James Mark Fowler
April 9, 1930
|Died||May 8, 2019 (aged 89)|
Norwalk, Connecticut, U.S.
Born in Albany, Georgia, Fowler spent his youth in the town of Falls Church, Virginia exploring all things in nature in the stream valley of Four Mile Run near his family home. He graduated from Westtown School in 1947, a Quaker college preparatory school in Chester County, Pennsylvania, and Earlham College in 1952.
Fowler first served as co-host of Wild Kingdom with Marlin Perkins, and became the main host in 1986 following Perkins' death. During this time he received four Emmy awards and an endorsement by the National PTA for family viewing.
Fowler was the official wildlife correspondent for NBC's The Today Show starting in 1988 and made forty appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, bringing various wild animals on the show.
"The continued existence of wildlife and wilderness is important to the quality of life of humans. Our challenge for the future is that we realize we are very much a part of the Earth's ecosystem, and we must learn to respect and live according to the basic biological laws of nature." -- Jim Fowler
"Almost all of the social tragedies occurring around the world today are caused by ignoring the basic biological laws of nature ... The quicker we humans learn that saving open space and wildlife is critical to our welfare and quality of life, maybe we'll start thinking of doing something about it." -- Jim Fowler