Kate Coffin, Creator & Host
Kindred is a podcast about our human relationship with animals and nature; how they inspire us, what we learn from them, and how we can advocate for them.
We explore the history of our disconnect to the natural world, how we can repair and restore our relationship with our fellow keystone species and ecosystems, and implement change in order to heal our planet.
Special Guests INCLUDE
The Black Mambas & Bush Babies
BabiesVongani Masingi is a Jr Ranger of the Black Mambas, the all-women's anti-poaching unit, and Lewyn Maefala, is the education officer of the Bush Babies, Environmental Education Program. These women are breaking boundaries in Kruger, South Africa.
Shawn Heinrichs is a conservationist, photographer, and Emmy award-winning cinematographer. Motivated to inspire others to fall in love with the ocean, his passion to protect marine wildlife has led him across the globe. Find Shawn's work here.
Steph Gillin & Tony Incashola Jr
Stephanie Gillin is the information and education program manager and former wildlife biologist for the CSKT at the Flathead Indian Reservation. Tony Incashola Jr. is the forest manager for CSKT (Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes).
It was March, 2020, and the US had just shut down the country due to the Pandemic. Suddenly, all connection to friends and family was disconnected and all Kate had to focus on were her animals and the world outside her door. After a few weeks of coming to terms with all things unprecedented, she was compelled to take a long deep dive into herself and find what was going to keep her balanced and connected.
The abrupt disconnect emphasized the critical need to reconnect to animals and nature for an overall wellbeing and something was ignited in her heart. With that came a sudden drive to create a space for conversations with scientists, animal advocates, journalists, and others, with the hope of inspiring a new awareness of how and why we connect to animals and nature and why it’s so important.
Kate & Jenn are sisters who love animals and nature. Kate has a BA in Anthropology and is the owner of Otis & Roo Dog Collars. Jenn is a court appointed child advocate with CASA and a board member and volunteer for the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education. They both live in Pennsylvania with their beloved pets; Jenn with Tulah, a Bernese Mountain dog and Kate with Blue & Pip, street pups from Turkey. Kate also has 2 cats, Roo & Marcus, who are now 17.