BURLINGTON, N.C. – Mutual of Omaha wants everyone attending the National Agents Alliance “Be Your Own Rock Star” Version 2.0 National Convention to have their picture made with an animal you don’t get the chance to be up close and personal with this weekend in Raleigh, N.C.
On Saturday, National Agents Alliance guests will have the chance to get free pictures taken from noon until 2 p.m. and from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. in the lobby of the Raleigh Convention Center. The animals have been become a big hit with attendees in the last two years, thanks to the support of Mutual of Omaha. This year, a lemur, python and porcupine will be among the featured animals available for photo opportunities.
“We’re pleased that our friends at Mutual of Omaha will once again showcase some of the coolest animals on the planet at our national convention in Raleigh this weekend,” National Agents Alliance President and Chief Executive Officer Andy Albright said. “The animals we’ve had visit our team in the past have been a huge hit with our agents and we’re excited to see what animals the trainers will bring this weekend. I want to thank Brent Bench and the rest of the Mutual of Omaha team for being such great partners with National Agents Alliance.”
Mutual of Omaha is famous not just for financial services, but also for its television show, Wild Kingdom, which was made famous in the 1960s when viewers were shown the far corners of the world and were able to study wild animals in their natural habitats.
Wild Kingdom pioneered the format now common to nature shows, which builds a suspenseful story around the real challenges faced by the hosts and camera crews in the wild.
The program let viewers see the action, but not the violence, which helped make it the favorite nature show of millions of American families.
Hosting duties were handled by Marlin Perkins, who was joined by several field correspondents, including subsequent hosts Jim Fowler and Peter Gros. Wild Kingdom was seen on network prime-time television until 1971, at which time it was syndicated on the Mutual of Omaha National Syndication Network. More than 200 local stations asked to join the network.
In syndication, Wild Kingdom, reached the largest audiences in the program’s history and was only one of five syndicated shows nominated for an Emmy in 1972.
In all, Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom was recognized with 41 major awards, including four Emmys and an endorsement by the National PTA for television recommended for family viewing.
Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom made a triumphant return in 2002 when all-new episodes of Wild Kingdom started being broadcast on Animal Planet.