Going Wild with Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant

Air date: 09/28/2021

Going Wild with Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant

Not Your Average Field Trip 

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If you’ve tuned into PBS’s Nature series over its 40 years on air, you know that it tells incredible stories of the natural world’s diversity and quirks. From bees to bears, the show has explored every corner of the amazing lives of animals. Nature’s new podcast, Going Wild with Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant, continues Nature’s long history of exploring the natural world, and examining its sometimes painful interactions with humanity, through eight episodes.

Journey deep into the heart of the world’s most remote jungles, savannas, tundras, mountains and deserts with wildlife biologist Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant as she studies wild animals in their natural habitats. Dr. Wynn-Grant and her teams spend years studying these animals in order to protect their futures. Going Wild with Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant takes you inside their hidden worlds and the action-packed adventures of the wildlife conservationists who track them.

Dr. Wynn-Grant brings you with her on immersive, sound-rich journeys to conduct fieldwork – critical scientific research – that always includes surprises and suspense. Hear what it takes to find and save some of the world’s most intriguing and endangered creatures. From saving lemurs in Madagascar to solving the mystery of a bear’s death in the woods to an unlikely tale of giraffes and poachers in Africa, you never know where the stories will go.

The first of Going Wild with Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant’s eight weekly episodes launches on September 28th. It’s available free on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.


Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant is a wildlife ecologist with an expertise in uncovering how human activity influences carnivore behavior and ecology. In particular, she focuses on the ecological and social drivers of human-carnivore conflict. Her current field system encompasses the central coast of California where she is studying the unique ecology of carnivores in coastal zones, as well as the role of protected areas in connectivity of high quality habitat for large carnivores. Her previous research questions surrounded the ecological drivers of human-carnivore conflict with grizzly bears in the Northern Great Plains, black bears in the Western Great Basin, African lions in rural Kenya and Tanzania, as well as grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

A native Californian, Dr. Wynn-Grant attributes her interest in wildlife and conservation from the television shows she watched as a child. She was introduced to the field of conservation biology as an undergraduate and is unapologetic about her passion for studying charismatic megafauna. Dr. Wynn-Grant serves on the Board of Directors for NatureBridge, where she largely aids the organizations in their equity, inclusion, and diversity strategies.

Dr. Wynn-Grant received her B.S. in Environmental Studies from Emory University, her M.S. in Environmental Studies from Yale University, and her Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution from Columbia University. She completed a Conservation Science Research and Teaching Postdoctoral fellowship with the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History. She is currently a Research Faculty member at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management leading carnivore research on the Jack and Laura Dangermond Preserve. She maintains a Research Fellow position with National Geographic Society focusing on carnivore conservation in partnership with the American Prairie Reserve and a Visiting Scientist position at the American Museum of Natural History.

For Nature, Dr. Wynn-Grant has appeared on American Spring LIVE (2019) and Crash Course: Zoology, a digital series in partnership with PBS Digital Studios and Complexly.

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Going Wild with Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant