Wild Kingdom TV
Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom, which premiered on January 6, 1963, took viewers to the far corners of the world and studied wild animals in their natural habitats.
The show pioneered the format now common to nature shows, which builds a suspenseful story around the very real challenges faced by the hosts and camera crews in the wild.
The program let viewers see the action, but not the violence, which helped make it the favorite nature show of millions of American families.
Hosting duties were handled by Marlin Perkins, who was joined by several field correspondents, including subsequent hosts Jim Fowler and Peter Gros. Wild Kingdom was seen on network prime-time television until 1971, at which time it was syndicated on the Mutual of Omaha National Syndication Network. More than 200 local stations asked to join the network.
Connect with Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom: YouTube: http://youtube.com/user/WildKingdomTV
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