Zoo Talkin’ Radio

(Zoo Talkin’ Radio  &  Bears On The Air)

Who’s Talkin’ on Zoo Talkin’->
(See guest biographies, listen to archived episodes, and see who is scheduled to be on future broadcasts)

The programs air on Monday evenings at 9:00 or 10:00 PM (EST), unless an exception is noted ahead of time. With few exceptions below, the episodes are scheduled to air live at 10:00 PM EST to accommodate our West Coast co-host.  The episodes are all archived for your listening pleasure.

Producer: Dr. Jordan Schaul
Jordan Schaul , Sandra Dee Robinson, Dr. Grey Stafford, and Steve Mendive


Zoo Talkin’ Radio encourages and embraces positive and constructive dialogue among  those employed by living institutions and hopes to bring awareness of the role the personnel at these conservation centers play in saving species from the brink of extinction.  We also  talk with people in peripheral disciplines who may not work directly with living collections, but are mindful of the roles captive wildlife facilities play in contributing to conservation, and who themselves may participate in other projects at universities or with the support of conservation NGOs or private entities.   Join Zoo Talkin’ Radio On Facebook

Bears On The Air is intended to raise awareness and prompt people to take proactive measures in supporting sound conservation efforts for these flagship species. Living among large, opportunistic, omnivorous, carnivoran mammals must make us mindful and not fearful. Hopefully, with the help of our guests, we can convey more about how bears may perceive us. We hope to share suggestions for helping our audience develop a more vested interest in saving and managing the habitat needed for bears to survive for future generations in an increasingly crowded world.    Join Bears On The Air On Facebook


According to the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), bears are the most popular exhibit animals displayed in their member zoological parks (North America). These facilities are noted for their conservation, education, and research efforts, including cooperative breeding programs. This popularity of bears may be especially important for the neccessary and beneficial exposure and publicity regarding pressing conservation issues facing bears and their habitat. Zoo outreach specialists, similar to park rangers working protected areas, will hopefully take advantage of the opportunity to educate patrons visiting  living institutions on issues concerning the conservation status of the eight living species of bears.

Wildlife facilities from zoos, to sanctuaries are most poised to convey the threats facing the 8 extant (living) species of bears and hopefully will encourage people to advocate on behalf of bear conservation. Support bears close to home and in far off places.

Learn about the plight of bears at  the website of the International Association for Bear Research & Management (International Bear Association) and the Bear Specialist Group of the Species Survival Comission (International Union for the Conservation of Nature).  Our own sister site is Bear Keepers’ Forum which is hosted by Jordan, is under construction, but also provides additional resources on captive and wild bears. Jordan  can be reached at ibanews@bearbiology.com or at jordan@alaskawildlife.org to discuss bear issues. To contact Sandra’s publicist visit Sandra Dee Robinson, Charisma On Camera.

We also endeavor to make celebrities and other public figures more aware of what impact living institutions have on current global conservation initiatives. We want to share just how vital these conservation centers are as support entities for their field conservation partners and as sponsors of principal investigators of their own research programs.  This is the primary reason why I asked my  Zoo Peeps contributing author,  actress, and media trainer, Sandra Dee Robinson to co-host this program.  Sandra is very well-connected with the public figures and celebrities in Los Angeles and around the country.   Who better to co-host a program with than my own media trainer, Sandra Dee Robinson.   She also received rave reviews for her posts on media training for zoo and aquarium professionals on the Zoo Peeps’ conservation  blogRic Urban, a curator, educator, and very active professional member of AZA, praised Sandra’s contribution as a very helpful resource for those who bring animal ambassadors face-to-face with the public, in person, or on the air.  Other ‘zoo peeps’ have requested additional contributions from Sandra. As a media trainer and owner of Charisma on Camera, Sandra is poised to bring out the best in the people who are a vital conduit between scientists in the field and patrons of living institutions.  Sandra can make anyone shine.  She’s focused, yet funny and very passionate about wildlife. Our chemistry on the air makes guests comfortable with our format, and provides for an entertaining and informative program.

Some celebrities are on the fence regarding their perception of zoo programs.  They often aren’t aware of AZA or EAZA or AAZK . They are more familiar with SAG as in the Screen Actors Guild than in any zoo association advisory groups.  They may perceive that some living institutions are different or more progressive than others, but are more than likely, they are quite unaware of any regulations, standards, or national accreditation programs for facilities holding living collections.   Zoo associations work very hard to campaign on behalf of their member institutions, but it’s not an easy message to convey, just what zoos are all about. We hope to foster awareness among celebrities and other wildlife enthusiasts through stories of zoo peeps and other wildlife conservation professionals.

We want to share why zoos inspire so many people to become more eco-conscious and passionate about conserving our natural heritage/resources and the plight of so many endangered species that rarely get any publicity at all. We hope to convey just how zoos collectively participate in cooperative science and conservation programs that enhance the welfare of animals in captivity (animal ambassadors) and their free-ranging counterparts in the wild.  But again, there are also  facilities that are not accredited by national associations that do great work and contribute to science and conservation. There are plenty of people who are making contributions outside of zoos and aquariums, or in situ research programs. We will talk to them as well.