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Longtime naturalist Jim Fowler dies

Jim Fowler (Source: WALB)
Jim Fowler (Source: WALB)(WTVY News 4)
Published: May. 9, 2019 at 4:05 PM CDT
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An Albany native who became nationally renowned on “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom” TV show in the 1960s, has died at 89.

James M. “Jim” Fowler died Wednesday morning at his Connecticut home, according to family members. He was born in Albany.

Fowler was the sidekick for Marlin Perkins, the main figure on Wild Kingdom, seen for years on WALB-TV. But it was Fowler who did the physical work on the show, wrangling large animals on land, and wading in crocodile-infested rivers in Africa.

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