My favorite episodes about animals of 2019!

A curated episode list by Paul Csomo
Creation Date December 30th, 2019
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There are TONS of podcasts about animals out there and here are some of the episodes that I thought were the very best in 2019.
“And today we’re talking about the John Wick of weasels and like John Wick, you just don’t want to get in it’s way. But more on that later.” The plains of sub-Saharan Africa are a dangerous place for mid- to smallish-sized mammals. There are lots of predators that want to make a meal out of you and your posterity. For the honey badger, there is no middle ground—it’s all or nothing. Don’t let its dame fool you, the badger is always ready to put up its dukes and fight to the death with anything that rubs it the wrong way. To be this aggro, the honey badger needs to have some interesting tools in its survival kit that can only be described here in Life Death and Taxonomy. (more…)
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Paul Csomo

It's hard to pick a best episode of 2019 for this podcast. I landed on the honey badger because that's one of my favorite animals. Joe and Carlos have excellent chemistry and you'll laugh and learn with every episode.
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Actor and podcaster Mark Gagliardi joins me in Lake Arrowhead, California, for his first bird walk. Will it live up to his expectations? Will we see any birds? Listen and find out!   Shows mentioned: We Got This! with Mark and Hal Mark's podcast: Pod & Treasure Follow Mark on Twitter - @MarkGags Maximum Fun website ______________ Birds of Southern California: A Guide to Common & Notable Species (Quick Reference Guides) Learn more: Bird guide link To find out more about the birds mentioned this week, and to see videos and hear sound clips, visit allaboutbirds.org  ______________  The Casual Birder Podcast Don't miss an episode - subscribe to the show (Subscribing is free) Follow me on - Twitter: @CasualBirderPod Instagram: @CasualBirderPodcast or join the Facebook group at Facebook Group   Thank you to Randy Braun for designing the artwork for the show. The theme music is Short Sleeved Shirt by The Drones. Thanks to them for letting me use it. Check out their website at Drones Music
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Suzy takes Mark Gagliardi from the We Got This! with Mark and Hal podcast for his first bird walk! Of course Mark is a very funny guy and it seemed like he really enjoyed his first bird walk but this episode was also very much an interview with Suzy and I feel like I got to know her better through this episode.
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Last year, two people were attacked by sharks on Cape Cod, and one died. The result has been a  media frenzy that really you have to see to believe. Find more Outside/In at outsideinradio.org
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I will ALWAYS listen to an episode about one of the world's most vilified animals. The great thing about this episode was learning how the changing attitude toward great whites results in a changing attitude toward other animals. Fascinating stuff.
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In this episode, I interview one of my idols, Jungle Jack Hanna. We discuss Jack’s extensive career working with animals. Topics include Jack’s early childhood, what brought him to the Columbus Zoo as a director in 1978, Monkeys loose on the interstate (literally)!, David Letterman, and much more!Please visit Jack’s website for more info: https://www.jackhanna.comFollow Corbin MaxeyYouTube: https://goo.gl/ZbuBnRInstagram: https://goo.gl/NDYWFF Twitter: https://goo.gl/F4zVfNFacebook: https://goo.gl/ZsE1SP
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I grew up watching Jack Hanna take his animals on various television shows. Corbin Maxey is arguably today's Jack Hanna. I couldn't help but geek out with Corbin as he geeked out talking to Jack Hanna. Truly a delightful episode.
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This is a special episode with invited guest Corbin Maxey from Animals to the Max.In this episode we discuss the current role zoos, aquariums, and even in Corbin's field of animals used for education in the entertainment industry, and why they are so critical to promoting animal conservation. We take a in depth look at exactly what accredited zoos and aquariums are doing for the animals in the wild. Show notes HERE
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It's so hard to choose a favorite episode of this podcast. Angie and Chris are SO passionate about the animals they talk about and wildlife conservation efforts. This roundtable discussion with Corbin Maxey was my favorite episode of 2019 because it emphasizes how important zoos and aquariums really are for wildlife conservation. I actually bought an annual pass to my local zoo after hearing this. If you love animals this is a MUST LISTEN TO episode.
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Travis Kauffman went for a trail run near his home in Colorado. But an unexpected run-in almost turned him into trail mix. Then the internet got involved. (more…)
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Travis Kaufman went for a run and got attacked by a mountain lion. The mountain lion lost its life. And then the Internet happened. And then things got weird. It's an amazing story.
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CritterCast fans, we were super excited to bring this episode to you. Raccoons might just be the very definition of the word “critter” so they obviously have a very special place in our hearts. Everyone has an opinion of raccoons: major pest or adorable potential pet. BUT how much do you actually know about these mammals? In this hour long extravaganza we’re going to attempt to get through at least the basics of what raccoons are, why they have a complicated relationship with people, and why you should love and respect them. Plus we give a special shout out to the Cult of Domesticity podcast and make announcements about the Sacramento Reptile Show!
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Paul Csomo

I absolutely adore this podcast. Koreena and Cassie have excellent chemistry. Yet another podcast that I listen to as soon as a new episode drops. This episode stood out because I am not a fan of raccoons. At all. At least I wasn't until I heard this episode. So they're OK now. I guess.
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We still answer listener questions, we swear! :) This week is all about guest interactions. We answer: - What are the funniest we've heard zoo guests say? - Do we have any anecdotes of our top most ridiculous encounters with guests? - What stupid questions have we been asked, have we overhead people mistake species of animals for others, and what arguments have we found ourselves in with ignorant guests.   Buckle up, and learn how to be the best zoo guest you can be!
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Another podcast that makes it really difficult to pick a single episode. Flora and Fauna are loud and funny and probably a little tipsy and definitely NSFW. They love their animals. They don't always love the guests at the zoo. Hear some amazing stories and a lesson in how not to suck as a zoo guest.
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This week we're going to learn not about strange birds, but about strange sounds some birds make. Thanks to Sam for the suggestion, and thanks to Llewelly and Leo for suggesting two of the birds we feature today! Further watching: Greater prairie chicken courtship display A bittern, weird swamp bird: An American woodcock, adorable: Ocellated turkey, beautiful and goofy: Greater prairie chicken: Show transcript: Welcome to Strange Animals Podcast. I’m your host, Kate Shaw. Halloween is over and we’re all just about sick of candy, or maybe that’s just me. Either way, if you live in the northern hemisphere we’re heading into winter, but if you live in the southern hemisphere spring is in full swing! And spring means birdsong! Thanks to Sam for the suggestion that we do a whole episode about interesting bird calls, and thanks to Llewelly and Leo for some excellent bird suggestions. But we can’t cover all the weird bird calls out there in one episode. I think I’ll make this a recurring topic, and every so often we’ll get a weird birdsong episode. This time we’ll learn about a few birds of North America, although one is from Central America. Let’s start with this unusual sound. [Bittern call] That’s the call of the male American bittern, a type of heron that lives throughout most of North America. It’s brown with paler streaks that help camouflage it in the reeds and water grasses where it spends most of its time. It likes freshwater marshes and other wetlands with lots of tall plants to hide in. When the bittern feels threatened, it stands still, points its long bill upwards with its neck stretched out, and sways slightly to imitate the reeds around it. But it still does this even if it’s standing out in the open, because while it’s a neat bird, it maybe is not exactly a genius. The bittern eats fish, crustaceans, insects, and other small animals. Like many birds, whatever parts of its food it can’t digest, like fish scales and dragonfly wings, form into pellets in its digestive tract that it regurgitates later. Males sometimes fight over territories by flying upwards in a spiral, both birds trying to stab each other with their bills. The male is the one that makes the weird call we just heard. He gulps air to inflate his esophagus, which is the inside part of the throat, and uses the air to make his call. This is more similar to the way frogs call than birds. He also clacks his bill. He only makes this call during breeding season, which is in the spring and summer. Next, let’s listen to the call of another North American bird, the American woodcock: [American woodcock sound] The American woodcock is a relatively small bird with short legs, basically no tail, large black eyes, and a long pointy bill. It’s considered a game bird although I’m not sure why, since people don’t seem to eat it. It’s brown with black and lighter brown markings which camouflage it perfectly among dead leaves, and it looks like a shore bird because it’s actually closely related to shore birds like sandpipers. It lives in woodlands and pastures throughout eastern North America. It uses its long bill to probe the ground for earthworms, and the tip of the upper half of the bill, properly called a mandible, is flexible so the woodcock can grab a worm without actually opening its beak. It also eats small insects and other invertebrates, and seeds. It’s mostly active at dawn and dusk, and it migrates at night. In spring, the male woodcock attracts females by a flight display called sky dancing. He spirals upward, then down again, chirping melodically while the wind through three specialized primary feathers in his wings make a twittering sound, which is what we just heard. Next is this bird, which was suggested by Llewelly. [ocellated turkey call] That’s the ocellated turkey, also called the green peacock. It mostly only lives in a small area of Mexico called the Yucatan Peninsula.
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Paul Csomo

When I get to work on Monday morning, Strange Animals is without fail one of the first podcasts I listen to. Kate Shaw is quirky and funny and a GREAT teacher. What I loved about this episode was the bird noises! And a little 'surprise' bird noise at the end. Also birds are weird and loud.
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Learn about the true Anteaters of Central and South America including the Tamandua and the Giant Anteater, the powerful digger of Africa - the Aardvark and the peculiar and endangered Pangolin of Africa and Asia. It's anteaters and ant-eating animals on Amazing Wildlife Episode #009.Full show notes available here. 
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Paul Csomo

This is a great little rapid-fire animal education podcast. Every episode features three animals. I happen to love these three animals. There's also a big emphasis on zoos, aquariums and wildlife conservation in each episode which I appreciate.
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Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode all about dismantling unfair animal prejudices, Christian caves to peer pressure and sets the record straight on the blobfish, and Ellen shifts the narrative on the three-toed sloth. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
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One of my top three favorite brand new podcasts of 2019. Husband and wife Christian and Ellen each rate an animal in various categories on a scale of 1-10. Which is totally ridiculous. But also hilarious. Oh, and you'll probably learn something in between laughing fits. Especially in this episode. You need to hear this podcast.
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Learn a little about the Red Panda with Dylan and Genevieve. Sources we used for this episode are:https://scholasticlibrary.digital.scholastic.com/978-0-531-23030-5.htmlhttps://youtu.be/nMsp8vGkE4Qhttps://youtu.be/13Kaw0mbCM0https://youtu.be/QYC0OHMuP_wIf you have answers to the animal questions or a guess for next weeks episode, or any feedback, as we are always learning, please email us at whatareyoupodcast@gmail.comFind us on Twitter @whatareyoupodFind us on Facebook www.facebook.com/whatareyoupodFind us on Instagram @whatareyoupod
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This is actually what talking to little kids about pretty much anything is like. They have opinions. They get loud. They get uninterested. They have to go potty. They just start singing randomly. And that's what makes this podcast so darn wholesome and entertaining.
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Fish Guy Josh is back with a "Fish Guy Follows" This week he talks about @halley_Bury on Instagram. We hear from the Crappie Hippie with a news editorial about cheating bass pro Mike Long. AND I (Clay) explain the shows long absence and address a few complaints from listeners. All this and more on this weeks Podcast!
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Paul Csomo

What I've always loved about Fish Nerds is that it isn't always about what lures and baits to use and equipment reviews. In fact it's almost never about that. There are segments and phone calls and editorials. I'd never heard of Mike Long until this episode and the "Crappie Hippie" tells the story of a cheating bass fisherman that will just anger you.
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