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

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 above takes you into the mysteries of the Amazon. Enjoy…

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