Jim Fowler

One of the world's best-known naturalists, Jim Fowler has presented information about wildlife and wilderness to the American public and on television for over 30 years. He first served with Marlin Perkins as co-host and later became host of "Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom." Jim has been the wildlife correspondent for NBC's "Today Show" since 1988, and was a regular on "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson." As Executive Director of Mutual of Omaha's Wildlife Heritage Center, Jim is now intimately involved in a nationwide conservation education program conducted at the local community level. This includes personal appearances in numerous cities each year to share the grants, scholarships, and educational materials provided through the Center. Jim has produced educational videos on the Alaskan grizzly bear, the nesting habits of the endangered Florida crocodile, and on Lake Baikal in Russia. He is an internationally known authority on predatory birds. His first studies were of the harpy, the world's largest eagle, in the wilds of the Amazon, and he has tracked the movements of the Andean condor in Peru. He was a technical consultant for the making of Disney's "The Lion King." He has served on the Board of Governors of the Explorers Club for 12 years, and has been awarded the Explorers Medal, the Club's highest honor. Jim sits on the boards of the Friends of Conservation, the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, and Global Communications for Conservation. Jim's goal is to be an effective spokesperson for the natural world and to find new ways of reaching families and children so that wildlife are important to their lives. He also is pioneering a new concept that displays native wildlife in large free-roaming habitats called ecological parks.

Last update: 7 August 1998 Robert W. Schmieder, schmieder@cordell.org