BATTLEGROUND: RHINO WARS: Saving the Rhinoceros from Extinction
By: Betty Chu
Eyal Donath, Communications Intern with Animal Planet, reports on rhino poachings and how the new series Battleground: Rhino Wars is joining the fight.
There are only approximately 4,200 rhinos left in the wild today. Of those, 633 were poached in 2012 and as of February 2013, 96 have already been killed. A magnificent race of creatures is literally being decimated and on the verge of extinction — only because they possess a horn which is mistakenly believed to have the power to cure just about anything.
With rhino horns currently being valued at about twice the price of gold on the black market, poachers in the renowned Kruger National Park in South Africa will stop at nothing to murder these animals.
But help is on the way! In the new series BATTLEGROUND: RHINO WARS, four current and former members of the U.S. Special Ops (Navy SEALs and a Green Beret) have been recruited and brought into South Africa to assist the security teams on the ground. Together, they will survey the terrain, train the anti-poaching corps, exchange tactical information and go on the front lines to help defeat these ruthless criminals before the rhinos are brought to total extinction. These “soldiers of extinction” are led by Craig “Saw,” team leader, Navy SEAL (fmr.), and includes Jeff “Biggs,” sniper, Navy SEAL (fmr.); Rob Roy, intel, Navy SEAL (ret.); and “Oz,” medic, Green Beret.
Catch video from their NYC tour below and make sure to tune-in to Animal Planet tonight at 9 PM (ET/PT) for the premiere of BATTLEGROUND: RHINO WARS.