Do you ever wonder what really goes on behind closed doors at zoos around the world? What is the purpose of zoos and why should we humans care about endangered species conservation? 

Today, we’re getting the answers from a local celebrity here in Miami. Let’s talk about why zoos are crucial for human survival and the work zoos (and our guest) are doing to protect endangered species. In this episode of the Cut to the Chase: Podcast, Gregg Goldfarb interviews Ron Magill of Zoo Miami. Ron is Zoo Miami’s Goodwill Ambassador, as well as a nationally recognized wildlife photographer, conservationist, and TV host. Ron has been working at zoos for 44 years – nearly his whole adult life – giving him a rich understanding of how animals and humans need each other to survive. Listen in to learn the shocking truth behind zoos and the current/future state of endangered species conservation. 

Is there any hope for polar bears as global warming impacts Arctic environments? What can humans do to prevent poaching, support animal conservation efforts, and protect the quality of life of animals and humans alike? Tune in to find out! Plus, Ron shares plenty of positive, hopeful news about wildlife conservation that will get you fired up about protecting our planet.


Join Gregg and Ron on the Cut to the Chase: Podcast as they discuss:

  • Anthropocene: The 6 mass extinctions & when did the sixth mass extinction begin and why is it so concerning to humans?

  • Attraction vs. Conservation: The real purpose of zoos and why zoos are important for wildlife and human life.

  • Captive Breeding Programs: How zoos protect endangered species against mass extinction.

  • Do zoos still release animals into the wild?

  • How to get your kids involved in zoos via internships, volunteering, etc.

  • About the Ron Magill Conservation Endowment & How the money is used.

  • Eliminating Poachers: How AI and technology play a role in animal conservation and poaching prevention.

  • Endangered Species Act: How does it work? Is it working well? How can it be improved?

  • Positive, hopeful news in endangered animal conservation: Pandas, snow leopards, jaguars, and more!

  • The 2 most impactful actions you can take to protect wildlife.


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