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Coyote Peterson
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Peterson in 2020
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Born Nathaniel Peterson
September 1, 1981 (1981-09) (age 42)
Newbury Center, Ohio, US
Education Ohio State University
Occupation YouTube personality, wildlife educator, producer, author
YouTube information
Years active 2014–present
Subscribers 20.5 million
Total views 4.7 billion
Subscriber and view counts updated as of October 8, 2022.

Nathaniel "Coyote" Peterson (born September 1, 1981) is an American YouTuber, wildlife educator, and host of Animal Planet's series Coyote Peterson: Brave the Wild. He is best known for his YouTube channel Brave Wilderness, which focuses on documenting and educating about animals. Peterson has also become known for videos in which he allows himself to be stung by bugs and animals, such as the bullet ant and the executioner wasp.

He hosts several others of his YouTube channel series including Breaking Trail, Beyond the Tide, Dragon Tails, Base Camp, Blue Wilderness, On Location and Coyote's Backyard. These series span many tropical and temperate locations, including much of the United States, Australia, Brazil, New Zealand, South Africa, Japan, the Bahamas, and Costa Rica.

His team includes cameramen Mark Vins and Mario Aldecoa, trained wildlife experts who occasionally present episodes themselves.


Nathaniel Peterson was born on September 2, 1981. He grew up in rural Newbury, Ohio, about 20 miles east of Cleveland. At a very young age, Coyote took an interest in animals, which was inspired by his mother. He loved exploring the outdoors and catching different animals.

As he grew older, he attended Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin High School, a college-prep school. He then studied film at Ohio State University, where he graduated in 2004. Though a self-described animal expert, he is not formally educated in any biological science and does not have any animal training and as such has warned viewers not to imitate his methods of handling. Peterson has a daughter Olivia who is often featured in his videos.

YouTube career

Peterson began posting videos on his YouTube channel, Brave Wilderness, in 2014. On the channel, he hosts several series including: Breaking Trail, which won a 2015 Emmy Award for youth/teen programs, Dragon Tails, Coyote's Backyard, Beyond the Tide, and On Location. Peterson made his first "bug attack" video unintentionally in 2016. In 2018, Peterson made a video in which he let an Asian giant hornet sting him. He started his dangerous experiments because of the enthusiastic response of his audience. In 2019, Peterson's channel set Guinness World Records for the most-subscribed YouTube channel dedicated to animals and for the most-viewed animal channel. In 2020, Peterson said that he was probably done making "sting and bite" videos. Peterson was featured on Conan, along with Jeff Goldblum, where he brought many animals. In May 2021, Peterson and his teammate Mark Vins participated in a video call with president Joe Biden and Anthony Fauci to promote COVID-19 vaccinations.

Animal Planet series

On November 16, 2018 it was announced that the Brave Wilderness crew would be creating a TV program on Animal Planet titled Coyote Peterson: Brave the Wild. A contract-signing episode was posted on their YouTube channel. The television special Coyote Peterson: Return to the Wilderness debuted on February 3, 2019. The series Coyote Peterson: Brave the Wild premiered on Animal Planet on February 9, 2020.


  • Coyote Peterson’s Brave Adventures: Wild Animals in a Wild World! (2017) Mango ISBN: 1-6335-3577-0
  • Coyote Peterson: The King of Sting! (2018) Little, Brown Books for Young Readers ISBN: 0-3164-5238-6
  • Coyote Peterson's Brave Adventures: Epic Encounters in the Animal Kingdom (2019) Little, Brown Books for Young Readers ISBN: 0-3164-5240-8
  • Coyote Peterson's Wildlife Adventure: An Interactive Guide With Facts, Photos, and More! (2019) Little, Brown Books for Young Readers ISBN: 0-3164-5804-X
  • Coyote Peterson: The Beast of Bites (2020) Little, Brown Books for Young Readers ISBN: 0-3164-6110-5
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