Marlin Perkins Organization founder

Marlin perkins

Richard Marlin Perkins (March 28, 1905 – June 14, 1986) was a zoologist best known as a host of the television program Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom from 1963 to 1985. Marlin Perkins was born on March 28, 1905 in Carthage, Missouri, the youngest of three sons of Joseph Dudley Perkins and Mynta Mae (née Miller) Perkins. He attended public school there through eighth grade. In the fall of 1919, he entered Wentworth Military Academy. There Perkins demonstrated his fascination with snakes by keeping blue racer snakes in his room. One afternoon, while exercising them on a lawn back of the barracks, he was spotted by a faculty officer and got in trouble for handling them. Perkins briefly attended the University of Missouri, but quit school to become a laborer at the Saint Louis Zoological Park. It was the start of a brilliant zoological career. He rose through the ranks, becoming the reptile curator in 1928. After being hired as a curator of the Buffalo Zoological Park in Buffalo, New York, Perkins was eventually promoted to director in 1938. He then served as director at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, Illinois, from 1944 until 1962, when he returned to the St.

Personal details

Date of birth
March 28th, 1905
United States of America
Date of death
June 14th, 1986 at age of 81
Place of death
St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America
Cause of death
Places lived
St. Louis , Missouri
pop. 318,416 (2013)
Joplin , Missouri
pop. 50,789 (2013)
Buffalo , New York
pop. 258,959 (2013)


1. Wentworth Military Academy and College High school

Wentworth Military Academy and College is a private four-year college preparatory high school and military junior college. It is located in Lexington, Missouri, part of the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area. Wentworth is the oldest military academy west of the Mississippi River, and the campus is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is one of five military junior colleges in the United States. Among the programs that Wentworth offers is the Army's two-year Early Commissioning Program, an Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program through which qualified students can earn a commission as a Second Lieutenant after two years of college. Wentworth also has had 100% acceptance into the Air Force Academy over the past 20 years through its Falcon Foundation Scholarship program. Because the high school shares the campus with the junior college, many high school students accelerate their education and gain college credit during their junior and senior years.

Type High school
1880 Washington Avenue, 64067 - Lexington, Missouri
2010. 939
Official web page
Wikipedia article

People attended Wentworth Military Academy and College connected by profession and/or age

b. 1931., U.S. Congressperson
b. 1925., Film Director
b. 1934., Military Person
b. 1890., Military Person
b. 1887., Military Person
b. 1931., Organization leader
b. 1939., Military Person
b. 1921., Military Person

Organizations founded

1. Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary


Official web page


378 Candy Kitchen Road, New Mexico

Wikiedia article

Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary is an animal sanctuary in Candy Kitchen, New Mexico, USA dedicated to rescuing and providing sanctuary for captive-bred wolves and wolfdogs. It is a 501 non-profit organization. Across the road from the sanctuary is a campground also run by the WSWS. Visitors who stay at the campground on the weekend can help feed the animals, joining volunteers as they give the wolves breakfast.

2. Endangered Wolf Center

Non-profit organization


PO Box 760, Missouri

Wikiedia article

The Endangered Wolf Center is a non-profit facility in Eureka, Missouri, United States, near St. Louis that is dedicated to preserving and reintroducing to the wild critically endangered species of wolves. It is certified by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The Center was founded in 1971 by renowned naturalist Marlin Perkins and his wife Carol, who saw that wolves around the world were in danger of becoming extinct. Its mission is to preserve and protect Mexican gray wolves, red wolves, and other wild canid species, with purpose and passion, through carefully managed breeding, reintroduction and inspiring education programs. Animals born at the facility have been reintroduced to North Carolina and Arizona and New Mexico The Center’s research focuses on reproductive, behavioral and nutritional needs for the species housed there. The Endangered Wolf Center is a founding member of the AZA’s Mexican Wolf and Red Wolf Species Survival Plans. As of August 2013, the Center had five species of endangered canids: Mexican gray wolves, red wolves, maned wolves, African painted dogs, and swift foxes. It had more than 20 Mexican gray wolves, more than any other managed breeding facility.

Regular TV appearances

1. Wild Kingdom

Performance type Networks Seasons From To Created by First epizode air date Last epizode air date Num. of seassons Languages Regular cast
Animal Planet
Don Meier
January 6th, 1963 1988 13 English


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