CNN Sprit of Adventure, the First episode, Jim Fouller & Tubby (gorilla)
Henry Doorly Zoo and Omaha Zoo Foundation
Sitting at an anchor's desk, the host of CNN television, Liz Wickersham, introduces the next news segment: Bill Tush interviews renowned naturalist, Jim Fowler, and his 4-year-old gorilla named Tubby. The key topic of interest is Mutual of Omaha's New Spirit of Adventure series with Fowler. After running clips from the upcoming first episode featuring Africa's endangered gorilla, Tush and Fowler have a light-hearted, face-to-face chat at New York's Explorers Club. Initially during the interview, Tubby patiently and quietly sits on Fowler's lap. Eventually spotting a banana in Fowler's chest pocket, Tubby spends the duration enjoying his banana, peel and all, even crunching and munching right into Fowler's microphone. As the interview comes to a close, Jim Fowler shares his pleasure with an upcoming Spirit of Adventure episode on the decimation of black rhinos by poachers in the Zambezi Valley. Fowler passionately concludes, "Next to the gorilla, the black rhino is one of the most spectacular animals on the face of this Earth."
[NOTE: In 1987, the host of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, Jim Fowler, shares his expertise in another Mutual of Omaha series of six television specials examining Africa's rampant poaching issues and the devastating effects of these illegal killings. Each Spirit of Adventure episode featured one endangered animal in Africa, plus an examination of what is being done to protect Africa's wildlife from illegal poaching.]