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Just the Zoo of Us

85 EpisodesProduced by Ellen & Christian WeatherfordWebsite

Join us, Ellen and Christian Weatherford, while we review your favorite species of animals and rate them out of ten in the categories of effectiveness, ingenuity and aesthetics.More information can be found at justthezooofus.com 😊Got a species you want us to review? Submit your animal friend to us … read more

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86: Copepods w/ Jimmy Bernot!

February 24th, 2021

54:07

Join Ellen & special guest Jimmy Bernot for a review of the microscopic crustaceans truly running the world, copepods! In this episode, we …

85: Opossum & Burrowing Owl

February 18th, 2021

49:24

Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Ellen's heart is stolen by the trash bandit opossum & Christian digs up …

84: Cheetahs w/ Gabi Fleury!

February 10th, 2021

43:48

Join Ellen and special guest Gabi Fleury for a review of the punk nerds of the big cat family, cheetahs! In this episode we discuss how cheetahs go so fast, what sets them apart from the rest of the cats, and conflict …

83: Tarantulas w/ Tea Francis!

January 27th, 2021

55:17

Join Ellen & special guest Tea Francis for a review of our fuzzy, chunky, leggy friends: tarantulas! In this episode we discuss why tarantulas …

82: Olm & Maned Wolf

January 21st, 2021

32:59

Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! Christian returns with the secretive underground cave puppy, the olm, and Ellen reviews the …

81: Barnacles w/ Elizabeth Mills!

January 15th, 2021

46:31

Join Ellen and special guest Elizabeth Mills for a review of the often-overlooked ride-or-die friends of the sea, barnacles! Topics include (but are not limited to): barnacle reproductive anatomy, whale armor, zombie …

80: Sea Stars w/ Dr. Christopher Mah!

January 6th, 2021

1:07:32

Join Ellen and Dr. Christopher Mah for a review of the mysterious, complicated, many-armed predators of the deep, sea stars! In this episode, we discuss why sea stars are so important to marine ecosystems, their secret …

79: Reindeer (aka Caribou) w/ Olivia deBourcier!

December 25th, 2020

45:13

Join Ellen and special guest Olivia deBourcier for a review of a festive icon, the reindeer (also known as caribou)! In this episode, we talk about what makes reindeer so lovable (spoiler alert: so many things), what …

78: Ants w/ Aaron Fairweather!

December 21st, 2020

51:09

Join Ellen and special guest Aaron Fairweather for a review of the industrious, conniving, world-conquering ants! In this episode, we discuss what …

77: Orb Weavers & Wolf Spiders w/ Madison Bush!

December 9th, 2020

52:51

Join Ellen & special guest Madison Bush for a review of a couple of very leggy friends, orb weavers & wolf spiders! In this episode we …

76: Olympic Torrent Salamander w/ Travis Kurtz!

November 20th, 2020

47:26

Join Ellen and special guest Travis Kurtz for a review of Washington's very own Olympic torrent salamander! In this episode, we go over what makes salamanders so charming, the mysteries that make this little one so …

75: Coquerel's Sifaka w/ Keriann McGoogan!

October 28th, 2020

38:30

Join Ellen and special guest Keriann McGoogan for a review of Coquerel's sifaka! In this episode, we chat about what makes sifakas so special as well as what it's like to work with and study them in the wild in …

74: Scalloped Hammerhead w/ Ryan Hegseth!

October 22nd, 2020

58:26

Join Ellen and special guest Ryan Hegseth for a review of the scalloped hammerhead! In this episode, we review what makes this hammerhead shark so …

73: Hagfish & Secretary Bird

October 14th, 2020

47:11

Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode Ellen untangles the slimebeast of the ocean floor, the hagfish, and Christian kicks it up a notch with the relentlessly stylish secretary bird.

72: Coyotes w/ Jazmin Murphy!

October 8th, 2020

52:22

Join Ellen & special guest Jazmin Murphy (AKA Sunny) for a review of the iconic coyote! In this episode, we discuss how coyotes have adapted to thrive in a wide variety of environments and what makes them so …

71: Dominican Anole w/ Chelsea Connor!

September 30th, 2020

42:10

Join Ellen and special guest Chelsea Connor for a review of the Dominican anole! In this episode we talk dewlaps, eyespots, and what it's like to …

70: American Bison & Giraffe-Necked Weevil

September 23rd, 2020

47:45

Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Christian charges in with the American bison and Ellen explains the quirky appearance and lifestyle of the giraffe-necked weevil.

69: Gopher Tortoise w/ Tori Wingerter!

September 16th, 2020

49:00

Join Ellen and special guest Tori Wingerter for a review of Florida's very own dinosaur burger, the gopher tortoise! We dig in to what makes these …

68: Pigeon & Banded Sea Krait

September 9th, 2020

55:46

Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Ellen brings it home with the common pigeon & Christian explains what makes the sea krait a real spicy noodle.

67: Sawfish w/ Jasmin Graham!

September 2nd, 2020

47:06

Join Ellen and special guest Jasmin Graham for a review of the most dangerous snoot in the water, the sawfish! In this episode we discuss what's up with that wild saw on their face, what makes them such impressive …

66: Pika & North American Giant Millipede

August 26th, 2020

49:41

Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Christian takes us on a tour of the pika's digestive system & Ellen …

64: Emu & Whale Shark

August 12th, 2020

54:56

Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Ellen explains why emus don't bother flying and Christian dives into the mysterious world of the cryptic whale shark.

63: Waterfall Climbing Gobies w/ Kelly Diamond!

August 5th, 2020

54:14

Join Ellen and special guest Kelly Diamond for a review of Hawaii's peculiar and charming waterfall climbing gobies, o'opu nopili! In this episode we …

62: Golden Mole & Red-Bellied Piranha

July 29th, 2020

57:18

Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Christian gives us the lowdown on a shimmering jelly bean, the golden mole, …

61: Geladas w/ Patsy DeLacey!

July 22nd, 2020

40:56

Join Ellen and special guest Patsy DeLacey for a review of the "bleeding heart" monkey, the gelada! In this episode we talk about what makes this …

60: Wolverine & Suriname Toad

July 15th, 2020

48:15

Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Ellen squares up with the wolverine & Christian takes us on a leisurely …

59: Planarians w/ Prof. Oné R. Pagán!

July 8th, 2020

1:00:18

Join Ellen and special guest, the bookworm with a worm book,  Prof. Oné R. Pagán for a review of the mysterious squiggles straight out of science fiction, planarians! In this episode we learn about what makes these …

58: Bold Jumping Spider & North American Porcupine

July 1st, 2020

45:51

Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Christian leaps to new heights with the bold jumping spider & Ellen …

57: Snow Leopard w/ Charlotte Hacker!

June 24th, 2020

46:00

Join Ellen and special guest Charlotte Hacker for a review of the elusive fluffball of the mountains, the snow leopard! In this week's episode we …

56: Vampire Finch & Eastern Indigo Snake

June 17th, 2020

50:30

Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Ellen takes us to the Galápagos Islands to learn about the vampire finch & Christian tells us what makes the Eastern indigo snake really …

55: Naked Mole Rat w/ Benjamin Lancer!

June 10th, 2020

52:42

Join Ellen & special guest Benjamin Lancer for a review of the sand puppy, AKA the naked mole rat! In this week's episode, we dig in to what …

54: Texas Horned Lizard & Sperm Whale

May 27th, 2020

39:51

Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode Ellen reviews the spiciest pancake in the desert, the Texas horned lizard, and Christian dives deep into the world of the sperm whale.

53: Sharks w/ Dr. Catherine Macdonald!

May 20th, 2020

1:04:45

Join Ellen and special guest Dr. Catherine Macdonald for a review of... sharks! In this episode, we tour the diversity of sharks, learn about some of the incredible ways they have adapted to excel, and examine the …

52: Our First Anniversary Q&A!

May 13th, 2020

51:19

As of the day this episode airs, Just the Zoo of Us will have been broadcasting for one full calendar year! In this episode, we celebrate by …

51: Wrasses w/ Yi-Kai Tea!

May 6th, 2020

39:59

Join Ellen and special guest Yi-Kai Tea for a review of the mind-blowingly diverse and impressive wrasse family! In this episode we go over the …

50: Moose & Desert Rain Frog

April 29th, 2020

43:33

Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Christian reviews the towering moose & Ellen squeals over the desert rain frog.

49: Bobtail Squid w/ Dr. Sarah McAnulty!

April 22nd, 2020

52:16

Join Ellen and special guest Dr. Sarah McAnulty for a review of the sparkly dumpling of the sea, the Hawaiian bobtail squid! In this episode we talk …

48: Southern Flannel Moth & Chambered Nautilus

April 15th, 2020

39:56

Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Ellen warns you not to touch the deceptively fuzzy caterpillar of the southern flannel moth & Christian waxes poetic about the chambered …

47: Tiger w/ Tyus Williams!

April 8th, 2020

53:52

Join Ellen and special guest Tyus Williams for a review of the strikingly striped tiger! In this episode, we basically just gush about how amazing …

46: The Doomerang w/ Isaac!

April 1st, 2020

24:23

Join Ellen and a special guest for a very serious and definitely completely true review of an incredible animal so rare that only one person on Earth …

45: Hippopotamus & Northern Mockingbird

March 25th, 2020

51:21

Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Christian treats us to some delightfully absurd hippo facts and stories …

44: Green Anole w/ Emily Bell!

March 18th, 2020

1:13:42

Join Ellen and special guest Emily Bell for a Florida native wildlife review! In this week's episode, Emily deepens our appreciation for a Florida …

43: Roseate Spoonbill & Tree Kangaroo

March 11th, 2020

41:03

Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Ellen clacks her beak over roseate spoonbills & Christian climbs to new heights with Matschie's tree kangaroo.

42: Tuatara w/ Thomas Rillstone!

March 4th, 2020

1:02:07

Join the Weatherfords and special guest Thomas Rillstone from the History of Aotearoa New Zealand podcast for a review of the tuatara! In this episode we get educated on what makes this ancient reptile and other New …

41: Red Velvet "Ant" & Solomon Islands Skink

February 26th, 2020

35:31

Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Christian hypes up the showstopping fashion sense of the red velvet ant and …

40: Harris's Hawk w/ Corina Newsome!

February 19th, 2020

34:28

Join Ellen and special guest Corina Newsome for an animal review! In this week's episode, Corina shares her insight on Harris's hawk, with sharp talons and even sharper minds, as well as birding, wildlife education and …

39: Fennec Fox & Horseshoe Crab

February 12th, 2020

1:04:03

Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Ellen explains the special ears of the fennec fox & Christian gives us the story about the Atlantic horseshoe crab's blue blood.

38: Rothschild's Giraffe w/ Kattie Stoneman!

February 5th, 2020

58:08

Join the Weatherfords and special guest Kattie Stoneman for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Kattie shares insight into the giraffe world from her experience working with these very tall friends.

37: Common Cuttlefish & Giant African Land Snail

January 29th, 2020

59:29

Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's mollusc mania, Christian hypnotizes us with cuttlefish wisdom and Ellen confronts …

36: Burmese Python w/ Corbin Maxey!

January 22nd, 2020

57:58

Join the Weatherfords and special guest Corbin Maxey from Animals to the Max for an animal review! In this week's episode, we get to know our wildlife expert friend and Corbin takes the reigns to rate and review the …

35: Dik Dik & Bobbit Worm

January 15th, 2020

44:15

Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Ellen whistles a tune about the antelope fairy, Kirk's dik dik, and Christian brings us back to the abyss of horrors with the Bobbitt worm!

34: Anglerfish & Desert Kangaroo Rat

January 8th, 2020

38:47

Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Christian lights the way with the humpback anglerfish & Ellen kicks back with the desert kangaroo rat.

33: Luna Moth & Koala

January 1st, 2020

58:22

Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Ellen reviews the spectacular real-life fairy, the luna moth, and Christian …

32: Inca Tern & European Eel

December 11th, 2019

38:40

Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Christian gives us a lesson on the role of the Inca tern's droppings in …

31: Sudan Plated Lizard & Orca (LIVE)

December 4th, 2019

40:12

Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's special live episode at Cultivate in Jacksonville Florida, Ellen meets a Sudan …

30: Blue Footed Booby & Dingo

November 27th, 2019

36:17

Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Christian explains where the supremely elegant blue-footed booby gets its very serious and dignified name and Ellen howls about the controversial …

29: Delacour's Langur & Komodo Dragon

November 20th, 2019

44:34

Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Ellen reviews Vietnam's best-dressed citizens, Delacour's langur, and Christian backs up the Komodo dragon's swagger.

28: Great Potoo & African Giant Pouched Rat

November 13th, 2019

40:46

Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Christian does a spot-on impression of a potoo & Ellen drops some knowledge bombs about the African giant pouched rat.

27: Sentry Dragonfly & Leafy Sea Dragon

November 6th, 2019

51:27

Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's dragon-themed episode, Ellen focuses her complete attention on the sentry dragonfly and Christian spotlights the decorated diva of the sea, the leafy.

26: Black Widow & Vampire Squid

October 30th, 2019

45:42

Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's very special very spooky episode, Christian debunks some myths about the black widow spider & Ellen illuminates the mysterious vampire squid.

25: Capybara & Gaboon Viper

October 23rd, 2019

48:48

Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Ellen chills out in the capybara language & Christian begs you not to touch the Gaboon viper.

24: Tardigrade & Platypus

October 16th, 2019

54:58

Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Christian zooms in on the tardigrades & Ellen demystifies the unique platypus.

23: Roly Poly & Keel-billed Toucan

October 9th, 2019

50:50

Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this episode, Ellen conglobates with the roly poly and Christian revels in the fabulous …

22: Mata Mata & Emperor Penguin

October 2nd, 2019

44:47

Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Christian educates us on the mata mata turtle and Ellen praises the world's most dedicated dad bod, the emperor penguin.

21: Coquí & Bombardier Beetle

September 25th, 2019

42:24

Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Ellen sings the song of the coquí and Christian blasts us with some hot & spicy knowledge on the bombardier beetle.

20: Jaguar & Bearded Vulture

September 18th, 2019

51:06

Join the Weatherfords for an animal review! In this week's episode, Christian spots South America's greatest overachiever, the jaguar, and Ellen …

19: Quokka & Peacock Mantis Shrimp

September 11th, 2019

47:53

Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Ellen poses for a selfie with the world's worst mom, the quokka, and …

18: Giant Manta Ray & Red Panda

September 4th, 2019

47:14

Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode inspired by the Georgia Aquarium and Zoo Atlanta, Christian reviews the alien spaceship of the sea, the giant manta ray, and Ellen gushes over the …

17: Veiled Chameleon & Kea

August 28th, 2019

1:00:57

Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Ellen explains how and why the chameleon changes its colors and Christian …

16: Blobfish & Three-Toed Sloth

August 21st, 2019

52:08

Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode all about dismantling unfair animal prejudices, Christian caves to peer pressure and sets the record straight on the blobfish, and Ellen shifts …

15: Flying Fox & Honey Bee

August 14th, 2019

55:48

Join the Weatherfords for an animal review! In this episode, Ellen cuddles up to the fluffy Malayan sky puppies and Christian gives us the buzz about western honey bees.

14: Botfly & Cownose Ray

August 7th, 2019

45:10

Join the Weatherfords for an animal review! In this week's episode, Christian profoundly disturbs literally everyone by talking about the human botfly, and Ellen lightens the mood with some adorable sea puppies, the …

13: Aye-aye & Raven

July 31st, 2019

38:41

Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's very superstitious 13th episode, Ellen demystifies Madagascar's tree goblin the aye-aye, submitted by Dustin Barnett, and Christian sings some praises for …

12: Golden Poison Frog & Tamandua

July 24th, 2019

44:34

 Join the Weatherfords for an animal review! In this week's episode, Christian gives us a cellular biology lesson about the golden poison frog & …

11: Meerkat & Warthog

July 17th, 2019

46:18

 Join the Weatherfords for an animal review! In this week's episode, Ellen & Christian review the problem-free philosophies of the famous meerkat and warthog.

10: Atlantic Puffin & Aardwolf

July 10th, 2019

46:06

Join the Weatherfords for an animal review! In this week's episode, Christian gushes over the Atlantic puffin & Ellen sheds a little light on the …

9: Axolotl & Goblin Shark

June 26th, 2019

42:00

 Join the Weatherfords for an animal review! In this week's episode, Ellen illuminates the axolotl's superpowers and Christian trashes the …

8: Florida Panther & Red Lionfish

June 19th, 2019

40:39

Join the Weatherfords for an animal review! In this week's episode, Christian teaches us about the Florida panther and Ellen publicly calls out the lionfish for its egregious crimes. 

7: Asian Elephant & Immortal Jellyfish

June 11th, 2019

54:06

Join the Weatherfords for an animal review! In this episode, Ellen fawns over the Asian elephant and Christian introduces us to a true hero, Mr. Immortal Jellyfish Man.

6: Canada Lynx & Shoebill

May 31st, 2019

50:59

 Join the Weatherfords for an animal review! In this episode,  Christian respects the lynx's magnificent beard & Ellen has a few hot takes for the world's spiciest bird.

5: Blue Dragon Sea Slug & Water Moccasin

May 24th, 2019

44:18

 Join the Weatherfords for an animal review! In this episode,  Ellen warns us not to touch the blue dragon sea slug & Christian defends our plump pals, the water moccasins.

4: Osprey & Arabian Camel

May 17th, 2019

37:56

Join the Weatherfords for an animal review! In this episode, Christian teaches us all the osprey swoop & Ellen projectile vomits her very strong feelings about the Arabian camel.

3: Praying Mantis & Giant Panda

May 14th, 2019

45:05

Join the Weatherfords for an animal review! In this episode, Ellen kinkshames praying mantises and Christian exposes the truly limitless laziness of …

2: Electric Eel & Okapi

May 14th, 2019

35:48

Join the Weatherfords for an animal review! In this episode, Christian lays down some eelectrifying knowledge and Ellen talks about the mysterious, secretive okapi.

1: American Alligator & Florida Manatee

May 14th, 2019

49:25

Join the Weatherfords for an animal review! In this episode, Ellen recalls her gator coven and Christian rejects the cetology of sea pigs.

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