Originally Posted by Mac_Doll
Okay, first off, he never "marketed a product."
Well, clearly, he was. The zoo. His "brand." The lucrative documentary series. The cartoon. The movie. The action figures. I don't care if he gave it all to charity, he was marketing a product and using those funds to sustain and expand the zooand his brand, which could be used to sustain and expand the zoo and his brand, which could be used to sustain and expand the zoo and his brand and on and on.
I worry that I'm being misunderstood here. I'm not impugning him in any way. I found his show wonderful and entertaining and him a kind of perfect modern TV animal guy (I grew up watching Wild Kingdom).
And to my knowledge, no, he didn't receive a "formal education."
OK. That was my understanding, too.
He was caring for animals since he was able to walk, since his father owned the zoo, and he decided to learn more so he could follow in his dad's footsteps. The best education, in this instance, is first hand experience.
Well, I don't know about that. Certainly, his father taught him a great deal. But I'm not sure that equals "trained professional" in the sense it's usually understood.