DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) - A famous zoologist from Albany is partnering with the University of Georgia to teach students about wildlife and old growth forests. Jim Fowler's amazing animal footage shot around the world will be preserved and cataloged by the University.Students will also get hands-on lessons at his amazing property here in South Georgia.
Ostriches, Emus, Zebras and Antelope are just some of the wildlife animals that reside on Jim Fowler's 600 acre Dougherty County plantation that will soon be viewed by more people thanks to the University of Georgia.
"I got a call from the University of Georgia Library and they said that they would like to archive my footage, my film footage shot all over the world," said Jim Fowler.
Fowler's nationally televised show, Wild Kingdom, was in the living rooms of families for 33 years. He produced more than 15 shows a year. The university has also asked the 85-year-old to write a book.
"They said if I write a book on Wild Kingdom they'll pay me for it and publish it," said Fowler.
Several school representatives visited the plantation and were amazed by what they saw.
"So I got to know them and they came down here the head of the Forestry department he loved what he saw and also the head of the Veterinary Department," said Fowler.
The university also wants to conduct tours on Fowler's plantation.
"By the way these forests are some of the only forests in Georgia that have never been burned for the last 80 years," said Fowler. "So we can show students what it's really like to see a mature forest."
Fowler believes this partnership with UGA will greatly benefit students.
"They saw the advantage of me archiving my film footage," said Fowler. "I still own it but they can use it and I can go back if I want too and use portions of it for myself so it's a great deal."
Fowler says this partnership with UGA is still in the beginning stages.
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