The Marlin & Carol Perkins Collection at 2013 Greater St. Louis Book Fair

April 20, 2013

This year for the first time, the Greater St. Louis Book Fair is thrilled to offer an exclusive selection of books from the private collection of Marlin and Carol Perkins, world-renowned for their dedication to wildlife conservation.

Marlin Perkins was the director of the St. Louis Zoo from 1962 - 1970. During that time, he gained international fame as host of television's "Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom." Marlin hosted the Emmy-award winning program until his death in 1986.

Marlin's wife, Carol Perkins, was a noted conservationist in her own right. After accompanying her husband on his worldwide adventures, Carol led her own expeditions in Africa, Australia, Nepal and India. For five years during the 1970s, she appeared weekly on KSDK-TV news to educate viewers about the importance of conservation.

In 1971, Marlin and Carol helped found the Endangered Wolf Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving endangered wolves and other canid species from extinction.

During its four-day event, which begins on April 25, Greater St. Louis Book Fair will offer an exciting selection of books collected by Marlin and Carol Perkins during their journeys. Many of these works are signed by the Perkins and/or the authors. For more information, please visit the Greater St. Louis Book Fair website, or stop by the Rare and Collectibles case during the Fair.