Go wild on World Animal Day with educational podcasts like “Just the Zoo of Us,” “30 Animals That Made Us Smarter,” “Nature Guys,” and more. October 4 is a special day to remember that humans depend on animals and a healthy ecosystem. This day also raises awareness for animals’ rights, welfare, and making the world a better place.
October 4 was originally recognized as World Animal Day to honor the patron saint of ecology and animals, Francis of Assisi, on his death date. October 4 also celebrated Francis of Assisi’s feast day.
Celebrate World Animal Day with these informative podcasts on your favorite species, lesser-known animal facts, and tidbits about our wonderful world.
The Wild with Chris Morgan
KUOW News and Information’s “The Wild with Chris Morgan” explores how nature thrives alongside humans. Episodes trek through the Pacific Northwest and around the world to share stories from people protecting the environment, working in nature, and more. Soothing nature sounds accompany Chris’ narrations each episode.
Just the Zoo of Us
“Just the Zoo of Us” is a creative and educational series embracing the animal kingdom for listeners of all ages. Hosts Ellen and Christian Weatherford review different animal species and rate them out of 10 based on ingenuity, aesthetics, and effectiveness. The hosts are often joined by guests like anthropologist/cetologist Drew Smith, marine biologist Sophie Wolvin, and musician/comic artist/birder Tommy Siegel – just to name a few.
30 Animals That Made Us Smarter
BBC World Service’s “30 Animals That Made Us Smarter” shares incredible things we’ve learned from animals. Hear fascinating episodes on how the dragonfly inspired a spy drone, a solution to an environmental problem based on kingfisher’s eyelids, wasps and keyhole surgery, how moon jellyfish inspired a soft, underwater robot, and more. Tune in for over 60 episodes running less than 20 minutes on average.
Strange Animals Podcast
On Katherine Shaw’s “Strange Animals Podcast,” learn about living, extinct, and imaginary animals. Recent episodes covered the peregrine falcon, bat-winged dinosaurs, lobsters, the kunga, mystery invertebrates, and more in over 290 episodes.
Tooth & Claw: True Tales of Animal Attacks
Want to hear about animal encounters gone wrong? Tune into “Tooth & Claw: True Stories of Animal Attacks” where wildlife biologist/animal behavior expert Wes Larson, his brother Jeff, and their friend Mike explain true stories of animal attacks and share tips to avoid them. Recent episodes covered a grizzly bear attack, an angry bison, a horrible fire ant experience, and the origins of the phrase, “A dingo ate my baby.”
Relax with Animal Facts
Stefan Wolfe’s “Relax with Animal Facts” is a soothing podcast bringing listeners across seas, jungles, and swamps to learn about animals. Check out over 100 topic-specific episodes on hermit crabs, the Tasmanian tiger, bumblebees, fireflies, raccoons, and more.
“Nature Guys” host Bob Staggenborg connects listeners to the outdoors on his podcast. Tune in for episodes on Yellowstone’s wolves, deer, wildflowers, Iceland’s volcanic eruption, and more. An episode discussed Cornell Lab’s Merlin App to help you identify bird calls. Guests like research ecologists, a National Park Service science communicator, authors, and more join Bob in semimonthly episodes.
Animals to the Max
Animal expert Corbin Maxey (as seen on the Today Show, Tonight Show, and Late Night) chats with guests about work in animal-related fields. They’ll share their adventures and passion for animals.