There’s a new show about to appear on the Discovery Channel: Man, Cheetah, Wild. The host, Kim Wolhuter, spends a lot of time in it barefoot.
The show premieres on Thursday, October 3, at 9:00pm EDT.
Here’s one of the promos for the show.
Kim is a third-generation wildlife ranger in South Africa (a place where bare feet are still more accepted, though that is changing). Here he is setting up a shoot with some elephants.
There is also a promo involving a rhino. We see him arriving in his jeep. I rather like this picture—that’s a foot that’s not afraid of being used.
And then here’s his encounter with the rhino.
It appears that he doesn’t always go barefoot. There’s this shot.
Those look to be some sort of canvas shoe. It’s not clear to me exactly when, or why, he sometimes does wear shoes. Maybe in the show they might discuss it at some point.
So far I haven’t shown you any cheetahs. From what I can tell, the premise of the show is that he somehow managed to befriend a new family of cheetahs, when the cubs were very, very young.
That photo is from when the cheetah cubs first investigate him.
I’m probably reaching here, but I wonder if the bare feet helped him appear less threatening. By being barefooted, Kim is more a part of nature.
Eventually, even the mother cheetah got used to his presence.
Here’s another clip, this one of the rhino encounter.
There are more clips you can watch on the Discovery Channel website.
Again, tune in on Thursday night at 9:00pm EDT. It’s always good to show the general public that bare feet are perfectly capable when doing all sorts of exotic activities.