US military forces fight animal poachers
New series documents intense conflict
- Duration 4:22
- Date Mar 9, 2013
New series documents intense conflict
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New series on the Animal Planet takes viewers inside the dangerous world -- animal coaching in South Africa.
At the center of the conflict the magnificent rhino now on the edge of extinction.
Because of the high demand for their warrants and who better to protect them that our next guests.
Navy SEALs and one green beret who risk their lives.
To stop the illegal and deadly practice.
Rob Roy Jeff Biggs and honest are the stars of battleground.
-- wars gentlemen well done and are doing great how do you guys here so us.
Tell us about -- -- he's fighting.
He's wars what do wars is is a battle it's actually sort of take over and involve everybody.
The -- -- those of our planet are being post by illegal syndicates.
And four man team.
Who's trying to make stick make a stand for these animals and hopefully deter their extinction and they're -- because there are warrants are so valuable for medicinal purposes they are -- horn is valued at more than twice the value of gold per gram there is so.
A lot of -- belief behind that's magical properties for curing cancer curing aids aphrodisiac and it's just -- to Mike on your nail bed so it's.
It's a -- -- -- ingrained belief system that is actually not true.
Rob when you first hear early spot first here I heard.
That you know former Navy SEALs and green beret who it it's here its users -- that though.
Yeah hopefully you know that you guys are doing park ranger service.
It seems like a strange -- because of course that conjures images to us of Yogi Bear and stuff like that do you think it was a strange -- No via our backgrounds and we'll special offerings we have lots of years of you have common experience and training and use that situation -- -- from the -- to.
To adjustable you know to -- the threats we had over there I mean hopefully thing is that.
-- are still -- ticket to South Africa and then working with the locals that are there the local Rangers -- We had a lot to what was already going on we were there really -- to build more awareness and anything else.
And of course -- -- awareness is key because the big -- says nothing to do with the faint of heart to this in the job that you guys are doing.
Involves a lot of bravery -- -- -- against these syndicates is pushing syndicates and furthermore I heard that one of your fears is that on any given day you could be eaten.
By lions out there.
Well I don't think -- this morning to the byline is one error protector of the trials where there to enjoy the wildlife not a big thing we don't wanna put ourselves in the situation.
To be at risk bets where we've -- training we we got to try and some of the best guys over there on track in how to act around the animals really cool experience fall at all.
But yeah I mean ultimately.
We don't want to.
We respect wildlife in general we respect the wildlife what we're there.
So we don't put ourselves in those situations if we can help it I mean there's definitely a time when you're going after a -- where you need.
Make that calculated risk that you're saying -- there's there's mines in her but we need to do our job and we we're used to that all these guys we had a great team and they are all used to doing stuff like this and take announcements.
And furthermore there have been a hundred park Rangers who were killed.
Yeah by poachers right this is dangerous work yet -- absolutely killed by animals where there's there's poachers that are doing the killing because -- poachers.
They arrive and they have -- protection team and oftentimes they're mercenaries.
Armed with AK 47 specifically just to kill anyone -- -- -- away.
And but this is labor of love in some part for you guys you have to feel passionate about the costs why would you -- the animal here fashion and -- there as soon as you way.
Hands on an animal.
Game over fear that read -- -- yeah what's so special.
I think mistrust about the entire thing as -- -- you know we -- serve our country.
And -- this goes -- about our ability to still give to give give.
For worthy cause and this is an opportunity -- if you had a chance to make a difference.
-- would you we were given the opportunity Craig sought some brought us on board with -- production company of with Animal Planet and our provision.
And he gave us a chance to do something and we never thought we could do.
Well it's really cool and people should check out -- -- planets battleground.
Rhino wars bigs rob us thanks so much for telling us that's offered somewhat here because we're not here but -- -- -- -- -- it's going to do you see here it is here but he's.
And we'll see him on -- -- -- thanks so much I think you.