How do you describe getting stung and bitten by the most dangerous insects for a living? Just before you yell “no freaking way”, we have a living proof for you – Coyote Peterson. He is an American wildlife educator and YouTube personality famous for his wildlife YouTube channel, Brave Wilderness, which features clips of him intentionally getting stung by insects that are considered to have the most painful stings ever.
Asides Brave Wilderness, Peterson hosts several other YouTube series such as Coyote’s Backyard, Beyond the Tide, Breaking Trail, Dragon Tails, Blue Wilderness, and Base Camp; on which he posts videos from locations such as Japan, Costa Rica, the United States, Australia, South Africa, and the Bahamas. The daredevil stunts he’s pulled off over the years has become a matter of public interest and has left many fans wanting to know more about him.
Coyote Peterson’s Interest in Wildlife Took Root From His Formative Years
Coyote spent the most part of his formative years living in the rural suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, and had a close feel of nature from earlier on. His home always had animals roaming around in the vicinity which was a fascinating experience for the young wildlife enthusiast.
More so, a pond located at the back of his house served as a fishing site for Coyote and his dad; before long, he began capturing wild animals with bare hands which according to him was really exciting. Growing up, his father would take young Peterson fishing and sightseeing. The Ohio native had his first handy catch of a snapping turtle at age eight; he described this as an intriguing moment.
The lad had caught a 40-pound creature later described as one of the most fearsome variations of turtles and posed the same danger as a giant white shark. At just ten, Peterson’s parents witnessed with shock as their little boy raced towards them with a poisonous Arizona rattlesnake in hand.
His Career as a YouTuber and Wildlife Educator Took off After His University Education
To acquire basic education, Coyote Peterson attended Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin High School. Following his graduation, young Coyote proceeded to Ohio State University where he graduated with a degree in film in 2004. Although a baseball hobbyist, Peterson had planned on going into documentary making, screenwriting, and film directing.
Armed with a degree and a passion for wildlife, the documentary producer organically found himself directing, making, and appearing in docu-films about wildlife. It all began in 2014 when the first steps of what would morph into a successful TV career began.
Prior to that, the wilderness explorer had contacted many documentary film channels with a proposal for his docu-movies, but none accepted him. However, that did not douse his enthusiasm as Peterson decided to launch his Brave Wilderness channel on YouTube.
The YouTube series, Breaking Trails on Brave Wilderness, uploaded its first video titled Breaking Trail-Trailer on the 8th of September 2014. The clip was the start of the series on Breaking Trails and would be widely received by wildlife lovers.
After the first, another video emerged featuring a snapping turtle, followed by another, featuring a dangerous Gila monster. Other clips began to emerge, showing him catching poisonous snakes, crocodiles, tarantulas, and turtles. Coyote Peterson’s antics with dangerous wildlife intrigued viewers who poured in in their millions.
Peterson’s Success Have Attracted Several Television Interviews and Prestigious Awards
As the wildlife enthusiast grew in fame and fortune, he began getting invitations for interviews on television. In 2015, the YouTuber was bountifully rewarded for his effort in the series, Breaking Trails, as he bagged an Emmy Award.
His channel has amassed over a billion views and the documentary producer has been working hard to ensure that he produces at least two videos per week. Most of his time is spent on the road, traveling to countries where he shoots his videos. By the time the wildlife king was 18, he had already toured all 50 states in America.
The Ohio native is working on a new series that will feature behind-the-scenes footage of their shoots as well as his discussion with crew members, where they get to talk about their experiences.
Perhaps his most viewed videos are those featuring him being stung by poisonous insects. Especially the one showing the internet star getting stung by a cow killer wasp. A cow killer wasp reportedly has the second-most painful sting on the entire planet. The clip has received over 38 million views.
Books and Television Shows Have Contributed to His Net Worth
In addition to the success he has achieved with his wildlife documentaries, Coyote Peterson decided to take it a bit further by authoring a book titled Coyote Peterson’s Brave Adventures: Wild Animals in a Wild World. The book chronicled his most daring adventures and three more followed with time.
In November of 2018, it was announced that the Brave Wilderness crew was creating a TV program for the wildlife station, Animal Planet. In February of 2019, the half-hour pilot episode of the show, Coyote Peterson: Return to the Wilderness was aired. He is also the host of Animal Planet’s series, Coyote Peterson: Brave the Wild.
Coyote Peterson Is Worth at least $7 Million
If YouTube follower-ship is anything to go by, then its safe to put Coyote Peterson in the A-class earner category. The wildlife king is sure earning a whole lot for every click he gets. His channel grows at an astonishing rate of 6,000 new subs per day and can boast of over 3.1 billion views in total while getting an average of 2 million views on a daily basis.
A 2020 review of the documentary producer’s net worth pegged it at a handsome $7 million which has majorly come from his YouTube channels. Besides, the docu-film maker has diversified into television and must have earned a good sum for authoring books.
The Wilderness Explorer Is Married With One Child
Coyote Peterson has been married since the mid-2000s. However, he’s done a good job keeping family matters private, thus, the identity of his wife has never been revealed to the public and the details of their wedding have remained shrouded.
The only fact about the docu-film producer’s family life that is known to the public is that his daughter goes by the name Pup. Pup Peterson who was born in 2008 appears with her father on his shows and seems to have gotten some doses of that active, fearless gene.
Here’s Why His daughter Is Called Pup
In an interview session with Fatherly, Peterson revealed that his daughter’s name (Pup) is a nickname from her mum. According to the wildlife enthusiast, his daughter got the name when she was about three years old; it’s like when a coyote has a baby and it is called a pup. Thus, if he is Coyote, his daughter is Pup.
He also said that his daughter mostly calls him dad but may decide to use the name Coyote as a joke. The docu-film maker who has described himself as a compassionate, caring, and understanding father said he is a hands-on dad who spends most of his time with family, except when work comes calling and he has to travel.