Famous Wildlife Expert Who Appeared on 'The Tonight Show' 100+ Times Dies at 89

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May 09, 2019May 09, 2019

Fans around the world are mourning a loss that was just confirmed on Thursday. Jim Fowler, a famous zoologist and longtime co-host of “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom,” has passed away.

Fowler, whose stardom skyrocketed after he made several appearances on the “Tonight Show” alongside Johnny Carson, passed away at 89. According to TMZ, he died on Wednesday at his home.

Overall, Fowler reportedly appeared in over 100 episodes on the “Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson. In  1963, he landed his own show, “Wild Kingdom.” At the time, he co-hosted with zoologist Marlin Perkins. Between 1985-1988 and again from 2002-2011, he went solo on the show.

Fowler was known as being “the first man to successfully trap a happy eagle and bring it back alive in the U.S.” However, before he became a zoologist, he was better known as a standout athlete.

Several people have taken to social media to talk about Fowler and their earliest memories of him. Below are some of the posts:

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