The program was syndicated from 1971 to 1988, and was revived in 2002. The
show’s second incarnation currently airs on Animal Planet.
Perkins was host of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom from 1963 to 1985. He
was also director of the New York Zoo in Buffalo, N.Y., the Lincoln Park Zoo
in Chicago and the St. Louis Zoo. He died in 1986 at age 81.