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Wild For Life is the Toronto Zoo podcast that brings you behind the scenes and unveils the "hidden zoo." Each episode brings you information on the critical conservation work that protects endangered species and works to preserve biodiversity. You will hear from nutritionists, ecologists, veterinarians, social scientists, wildlife biologists, and more that are working hard to help protect wildlife from all over the world.
 
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Welcome to the THE DJ PRINCE AKEEM PODCAST. Hailing from Atlanta via Toronto, DJ Prince Akeem is one of the most prolific open format DJs in the United States. He is a mixshow DJ for the nationally syndicated Rickey Smiley Morning Show Weekend Jumpoff. This show is heard in 56 markets. His illustrious list of clients include the W Hotel, Adidas, Bloomingdales, Coke, Finishline, V103's Car & Bike Show, Zoo Atlanta, Sweet Auburn Fest, Fresh Empire and many more! While it’s easy to peg deejays ...
 
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Royal Fam, it's been a minute...happy holidays! I finally had a chance to hop back on Twitch last week. Check out my mix from a raid train called Soul II Soul. If you're not familiar with Twitch yet, a raid train is when DJs come together and play back to back to back sets with one another. My set includes a wide range of vibes, from Keyshia Cole, …
 
What's good Royal Family! This episode is fresh off of the airwaves. This is my latest mix from the #RickeySmiley Morning Show Weekend Jumpoff. Since it's Halloween, it's a quick mix of some themed classics. The playlist is below...enjoy! Oh...and don't forget to tell a friend and follow me @djprinceakeem on Instagram and at twitch.tv/djprinceakeem…
 
Royal Family, thanks for tuning in! If you like the vibe don't forget to subscribe to the show so you never miss an episode. Labor Day has come and gone but that doesn't mean we can't keep the vibes going. Here is PART FOUR of my Labor Day mix on 99.3 FM The Box in South Carolina. Follow me @djprinceakeem on IG Twitch.tv/djprinceakeem www.djprincea…
 
Royal Family, thanks for tuning in! If you like the vibe don't forget to subscribe to the show so you never miss an episode. Labor Day has come and gone but that doesn't mean we can't keep the vibes going. Here is PART THREE of my Labor Day mix on 99.3 FM The Box in South Carolina. Follow me @djprinceakeem on IG Twitch.tv/djprinceakeem www.djprince…
 
Royal Family, thanks for tuning in! If you like the vibe don't forget to subscribe to the show so you never miss an episode. Labor Day has come and gone but that doesn't mean we can't keep the vibes going. Here is PART TWO of my Labor Day mix on 99.3 FM The Box in South Carolina. Follow me @djprinceakeem on IG Twitch.tv/djprinceakeem www.djprinceak…
 
Royal Family, thanks for tuning in! If you like the vibe don't forget to subscribe to the show so you never miss an episode. Labor Day has come and gone but that doesn't mean we can't keep the vibes going. Here is PART ONE of my Labor Day mix on 99.3 FM The Box in South Carolina. Follow me @djprinceakeem on IG Twitch.tv/djprinceakeem www.djprinceak…
 
It's good to be back and in a BIG way! In case you missed my debut on Sirius XM FLY last Friday, don't worry...I got you. Here's my live radio mix from the Friday FLY Ride. Enjoy and as always...please don't forget to share the show! Playlist is below! @djprinceakeem www.djprinceakeem.com twitch.tv/djprinceakeem DJ Prince Akeem_SiriusXM FLY 9.2.22 …
 
The Vancouver Island Marmot is designated Critically Endangered under the Canadian Species At Risk Act and the Toronto Zoo (and their partners) are making sure that the cute marmots increase in a population where they would be no longer considered endangered. Stacy Soh, zookeeper at the Toronto Zoo, joins me on the podcast to tell you why she loves…
 
Royal Family, another week is here! This time I'm bringing you along to the heart of Buckhead. A prominent area for nightlife right here in Atlanta, Georgia. This is your Top 40, Billboard 100 mix with my spin on it. Upbeat...alllll gas, no brakes. As always, enjoy and tell a friend! Thank you! -Akeem You want to check out live mixes weekly? Join m…
 
What's good fam! It's another mix this week but this time it's over an hour and it has some of your favorite brunch vibes all in one spot. Picture the bottomless mimosas, a great scenery and some of your best friends singing a long and dancing to your favorite songs. You'll notice the tempo of the mix as we ease our way into the party vibes as the …
 
The Toronto Zoo is working to help protect the critically endangered Black-Footed Ferret from going extinct in the wild through a breeding program. Yeshy Beyersbergen joins me on the podcast to tell us about the program that raises the ferrets at the Zoo with the goal of releasing them into the wild to add to the population in North America. Yeshy …
 
The Jane Goodall Act will revolutionize animal welfare in institutions by revealing how accredited zoos, like the Toronto Zoo, prioritize animal welfare and conservation of their animals compared to roadside zoos and private owners of exotic animals such as big cats (tigers, lions, etc.), primates, and other animals that require trained zookeepers,…
 
Every time there is a new edition to the Toronto Zoo, the staff is very proud to speak about it. Today is no different. Amanda Caroll joins me on the podcast to discuss the journey to the birth of the new Sumatran orangutan at the Zoo. We discuss the pregnancy, birth, and how well Sekali (the mother) is taking care of her new bundle of joy.…
 
What's good Royal Family! I'm back at it again with another Royal Radio mix. This one is all about Atlanta. Let's go down memory lane and get to the classics! Turn us up...tell a friend and enjoy! Heads up, this one is explicit. Don't forget to follow me on IG @djprinceakeem and Twitch.tv/djprinceakeem for the live mixes. www.djprinceakeem.com…
 
This episode is all about turtle conservation as every May 23rd we celebrate World Turtle Day. Donnell Gasbarrini joins me on the podcast to discuss the status of turtles around the world as well as the Toronto Zoo’s efforts to help protect turtles through their Adopt-A-Pond program (and app) and the Headstart program to help save the Blanding's tu…
 
The Toronto Zoo has always been a conservation driven organization, where many of the initiatives started by the staff to reduce their impact on the surrounding environment and this is why I was not surprised when Kyla Greenham, Manager of Conservation and the Environment at the Zoo, told me about the release of their new program TZ Net0, a program…
 
Cheers to the weekend! I love playing weddings because of the constant energy. One of the biggest highlights is always the reception! Here's a mix filled with some of my favorites that tend to pack the dance floor. Enjoy and don't forget to share the love! Looking for a wedding DJ? Don't hesitate to connect at bookings@djprinceakeem.com www.djprinc…
 
Sophie De Vos joins me on the podcast to discuss her study on the behaviour of Juno, the polar bear, to ensure that the bear is doing well. Sophie is an undergraduate student from the Netherlands who flew over to the Toronto Zoo to study Juno on an overseas internship. Sophie recounts her journey from the Netherlands and how she is adapting to Cana…
 
Jason Pootoolal, zookeeper, joins me once again on the podcast to talk about the new giraffe addition at your Toronto Zoo. Jason tells me the behind-the-scenes details of what it’s like to take care of a pregnant giraffe and how the baby is born. He also discusses what it’s like to take care of a newborn giraffe and how the birth of this newborn wi…
 
There are three new cheetah editions at your Toronto Zoo this year so you know I wanted to talk about these cute cubs in this episode. Keith Pickthorn, a zookeeper in the African Savannah area of your Zoo, joins us on this episode to discuss the pregnancy, birth, and rearing of the cute big cats. He talks about how zookeepers monitor the animals du…
 
That's right fam, back with another mix from the Rickey Smiley Morning Show Weekend Jumpoff. In case you missed it you can catch it right here on Royal Radio. If you haven't already... don'f forget to add me on Twitch for live mixes. Twitch.tv/djprinceakeem and follow me @djprinceakeem on IG. More mixes will be up soon...stay tuned! -Akeem…
 
I bet you didn’t think that The Toronto Zoo could get anymore interactive! Well, think again because the Zoo released a new app called “On Thin Ice” where you can play a virtual reality game on your phone at the Zoo in the Tundra area. The app is designed to teach you about Climate Change and how animals such as Polar Bears, Caribou, and Bowhead Wh…
 
Have you ever wondered how each habitat at the Zoo is designed and what type of considerations are taken into account when a new habitat is designed? Brent Huffman, Lead Keeper of Mammals at The Toronto Zoo, returns to the podcast to talk about one of his favourite things are the Zoo: habitat design. Brent tells about all of the different considera…
 
Heidi Manicki joins me on this episode to help celebrate Charles, the iconic Silverback Gorilla, who turned 50 this year. We discuss how Charles has matured over his years at the Toronto Zoo including his number one fear! We also discuss how important Charles is as an iconic connection for visitors to learn about how we can better protect criticall…
 
I am excited to tell you that Kyla Graham, Manager of Conservation and Environment at the Zoo, joins me on the podcast to discuss the planning and implementation of the Zoo’s new BioGas program that it runs in partnership with ZooShare. Kyla described how the partnership with ZooShare was initiated to help the Zoo to find a process that will not on…
 
Nigel Parr, Zookeeper, stops by the podcast to tell us about the breeding program that brought us Mila, the Amur tiger cub, to the Toronto Zoo. We go in-depth on the breeding process and Mila’s parents; how the Zookeepers help monitor the health of the cubs; and, how the cub is cared for by Mila’s mom Mazyria and the Zoo staff. Help protect Amur Ti…
 
You can count on the Wild Encounters program at the Toronto Zoo to add more benefits to your visit to the Zoo to get a behind-the-scenes tour of some of your favourite animals such as the polar bears and giraffes. There are now new encounters including goats, reptiles, and the hidden zoo (a look behind the zoo into some of the research). Hollie Ros…
 
Brent Huffman, lead curator of mammals, at the Toronto Zoo joins me on this episode to discuss the importance of coorporative breeding programs at the Zoo. Brent defines the term “Cooporative Breeding” and tells us about various examples of breeding programs at the Zoo as well as some of the other zoos with which the Toronto Zoo works to ensure the…
 
How to you transport a juvenile rhinoceros from Toronto to Vancouver during a pandemic? Vicki Hardstaff, the Toronto Zoo’s Animal Logistics Coordinator, joins me in today’s episode to discuss the planning and execution of transferring Theo the rhinoceros to the Greater Vancouver Zoo. We discuss the number of Zoo staff that accompanied Theo; his sur…
 
Toby Thorne, Native Bat Coordinator, and Melissa Mayhew, Senior Environmental Scientist at the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) join me on the podcast to discuss why native bat conservation is so important to the Canadian environment and how the partnership between the Zoo and the NWMO is working to help protect bats and their habitat.…
 
The Oregon Spotted Frog is listed as an Endangered Species under the Canadian Species At Risk Act; therefore, the breeding success and reintroduction of offspring to the natural habitat is of utmost importance. It’s not surprising that the Toronto Zoo is partnering with Laurentian University to help research how to increase the success rate for the…
 
I am joined by Maria Franke, Manager of Welfare Science at the Toronto Zoo, on today’s episode to discuss how the Zoo monitors and studies animal welfare for its species. Animal welfare is always the number one priority. It uses a holistic approach that includes monitoring the physical, mental, and emotional status of the animals with a focus on qu…
 
I had the pleasure of interviewing Amanda Corbett today on the podcast to discuss the New Goat World habitat at the Toronto Zoo. The habitat offers goats a chance to climb, cross bridges, and climb the “Toronto Zoo” structure where guests can get a great photo! Amanda tells you about the goat species we have at the Zoo and how the Zookeepers look a…
 
Dr. Liz Okruhlik joins me on the podcast to discuss how she got her new position at the Toronto Zoo. She is the Conservation Research Veterinarian and hands down have THE best title in conservation. Dr. Liz tells me about the incredible work involving the conservation genetics of bison, camels, and white rhinos at the Zoo. We discuss the importance…
 
Ezekiel Gading joins me on the podcast to discuss his Master’s research thesis of studying the animal behaviour of one of the most charismatic animals in the animal kingdom, the orangutan. Ezekiel in conjunction with the Toronto Zoo has a unique opportunity to study how the Sumatran orangutans at the Zoo will behave after the move from the current …
 
The Toronto Zoo is participating in an international competition called Plastic-Free July to lead by example in the fight against using single-use plastics. Kyla Greenham, Manager of Conservation Programs and Environment, joins me on the podcast to tell you how the competition works; how you can reduce your single-use plastic pollution; how the Zoo…
 
Ryan Hegarty, the Lead Keeper at the Australasia Pavilion at the Toronto Zoo, joins me to discuss the amazing Tree Kangaroo. These cute animals have adapted to live in trees with their long nails on their front paws and their rigid tail used for balance. Ryan gives us the details on what it’s like to care for Puzzle, the Zoo’s Tree Kangaroo. Ryan a…
 
Brendan Bonner and I sit down to discuss why sloths move so slow and how do they survive in the wilderness. This conversation explores how animals adapt to their surroundings over time (evolution) for the best chances of survival. Brendan and I discuss competition for food, camouflage, teeth, and modified “feet” to help the sloth be successful at s…
 
The Toronto Zoo Greenhouse is in the middle of showing off its new Amorphophallus bloom that only blooms once every two years. Amber Vitek, who tends to the tropical plants, joins me today to discuss the bloom, its memorable smell, and why it is important to freeze the reproductive parts of the plant. Amber also tells me of the new @zoogreenhouse a…
 
I had the chance to sit down with Mary-Kate Whibbs, The Great Lakes Program Coordinator, who focuses on coordinating outreach programs on local aquatic species. A part of the program is dedicated towards teaching kids about the migratory fishes of the Great Lakes. Mary-Kate tells me about two of her favourite species, American Eel and Atlantic Salm…
 
Imagine if you could watch orangutans all day to observe their behaviours to better understand their ecological dynamics within a troop dynamic and in their environment. It would take an abundance of scientific observation that a field team could not complete due to the number of resources it would require to complete the study properly. However, n…
 
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