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Zoo to welcome original ‘Wild Kingdom’ host Jim Fowler Oct. 3

On Thursday, Oct. 3, the Rosamond Gifford Zoo will host, “Twilight at the Zoo Special Edition: A Life in the Wild with Jim Fowler.” The evening lecture begins at 6:30 p.m., and is sponsored by Mutual of Omaha.

An original host of Mutual of Omaha’s “Wild Kingdom,” the legendary Fowler helped bring the world’s most exotic places and creatures into American living rooms. “Wild Kingdom” premiered on Jan. 6, 1963, taking viewers to the far corners of the world to observe wild animals in their natural habitats.

Over the years, the show and its host of fearless guides — Fowler, Marlin Perkins and Peter Gros —became a Sunday evening tradition for families across the country. It also pioneered a new television genre — the reality show — as viewers witnessed exciting stories and learned about wildlife, conservation and challenges of life in the wild.

From near misses with elephants and giant anacondas, to funny tales from “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson,” Fowler has great stories to tell. His appearance at the zoo will both entertain and amaze audience members with some of the most memorable moments of his time in the wild.

Tickets are still available. Cost is $30 for zoo members and $40 for non-members. Visit rosamondgiffordzoo.org/adult-programs for complete information and to purchase.

“Twilight at the Zoo” programs are fun, educational experiences for adults ages 21 and older. Cash bar and refreshments will be available during the event. For questions, contact Nate Keefe, director of education, at 435-8511 ext. 206.

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