Zoo’s animal expert goes international in ‘Wild Kingdom with Ron Magill’

Congrats to Zoo Miami’s Ron Magill​ for his new Spanish series, “Mundo Salvaje con Ron Magill” on Spanish-language network HITN. The show will highlight exotic animals.  — Pete E Cento, Wild Cats Enterprises



South Florida Sun Sentinel

Zoo Miami’s Ron Magill is getting his own wildlife show on Spanish-language television.

The longtime spokesman for the Miami-Dade zoological park will be the host of a new Spanish series, “Mundo Salvaje con Ron Magill’’ which translates into “Wild Kingdom with Ron Magill.”

The 10-episode series debuts 9 p.m. Oct. 1 on Spanish-language network HITN (Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network.)

Magill said that the show will highlight exotic animals while raising awareness among Hispanic families about the importance of species conservation and respect for wildlife.

“Mundo Salvaje provides a fascinating opportunity for families to watch and enjoy together the wonders of wildlife, while also learning about the amazing natural world in which we live in,” said Magill, the communications director at the Zoo Miami which has more than 3,000 animals.

Magill, who grew up in Miami-Dade, remembers watching the weekly TV nature show “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom” — hosted for more than 20 years by the late Marlin Perkins — which he said “taught you about wildlife in a wonderful way that inspired you to want to go out and learn more about it as opposed to scaring you and making you never wanting to leave your house. ‘Mundo Salvaje’ goes back to those roots of inspiring people to be fascinated by nature – not afraid of it.”

Magill said the show will feature a “melting pot of wildlife” ranging from Komodo dragons and crocodiles to proboscis monkeys and giraffes. Episodes will be called “Animal Attraction,” “Venomous Animals ,” “Hunt or Die” and “Animal Geniuses.”

The New York-based HITN is available on DirecTV, DISH, AT&T U-verse, Comcast, Verizon FiOS and other carriers.

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