connecting to nature

Jarod Miller

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  • Series Host: Greatest American Dog (CBS, 2008 – )
  • Series Host/Producer: Animal Exploration with Jarod Miller (Syndication, 2007 – )
  • Series Co-Host: PetFinder (Animal Planet, 2008 – )
  • Cast Member/Guest: The Rachael Ray Show (Syndication, 2007 – )
  • Contributor/Segment Host: Forecast Earth (Weather Channel, 2008 – )
  • Celebrity Commentator: 10 Great Reasons (Fuse, 2008)

Jarod Miller is a young naturalist, zoologist, television host and producer, with 20 years of experience working with animals, and 15 years of experience in television. He is also regular guest lecturer for wildlife parks, universities, and promotional events, having lectured on captive management and wildlife conservation at venues including the White House. Jarod is also the former executive director of the Binghamton Zoo, and was the youngest accredited zoo director in the United States at age 25.

Since he was 10, Jarod has both propagated and worked to conserve endangered animal species. He has raised, studied and handled a tremendous variety of wildlife including large cats, bears, prosimians (such as lemurs and bush babies), large and small primates, birds of prey, crocodiles and their related species, venomous snakes and reptiles, and large hoofed animals, among many others. Jarod is also experienced in the research and data collection of captive and wild specimens. As a teenager he also trained champion dogs for obedience competitions and national showmanship.

Jarod grew up in suburban western New York where, as a child, he spent most of his time outdoors, always wanting to be closer to nature. Zoos were always his favorite destination, and he could identify every animal that lived at the zoo. In fact, when asked to write down his favorite animal for a second grade assignment, he came up with a three-page list of nearly 200 species.

Jarod earned a degree in Zoology from Oswego State University in New York, and has published and presented research on primate behavior and ecology within the scientific community. Jarod is a professional fellow of the American Zoo Association, an associate member of Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, and a member of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

In 1996, Jarod started his own wildlife production and education company, Wild Encounters, and has since traveled to over 13 countries, focusing on areas in South America, Central America and Equatorial Africa. Wild Encounters is still in operation today, and provides students across the country with an opportunity to learn about the world’s animal habitats without leaving the classroom.