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Marlin Perkins statue

Carthage, Missouri

Marlin Perkins statue
Statue in Central Park

A larger-than-life statue of Marlin Perkins, one of Carthage's most famous citizens, stands—or crouches—in the town's Central Park.

Perkins (1905–1986) is best-known to most of us as the host of the television series Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom, but he was an accomplished zoologist beginning many years earlier. At the age of 21, he was in charge of the reptile collection at the Saint Louis Zoo. Other accomplishments include Director of the New York Zoological Gardens in Buffalo, and chief zoologist for Edmund Hillary's expedition to Mt. Everest in 1960.

It was in the 1960s, during a second stint at the Saint Louis Zoo, that he began work on the television show for which he is justifiably famous.

About the Marlin Perkins statue
Business Type: Public landmark
Owner(s): Bob Tommey & Bill Snow, artists
Address: S. Garrison Ave., Carthage, MO
Telephone: 417.237.7035
Web site:
Directions: In Central Park, bounded by S. Garrison, S. Main, 7th St., and W. Chestnut. See also our GPS-based Clickable G-Maps.


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