Odds are if you’ve heard of a honey badger this year, it was through a You Tube video posted by Randall’s Wild Wild World of Animals. With over 14.5 million views so far, the honey badger video and Randall’s fame is growing. But this is not your average nature special video – and definitely not for kids as this would earn a PG-13 rating
While his irreverent narration and profanity are not for everyone’s ears, his take on the honey badger’s behavior has sparked an unprecedented interest in these extraordinary creatures. Christopher Gordon, one of the crew from Randall’s Wild Wild World of Animals, will be filming the premiere of the new honey badger habitat at Naples Zoo on Saturday, August 20. Randall will create his unique voice-over and release a new video shortly thereafter – a family friendly version for all to enjoy these fierce new creatures. (Naples Zoo Member Preview starts at 8 a.m. The general public is welcomed in at 9 a.m.)
“I’m stunned by how many people know what a honey badger is when I tell people the Zoo is bringing them in – and it’s almost always Randall’s video,” explains Naples Zoo Director David Tetzlaff. “These badgers are incredible which is why we wanted to share them with our guests. We’re all surprised and excited that so many folks already know what they are and look forward to seeing them in person.” Indeed, Randall’s videos are a phenomenon that has earned him an interviewed by Forbes magazine (http://stp.me/forbesbadger) and even a commercial.
Some early publicity about Naples Zoo’s three honey badgers made its way to Randall and he called the Zoo’s Director of Conservation and Communications to see about filming the opening. “He started asking about the opening of the new habitat. It was a little hard to believe that he was calling, but that voice is unmistakable,” said Tim Tetzlaff. Randall is flying his assistant Christopher Gordon from California to film the premiere and Randall will add the new video soon after. “If there’s a celebrity associated with honey badgers, it’s Randall,” said Tetzlaff. “Right now, there’s no better person to highlight these bold and brash beasts that you can now see in Naples.”