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Chehaw Contributes to Nationwide Zoo & Aquarium Video Project

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Special to the Journal

Albany, Ga – The Chehaw Park Authority is pleased to announce its participation in an important video archive project. The Zoo & Aquarium Video Archive Project, a program of the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, is interviewing and videotaping individuals who have played a key role in the evolution of zoos and aquariums for the past forty years.

When Chehaw Park Zoo Director, Kevin Hils learned of the project he immediately thought of Albany’s own Jim Fowler as an important source of historical information. “His stories are legendary,” Hils noted, “and we need the story of the creation of Chehaw preserved. It’s important to me as a zoo person, but it’s also important to the Albany community as to why Chehaw exists. It’s all inside that mind of the Wild Kingdom guy and we need that to be archived and not lost for all time!”

Hils applied for and received a grant from the John W. Carson Foundation to cover expenses for the interview. Our contacts in Chicago report that: Wild Kingdom’s television and cultural icon Jim Fowler came to Chicago Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8 and 9 to be interviewed for the international Zoo & Aquarium Video Archive Project. His interview will join currently ten others to be a part of the project that recognizes individuals who have spent their careers bringing animals to the world’s attention and have played a key role in the evolution of zoos and aquariums.

“Jim Fowler is an important addition to the archives for all his work on behalf of animals around the world,” said Loretta Caravette, one of the founders of the archive. “The archives will be a resource for the next generation. We are recording those who have made it their life’s work to assist animals and help zoos evolve into the positive and nurturing facilities they are today.”

The Archive is supported by the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, where it will be housed under the direction of Dr. Barbara Baker. The interviews will be available on DVD as well as accessible on the archive’s own website. Each interview will be accompanied by a complete transcription and index.

The Zoo & Aquarium Video Archive is the brainchild of Mark Rosenthal, Curator Emeritus of Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo, and Caravette, an Emmy-Award winning producer and owner of Caravette Productions LLC.

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