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Churchill Wild Photo Leader Jad Davenport featured on Faunographic Wild Lives Podcast

Faunographic WILD LIVES Podcast. Polar bears and wolves with Jad Davenport.
Faunographic WILD LIVES Podcast. Polar bears and wolves with Jad Davenport. Click image to listen.

You’ve seen the photos, now you can hear the stories behind them!

Churchill Wild photo leader Jad Davenport was recently interviewed by Faunographic founder Rachelle Mackintosh for her WILD LIVES Podcast, and this is something  you don’t want to miss.

Jad has been a photo leader with Churchill Wild for over five years now, and he’s had some of the most incredible meetings with wolves and polar bears you’ll ever hear of. And not only is Jad a National Geographic photographer and former war correspondent, he’s also an award-winning author and master storyteller. The latter attribute is deliciously obvious in this interview and if you’re a nature-loving photographer, you’ll find this podcast fascinating and highly entertaining.

In this interview Jad talks about his (very) close encounters with the wolves at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge and his favourite adventures with polar bears at both Seal River Heritage Lodge and at Nanuk on Hudson Bay’s wild Kaska coast, which he is also writing a book about.

Alpha wolf at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge. Jad Davenport photo.
Alpha wolf at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge. Jad Davenport photo. Click image for story.

Faunographic is for people who love animals and wildlife adventures. Mackintosh is a Sydney-based editor, journalist and photographer who describes herself as a Davina Attenborough/Bev Grylls of sorts. Seems like an apt description!

Mackintosh is accredited by the Australian Society of Travel Writers and has held several journalism positions over the years. Right now she’s the Travel Content Director of New Idea and Managing Editor of WHO. She was previously the Editor of Women’s Health (where her favourite bit was overseeing the travel section); the Travel Editor of Aussie POST; Features Editor at Travel Week, and Chief Subeditor at Girlfriend and Cosmopolitan magazines. Mackintosh’s wildlife photos and stories have appeared in the aforementioned magazines, as well as in Tourism Australia, The Huffington Post, Harper’s Bazaar and Bride To Be.

Romantic wolves at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge. Jad Davenport photo.
“She just wanted to say goodbye.” Jad Davenport photo. Click image for story.

In her description of the WILD LIVES Podcast entitled Polar Bears & Tundra Wolves with Jad Davenport, Mackintosh writes:

“Legendary snapper Jad Davenport has spent 15 years as an expedition leader and photographer in the Canadian sub-Arctic, where he sometimes gets so close to wild polar bears and tundra wolves that his camera can’t even focus! From peeing comps with alpha wolves to playtime invitations from juvenile polar bears, Jad’s interactions with these wildlings is the stuff of legend.

“Much like the man himself, really — Jad started out as a war photographer before he found his true calling as a National Geographic wildlife photographer, and today he’s known as one of the world’s best in the field. In this WILD LIVES episode, Jad shares his favourite moments in the Hudson Bay area and reveals what his adventures have taught him about animals, humans and himself.”

We listened to it. We loved it. And you will too.

Listen Now: Polar Bears & Tundra Wolves with Jad Davenport

Polar bears sparring at Seal River Heritage Lodge. Jad Davenport photo.
Polar bears sparring at Seal River Heritage Lodge. Jad Davenport photo.

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