This summer, Alaska’s Energy Desk returns with all-new episodes of our podcast, Midnight Oil. Season Two is called The Big Thaw. Last season, we looked back -- at the state’s roller-coaster history with oil. This time, we're looking forward, to one of the biggest question marks ahead: climate change. What does it mean to be an oil state in a warming world?
 
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This week’s guest is Dr. Tony Orr, whose work is on the change and differences with age, classes, diet, oxygen capacity, diving behaviors, movement patterns and distribution, nitrogen and carbon level differences between young versus older California sea lions. His laboratory looks at sea lion scat and analyses stable isotopes to look at what the s…
 
Dr. Ashley Scarlett has a wide-ranging discussion with Fabien Ritter from the history of whale watching in La Gomera, to the organization M.E.E.R. Their discussion covers topics on sustainable whale-watching, ship strikes, and the International Whaling Commission. M.E.E.R Website: https://m-e-e-r.de/?lang=en Speak Up For Blue Instagram Speak Up For…
 
I had the wonderful opportunity to speak to Paula Mackie, a Reproductive Sciences Coordinator at the Toronto Zoo, about what the Reproductive Sciences team does to help drive conservation at the Zoo. Paula tells me about how her passion for conservation guided her to work at the Zoo after exploring and working in other fields. She discusses the ste…
 
Dr. Emily Choy has studied the physiology of beluga whales in the Beaufort Sea, for many years. She’s been looking at the link between the whales’ physical condition and the variation of their prey, and how this is affected by the changes that are occurring in the Arctic environment. Emily S. Choy, PhD Twitter @Emily_S_Choy: https://twitter.com/Emi…
 
On this week's episode, Dr. Ashley Scarlett continues to speak to Dr. Bernd Wursig, a distinguished professor emeritus in the Department of Marine Biology at Texas A&M University. Dr. Wursig shares his past experiences and career. He speaks about collaborating with famous dolphin scientist Ken Norris in Hawaii, his work with dusky dolphins in New Z…
 
Did you know that the red panda (Ailurus fulgens), known for being cute and cuddly, is an animal that is not related to the giant panda at all? In this episode, I interview keeper, Lisa Termini, who has the joyous opportunity to work with these incredible animals. I had the chance to ask Lisa some questions to find out more about the red pandas inc…
 
On this week's episode, Dr. Ashley Scarlett talks to Dr. Bernd Wursig, a distinguished professor emeritus in Department of Marine Biology at Texas A&M University. Dr. Wursig shares his past experiences and career, and about the mentors that influenced his life and career. He also talks about about his work on dusky and bottlenose dolphins in Patago…
 
If you thought that talking about exfoliating marine mammals was a bore, you have never met Skyla Walcott. Our guest this week explains why moulting is so important for seals and sealions. Skyla goes in great detail about her research on Spotted and Weddell seals and why whiskers are so important to both pinnipeds and researchers. Show Notes: UCSC …
 
Jon Spero, Lead Keeper of Birds, joins me on the podcast to talk about the four species of hornbills at the Toronto Zoo. During the episode, Jon and I discuss the unique features of these wonderful birds, their cavity nests, and their conservation. Listen to why these birds are so important and find out what bird they are most often mistaken for.…
 
Use this audio tour while on your Drive-Thru BOOmobile adventure at the Toronto Zoo! This NEW adventure takes you on a tour around the Zoo from the comfort of your own car and with this audio tour, your family can enjoy the beautiful fall foliage and festive décor while listening to a special Halloween-themed podcast! Book your tickets at torontozo…
 
This week’s guests are Josh London and Erin Moreland who talk about their seal research in the Arctic, using cutting-edge methods from tagging to aerial surveys. Relevant Link - Protected Marine Life In Alaska: https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/region/alaska#protected-marine-life Relevant paper: https://esajournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1…
 
The learning and Engagement team coordinates everything from sign content for our animal habitats to the volunteer and school programs that are designed to help you engage and learn about all of the wonderful conservation work that happens at the Zoo and within the community. Mary Ellen Fraser and Shawn Blackburn join me in today’s episode to discu…
 
This week Dr. Ashley Scarlett talks to Karli Chudeau, a Ph.D. student at UC Davis, who studies the welfare and behavioral development of Pacific harbor seal pups in the wildlife rehabilitation center at The Marine Mammal Center. Karli explains her research and why "behavioral enrichment" is so important for seals, their welfare, and their successfu…
 
Horticulture enthusiasts lined up to take a whiff of the corpse flower (Amorphophallus titanum), Vincent Van Gross, whose name describes its smell. With blooms occurring once every 6-10 years and lasting for about 36 hours, this was a must-see at your Toronto Zoo! Clare Wharton joins me on the podcast to discuss the organization of the plant collec…
 
Minke Witteveen, a Ph.D. student at the Nelson Mandela University talks to Dr. Ashley Scarlett about her research that focuses on the ecological and social aspects of whale-watching tourism in Plettenberg Bay. Minke Witteveen’s short documentary: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2554901594737117 Speak Up For Blue Instagram Speak Up For Blue Twitte…
 
This week’s guest is Jose Palazzo, a wildlife conservation manager at the Brazilian Humpback Whale Institute (https://josetruda.wordpress.com). Jose talks about whale conservation, and especially the proposed South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary. A Commissioner for the International Whaling Commission, Jose goes over the history of the International Whal…
 
The Toronto Zoo has a number of functions occurring at the same time from Zookeepers to Guest Services, the staff deal with many moving parts on a daily basis. One important function at the Toronto Zoo is to create better opportunities for the animals to strive and for researchers along with the public to learn about the animals that need protectio…
 
This week’s guest is Dr. Leslie Cornick, who talks to host Dr. Ashley Scarlett about her work with Beluga whales in Cook Inlet, Alaska. Dr. Cornick explains her fieldwork experiences and her journey to become a marine ecologist. She discusses the trials and tribulations she has faced along her road to becoming one of our most influential female aca…
 
This week’s guest is Dr. Ashley Scarlett, who talks to Dr. Chris Parsons about her natural and social science research assessing the sustainability of dolphin-watching in Bocas Del Toro Panama. She also discusses her research on science communication, including how to make an effective conservation commercial or advertisement. Finally, she discusse…
 
Brent Huffman is back on the podcast to provide you with great information on the cheetah. We talk about how the cheetah is built for speed as they are the fastest land animal. We also talk about their social dynamics and how it affects the way the Zoo cares for them. Finally, Brent tells us about the conservation status of cheetahs and how the bre…
 
This week’s guest is Katherina Audley, the Director and Founder of the Whales of Guerrero Project (https://www.whalesinmexico.com/). Katherina has been working with the local community in Guerrero, Mexico to study and conserve local humpback whales. She gives some excellent suggestions and tips for how to better engage with local communities in ord…
 
This week’s guest is Dr. Laura May-Collado, who has studied whale and dolphin in several countries in Central America. Dr. May-Collado has, in particular, been working to help save a genetically distinct and imperiled population of dolphins in Bocas del Toro, Panama. After a decade and a half of scientific studies (both biological and social), this…
 
The Eland is a dynamic species that has a varied herbivore diet and an interesting herd dynamic. I wanted to find out more about the Eland so I sat down with Zookeeper, Jason Pootoolal, who passionately describes what it’s like to look after the Eland herd at the Zoo and what challenges wild Eland face in the African Savanna. https://www.wildlifeco…
 
Dr. Chris Parsons chats Dave Mattila, the organizer of the International Whaling Commission’s whale entanglement program. They chat about his career, his research on humpback whales in the Caribbean, and how this brought him to his current position coordinating, setting up training, and developing networks to disentangle whales from fishing gear. S…
 
Dr. Chris Parsons chats to marine mammal zoogeographer Dr. Ellen Hines about her career and her recent research investigating the unique “whale temples” in Vietnam - which are proving to be an invaluable scientific resource. They also talk about her research in Canada, other parts of Southeast Asia, and the importance of GIS (geographical informati…
 
When I think about the zebra, I think about another prey item; however, there is so much more to zebra than being prey for African Savanna predators. Amanda Taylor, Zookeeper at the Toronto Zoo, sits down with me to discuss the Grevy’s Zebra, the herd at the Zoo, and why these animals are classified as endangered in the wild.…
 
Dr. Chris Parsons chats to marine mammal veterinarian Dr. Claire Simeone about working as a marine mammal vet, hot topics in marine mammal health, the work of her environmental group Sea Change Health, and the “One Health” concept. They also talk about the importance of those in marine mammal science and conservation looking after their own mental …
 
Cindy Peter of the Sarawak Dolphin Project chats to Dr. Chris Parsons about what it’s like to live in Sarawak, on the island of Borneo, and about her research on the dolphins and porpoises that live in the local waters. Speak Up For Blue Instagram Speak Up For Blue Twitter Check out the Shows on the Speak Up For Blue Network: Marine Conservation Ha…
 
Jenn Martin sits down with me to discuss Bactrian camels with me. I have great respect for any animal that lives in some of the harshest conditions in the world, where temperatures range from -40C to 40C, but the camel scoffs at those types of conditions as they are built to withstand temperatures, blowing sand, and low water conditions. Jenn talks…
 
Dr. Chris Parsons chats to Mark Simmonds OBE about Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and their conservation work on whale and dolphin entanglement, pollution, climate change, and other issues. They also talk about some of the concerns about the Government of Japa…
 
Dr Chris Parsons chats to Dr Gianna Minton about her career change from teaching to travelling around the world researching whales & dolphins in Oman, Malaysia, Gabon and Europe. Most recently she's been writing the International Whaling Commission's new Whale-Watching Handbook: a fantastic online resource for tourists, whale-watching operators, ma…
 
How do you take care of a 2000 pound wood bison at the Toronto Zoo? Well, I sat down with Zookeeper, Amy Goswell, to talk about the Zoo’s wood bison population. We discuss the Behavioural Husbandry work done with the animals to ensure the staff can provide the best care for these magnificent animals. Amy and I also discuss how these animals fared o…
 
This week Chris Parsons interviews Sally Mizroch and world expert on the sei whale. Sei whales were heavily hit by whaling and her research indicates that many stocks have never really recovered. But this whale is largely overlooked by marine conservation groups. Sally talks about the history of industrial and commercial whaling - pointing out some…
 
Do you like crocodiles, snakes, and turtles? How about if they were from the Indo-Malayan Region? Well, you are in luck! I had the chance to sit down and chat with Rick Vos, Lead Keeper of Amphibians and Reptiles at the Toronto Zoo. Rick tells us about how he became a Zookeeper and describes some of the reptile exhibits in detail. Rick even discuss…
 
Dr. Eric Archer is Chris Parsons’s guest this week. Dr. Archer discusses the work of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) marine mammal genetics lab, his research in fin whales, and what it’s like to do oceanic surveys for whales and dolphins and to live on one of NOAAs research vessels. Dr. Archer is also co-Chair of the So…
 
Dr. Lorelei Crerar is Dr. Chris Parsons’s guest this week. Dr. Crerar talks about how Georg Steller discovered the Steller’s sea cow, and about its extinction. They also talk about the “bigfoot” of the oceans – the mythical sea monkey that Steller reported seeing. They also talk about Dr. Crerar’s research that discovered a new population of Stelle…
 
Safety and security is a priority at the Toronto Zoo, especially during these unprecedented times where we must practice social distancing and pandemic protocols to ensure our safety. I was wondering how a Conservation facility like that of the Toronto Zoo would handle this pandemic when the province announced a state of emergency. I sat down with …
 
This week Dr. Chris Parsons interviews Dr. Lee Talbot. Lee has had a long and interesting career in ecology and conservation, but he was especially influential for being the writer of both the US Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act. He tells us about how he managed to persuade President Nixon about the importance of conservi…
 
Dr. Michelle Barbieri is the guest on this week’s podcast talking about NOAA’s efforts to conserve the endangered Hawaiian monk seal. In addition to the threats that the seals face, and the various conservation initiatives that have to put in place to help the seals’ recovery, we discuss what it is like to be a marine mammal veterinarian and ways t…
 
Dr. Chris Parsons chats this week to Steve Leathery form the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) about the Government’s role in managing, conserving and studying marine mammals. They also discuss some of the main issues in marine mammal conservation at the moment and the possibilities for finding a marine mammal science career…
 
Dr. Lucy Keith-Diagne of the African Aquatic Conservation Fund is Dr. Chris Parsons’ guest this week, talking about African manatee conservation and what it’s like to conduct aquatic conservation science in Senegal. For more information about the work of this great environmental group please visit @AfricanAquatic on Twitter or their Website: https:…
 
I meet some amazing Zookeepers at the Toronto Zoo every time I interview them for an episode on this podcast. I always ask the Zookeepers to share stories about the animals they have worked with over the course of their careers. It’s the best part of my day to hear how the various personalities of the animals can make a Zookeeper’s day! Unfortunate…
 
This week, Professor Rob Harcourt chats to Chris Parsons about his research in Antarctica on Weddell seals and other marine mammals and, also, what it is like to be living and work on an Antarctic base. Chris and Rob also discuss the impacts of the Australian wildfires and the time Rob was attacked by pirates.…
 
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