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Jeff Corwin
Jeffrey Samuel Corwin (born in Norwell, Massachusettsmarker) is best known as host and executive producer of The Jeff Corwin Experience and Corwin's Quest, two Americanmarker television shows following his adventures discovering and exploring various kinds of animal life and climates (including locales from all over the world), airing on the Animal Planet cable channel.

Education

Jeff Corwin attended Norwell High Schoolmarker. He spent his freshman year of college at the Eastern Nazarene Collegemarker, which is located in Quincy, Massachusettsmarker. Later he attended Bridgewater State Collegemarker in Bridgewater, Massachusettsmarker. Jeff has bachelor of science degrees in biology and anthropology. He conducted his graduate studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, obtaining a master of science in wildlife and fisheries conservation and doing work on bats and snakes. In 1999, Bridgewater awarded Corwin an honorary doctorate in public education.

Corwin first experienced the tropical rain forests in 1984 in Belizemarker. As an undergraduate, he became active in conservation of rain forests in Central and South America. He also participated in the youth action committee for the United Nations Environmental Program.

Television

Corwin's big break into television came about thanks to famed oceanographer Bob Ballard, the man who discovered the wreck of the Titanicmarker, in the 1994 JASON Project, led by Ballard and sponsored in part by National Geographicmarker. Then, after several lean years, Corwin migrated over to the Disney Channel with Going Wild with Jeff Corwin. Eventually, he caught the eye of producers at Animal Planet, and since 2000 he's gone on to explore six of the seven continents—all except Antarcticamarker, so far. Corwin also made a cameo appearance on the crime drama CSI: Miami to lend support on Florida wildlife in an episode, and was also portrayed as a former classmate of Eric Delko, played by Adam Rodriguez.

Corwin was also certified as an Advanced Field Medical Specialist by the U.S. Army Academy of Health Sciences, Fort Sam Houstonmarker, Texasmarker.

In the spring of 2007 Corwin began a new TV show on the Travel Channel titled Into Alaska with Jeff Corwin. The show highlights wildlife in Alaska while also having a travel perspective.

Close encounters

In filming a segment of CNN's Planet in Peril with Anderson Cooper near Phnom Penhmarker, Cambodiamarker on March 22 of 2007, Corwin was the victim of a playful elephant. This rough-play consisted of the elephant putting Corwin's elbow in its mouth and wrapping its trunk around his arm, swinging him around. He yelled as the elephant shook its head, releasing and throwing Corwin into the shallow water in which they were standing. Corwin noted that the pain was so overwhelming that he nearly blacked out, and that his arm still does not work correctly. Corwin later posted the following summary of injuries that resulted:

His life today

Jeff Corwin now lives in Marshfield, Massachusettsmarker, with his wife Natasha and their daughters, Maya Rose (b. 6 July 2003) and Marina (b. 11 September 2008). He still actively works on his show The Jeff Corwin Experience which airs on Animal Planet. He lectures on wildlife, ecology and conservation to audiences throughout the United States. In 1993, Jeff addressed the General Assembly of the United Nations regarding the need to conserve neotropical rain forests.

Filmography

Going Wild With Jeff Corwin

A television series which Corwin formerly hosted, Going Wild With Jeff Corwin, was an educational program on the Disney Channel from 1997-1999.

The Jeff Corwin Experience

The Jeff Corwin Experience is Corwin's longest-running show, currently airing on Animal Planet since 2001. The show features an array of animals, educational information and tours through locales, villages, and events across the world.

Jeff Corwin Unleashed

Aired on the Discovery Kids channel in 2003, this series was one of Jeff's earliest projects, featuring fun trivia, information and animal discoveries for children. The show earned him high acclaim, including a Daytime Emmy in 2004.

King of the Jungle

Airing from 2003-2004, King of the Jungle was a series in which twelve individuals competed in rigorous challenges to win a chance to host a television program for Animal Planet. Corwin served as their guide throughout the tasks.

Corwin's Quest

Corwin's Quest was a series hosted and produced by Jeff Corwin, that premiered on Animal Planet in 2005. The show's premise was based on giving Jeff a special mission to accomplish per episode, which often resulted in exploring challenging environments and seeking out rare creatures.

Into America's West

In April 2008, Jeff Corwin debuted a documentary series for the Travel Channel, Into America's West. In the program, Jeff journeys across the landscape of Western America, searching for and discovering many forms of unique desert wildlife.

Into Alaska

Also created for the Travel Channel, Into Alaska is a documentary series exploring the vast landscapes and array of wildlife in Alaska.

Feeling the Heat

In 2009, Corwin partnered up with Defenders of Wildlife to launch a documentary series Feeling the Heat, focusing on how climate change, including warming temperatures, are harming some of the Earth's coolest critters and what can be done to save them before it's too late.

100 Heartbeats

On November 22, 2009, Jeff Corwin will host a two-hour MSNBC special entitled Future Earth: 100 Heartbeats. The film, based on Corwin's book of the same title, takes viewers along an educational journey to witness the growing menace of species extinction, with an intimate look at the innovative solutions being developed to stop it. Earth's animals are facing what scientists are calling, The Sixth Extinction. For more on the film: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29840099/

Others

Giant Monsters was a two-hour television documentary special on Animal Planet hosted by Corwin. It dealt with the world's largest creatures of all time, including Tyrannosaurus rex, the saber-toothed cat Smilodon, the gigantic ground sloth Megatherium, the 40-foot crocodile Sarcosuchus, the Komodo dragon-like Megalania, the giant pterosaur Quetzalcoatlus, the eurypterid Megarachne (then thought to be a huge spider), to the giant squid Architeuthis dux.

In 2003, Corwin appeared as himself in the second-season episode of CSI: Miami, "Death Grip", helping the detectives retrieve a human foot from inside a live crocodile.

In 2007, he was sponsored by CNN to be an environment correspondent for an Anderson Cooper 360 special called "Planet in Peril," along with co-host Sanjay Gupta.

In a one-hour special for Food Network, Extreme Cuisine with Jeff Corwin, Corwin explores the exotic food and culture of Thailand. Food Network turned Extreme Cuisine into a series, debuting on September 17, 2009.

Awards

  • In 2002, Corwin was named one of People Magazine´s 50 Most Beautiful People.
  • In 2004, Corwin won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series for Jeff Corwin Unleashed.
  • In 2005, Corwin was nominated for the same award as in the previous year.


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