Host of Wild Kingdom, a long-running syndicated US TV show, sponsored by Mutual of Omaha insurance. Perkins, long past his hands-on years, mainly coordinated and narrated these adventures of filming wild aminals. The dirty work was done by people like Jim Fowler. Much parodied:

"My assistant Jim is now approaching the bear and will proceed to wrestle him to a standstill, while our crew gets a closeup view of the bear's unique incisors..."