TV explorer aims to spark interest in discovery

Fri Oct 28, 2011 5:11am EDT
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By Nick Olivari

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Richard Wiese was born to explore.

Discovering his passion early in life climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania at age 11 with his father, he has since climbed the same mountain several times and visited every other continent on the globe.

He currently hosts "Born to Explore," which premiered in September on U.S. network ABC, a program to inspire youth and adults and spark an interest in discovery and a love of outdoors.

A self-financed venture, the show focuses on local cultures, people and places across the globe, as well as the planet itself.

"I feel strongly there is magic in this world," Wiese, 52, said, "new ideas and new wonderments all the time."

Wiese, the youngest man to become president of The Explorers Club in New York, has 26 episodes for the series to be aired over the year.

They include traveling to Belize to meet the scientists and communities determined to protect the manatee, and a sojourn to the mountains and communities in the far reaches of Canada where black bears and polar bears co-exist.

Closer to home, Wiese searches for the northernmost alligator in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, now spotted close to the Virginia border.   Continued...