The Joe Rogan Experience #1932 – Joe Rogan & Merline Tuttle

The Joe Rogan Experience is a podcast hosted by American comedian, presenter, and UFC color commentator Joe Rogan. It launched on December 24, 2009, on YouTube by Rogan and comedian Brian Redban, who was its sole co-host and producer until 2012 when Jamie Vernon was hired to co-produce. Vernon would eventually take over production. By 2015, it was one of the world’s most popular podcasts, regularly receiving millions of views per episode,[5] also including a wide array of guests, including business magnate Elon Musk, whistleblower Edward Snowden, and Senator Bernie Sanders. Since December 2020, the podcast has been exclusively available on Spotify.

Joe Rogan Merlin Tuttle

Merlin Tuttle

Merlin Tuttle is is an American ecologist, conservationist, writer and wildlife photographer who has specialized in bat ecology, behavior, and conservation. He is credited with protecting the Austin Congress Avenue Bridge bat colony from extermination. Tuttle is currently active as founder and executive director of Merlin Tuttle's Bat Conservation (MTBC) in Austin, Texas. He also founded the conservation organizations Bat Conservation International, from which he retired in 2009, and helped establish the National Park of American Samoa. Tuttle has also published research on gray bat population ecology migration, and the frog-eating bats Trachops cirrhosus.

Books Mentioned in JRE #1932 with Joe Rogan & Merlin Tuttle:

Book: The Secret Life of Bats

Author: Merlin Tuttle

Book: The Bat House Guide

Author: Merlin Tuttle

Joe Rogan & Merlin Tuttle - Venturing into the Unknown

In a gripping segment of The Joe Rogan Experience, Joe Rogan was joined by Merlin Tuttle, a man whose adventurous spirit led him to some of the most remote corners of our planet. As they delved into tales from the wild, Tuttle recounted a harrowing experience from the Venezuelan jungle, where curiosity and danger went hand in hand.

The Forbidden Territory: Yana Mama's Domain

The Venezuelan jungle, with its dense foliage and hidden mysteries, held a particular area that intrigued Tuttle. However, this land was considered off-limits. A group of Yana Mama, known for their hostility towards outsiders, had made it abundantly clear that intruders were not welcome. Arrows shot in warning had deterred many from venturing close. But when Tuttle learned from locals that the Yana Mama might be away on a raid, the adventurer in him saw an opportunity.

A Risky Expedition: Encountering the Unexpected

With a sense of cautious optimism, Tuttle, accompanied by a young Venezuelan, embarked on their journey into the uncharted territory. Parking their dugout canoe and setting out to set nets for bats, the tranquility of the jungle was soon shattered. Distant sounds hinted that they might not be as alone as they had hoped. As the reality dawned on them, the duo found themselves facing challenges they hadn’t anticipated.


Merlin Tuttle’s tale from the Venezuelan jungle serves as a vivid reminder of the allure of the unknown and the potential risks that come with it. While curiosity can lead to incredible discoveries, it’s always accompanied by an element of danger. Tuttle’s experience underscores the beauty and unpredictability of nature, reminding us of the vast, untamed wonders that still exist in our world.