210 Trailblazers: San Antonio man creates YouTube show to teach children about animals

The Wild Side with Clay recently kicked off second season

RJ Marquez interviews Clay about his YouTube series, The Wild Side with Clay

San Antonio – Clay Carabajal has always loved animals, and now he has now taken that passion and turned it into a digital show to inspire the next generation.

When asked what inspired him to start this new show, Carabajal said, “I started this because my kids were watching YouTube and watching content that was inadequate to really, truly educate the community about wildlife. Whether it was people getting stung, or chased or fail videos, that’s not a respectful way to highlight wildlife.”

Clay Carabajal with Champ a Columbian Red-Tailed Boa (KSAT 2021)

“Growing up in San Antonio, Texas, watching television -- all of the shows didn’t feature a person of color, a Hispanic person going out and messing with wildlife. As a culture here in San Antonio, wildlife isn’t the first thing we think of or are drawn to as a profession. So I’m hoping with my new platform, my community roots and my culture, I can inspire the next me, no matter where they are watching. They can make a career out of this,” said Carabajal.

You can watch the new season of the Wild Side with clay on his YouTube channel and connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok.


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About the Authors:

Andrew Wilson is a digital journalist and social media producer at KSAT.

RJ Marquez is co-host of KSAT News Now and reports for Good Morning San Antonio. He's been at KSAT since 2010 and covered a variety of stories and events across the San Antonio area. He also covers the Spurs for on-air and digital platforms, including his Spurs newsletter. RJ has reported stories for KSAT Explains.