Coyote Peterson is an adventurer, conservationist and all around animal enthusiast. Born in the rural town of Newbury, Ohio, his fascination with animals and nature began at 8 years old when he captured his first 40-pound Common Snapping Turtle. After this triumphant feat, Peterson’s thirst for exploring nature and seeking out fascinating animals quickly developed. Visiting nearly all of the 50 states by age 18, his adventures across the U.S. put him in close proximity with animals of all species. From Alligators, Armadillos, and Water Moccasins in Florida, to Badgers, Moose and Grizzly Bears in Montana- armed with teeth, scales, antlers or razor sharp claws- he found that all had an amazing story of survival to tell.
Peterson obtained a formal education and degree in filmmaking from The Ohio State University. While at OSU he developed, wrote, produced and directed several television shows for OSU’s television network, and also directed several short films and a feature- length independent film. While film and television were his focus during college his self- taught education in the wild world of animals and outdoor adventure continued to call.
Recently Peterson has translated his own enthrallment with the natural world into developing animal adventure series including; The Reptile Show, Swamp Monsters, Brave Wilderness and Breaking Trail. By combining his passion for filmmaking, the art of wielding a camera and a motto of “Education through Adventure”, Peterson has created the perfect combination of animal education and conservation awareness through entertaining and unique filmmaking. His interest in documenting the natural world and braving the wilderness is now immersing him and his camera crew into the planet’s disappearing environments and up close with vanishing animal species.
Through filmmaking, Peterson aspires to be a positive outlet for conservation groups around the globe, and to share his awe of the amazing animals that inhabit our planet. His goal is to spread a conservationist message with the public all while inspiring the next generation of explorers and animal enthusiasts. Every time Peterson and his crew successfully encounter and film an animal it is both an adrenaline rush and a personal and team victory. However, the ability to make animal conservation and education entertaining to the younger generation is the real the pay off! Education through adventure has to be one of the greatest achievements possible...and Peterson never gets tired of sharing the adventures!