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Amazing Wildlife

A San Diego Zoo Podcast


An all-new season of our podcast, Amazing Wildlife, has taken flight! Join hosts, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Ambassadors Rick Schwartz and Marco Wendt, for a fresh perspective and unique insights into the intricacies of wildlife conservation.

From caterpillars metamorphosing into butterflies here in the Southwest, to on-the-ground community efforts to save mane-less African lions with our partners on the savannas of Kenya—and so much more!—you’ll be transported deep into the world of wildlife and conservation around the globe.

Tune in to Amazing Wildlife online or wherever you listen to podcasts for Apple or Android

Your Hosts: Rick Schwartz and Marco Wendt

Rick and Marco from Amazing Wildlife Podcast

Episode Descriptions

Discover a Diversity of Wildlife

Episode 1 - Currently Live
Secrets from Inside the Chrysalis
Everyone enjoys the beauty of the butterfly, and we all know they come from caterpillars. But how do they go from one to the other? In this episode of Amazing Wildlife, Rick and Marco follow their curiosity about what happens in the chrysalis. Joined by San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance Senior Wildlife Care Specialist in Entomology Lynn Fennema, we learn what a caterpillar goes through to become a butterfly, the difference between a cocoon and a chrysalis, and so much more! 

Coming Soon! Every Other Friday, a New Episode Is Released

Episode 2
No Mane, No Pride—No Problem
Are they still lions if the males do not have a mane and they don’t live in a pride? In this episode of Amazing Wildlife, Rick and Marco explore how and why some lions of Kenya thrive without a pride, and the males lack manes. Joined by Founder and Executive Director of Ewaso Lions Dr. Shivani Bhalla, and Research Manager of Ewaso Lions Toby Otieno, we learn more about humans and lions living together, and the importance of community-based conservation.