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I have a confession to make: the Venom Jungle episode of Biggest and Baddest wasn’t originally meant to be about lots of different venomous animals, it was meant to be about one: the bushmaster. I was in Canaima National Park in Venezuela to film one of the most iconic and feared snakes on earth. The…

In Nepal, I had been lucky enough to see four Burmese pythons–beautiful animals, classified as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Endangered Species. This classification means that the species is threatened with extinction in the wild and requires protection, which makes the Florida python invasion all the more tragic. In Florida, the feral population…

Join biologist Niall McCann as he heads to the hot marshy region of central Uganda to join a team of rangers from the Uganda Wildlife Authority who are helping communities by moving man-eating crocodiles away from the villages and into the national parks on Biggest & Baddest: Attack of the Giant Crocs. It was quite…

“Quiet! The gorillas are near. They are scared, you must be quiet!” We were all knackered, we’d been hiking for eight hours to catch up with the gorillas and finally we were close. I looked around the rest of our crew: Todd with his hand in plaster after breaking a bone a week before we…

There are some species of animals whose appearance is so incredible that many people don’t believe they are real when they first see them: the cassowary certainly qualifies, so do blob fish, platypus, star-nosed moles, and so does the alligator gar. The alligator gar lives in the rivers and swamps of the southern United States,…

“Watch out for the hogs!!” It was what everyone was telling me. I spoke to a lot of my biologist friends before I started filming Biggest and Baddest, and they knew that I’d be coming face to face with tigers, wild elephants, crocodiles, anacondas and the like, but everyone said the same thing: “It’s the…

Legendary climber and wingsuit BASE jump pioneer Dean Potter, 43, was killed in a BASE jumping accident Saturday while attempting a wingsuit flight in Yosemite National Park. He and fellow jumper Graham Hunt, 29, were found dead below Taft Point, a 7,500 foot cliff overlooking the park’s famous valley. Widely considered one of the most…

With just two legs to go, the pressure’s on to snag one of the few remaining wins. On leg twelve, the teams are inserted onto a steep glacier, and race to the banks of a highland lake. At the insertion flag, they find a cache of inner tubes, planks, ropes, and other supplies. This leg,…

Lost packs, missing shoes, bouts of the flu, disgruntled team members – the Ultimate Survival Alaska teams have battled through all types of setbacks this season. Luckily, they’ve managed to avoid serious injury. But that changed on the eleventh leg of the competition, where the teams were dropped high in the Alaska Range, tasked with descending…

After nine grueling legs of survival, the four teams of Ultimate Survival Alaska are headed toward the coast of Afognak Island. In the tenth stretch of the competition, the teams must reach the LZ by land or by sea. Over land, teams can climb a desolate peak or brave bear country in the lowlands, while the ocean route promises strong tidal…

In leg nine of Ultimate Survival Alaska, the hunters become the hunted, as teams face their fiercest challenge yet: Kodiak brown bears. Dropped on the coast of Kodiak Island, teams sprint for the insertion flag in the middle of an inland lake. Diving through the frigid waters, competitors swim for the flag and a cache of…

This week’s Ultimate Survival Alaska is as tight as can be going into leg 8, with Teams Military, Endurance and Alaskans in a three-way tie for first place. This week’s competition poses a new challenge for the teams; armed with a cache of saws, drills, ropes and logs, they must construct handmade rafts, which they’ll need to survive…

Tired of not having enough control over your cable? Have you ever wanted to choose the programming you watch on TV? Well, now you can! Nat Geo WILD is letting you pick your entire evening of Wednesday night prime-time programming for the month of February—because let’s face it—we could all use a Wednesday-night pick-me-up! So cast your…

In this week’s Ultimate Survival Alaska doubleheader episode, the teams battle thorns and tundra to claim another win. The teams will attempt to bushwhack, packraft and horseback-ride their way to the flags, battling injuries and infighting along the way. With the competition’s halfway mark behind them, which team can maintain their momentum into the competition’s later…

Its been over a month since I left the Djuma & Arathusa Game Reserves in Sabi Sands, South Africa. Wild Safari LIVE was an incredible experience for me and reflecting on it over the past month has allowed me to understand how many different people we connected with. All backgrounds, in all different stages of life…

Five legs in, and the Ultimate Survival Alaska competitors are hanging on for dear life. On this week’s challenge, teams are inserted into a remote river valley to traverse twenty miles of thick brush and rocky terrain, descend to the shores of iceberg-filled Spencer Lake, navigate past a massive glacier and climb two thousand feet to the LZ.…

Welcome to Alaska’s Six Mile Creek. And don’t let the “creek” part fool you; the stream is one of Alaska’s most dangerous waterways, a ruthless gauntlet of rocks and whitewater. On leg four of Ultimate Survival Alaska, the four teams must choose whether to brave Six Mile Creek or traverse a grueling mountain pass. Then,…

From thawing ice to near-vertical mountain slopes, this season of Ultimate Survival Alaska has stretched the competitors to their limits. But Episode 3 gives each team a chance to shine, with a challenge that takes them through 2,000 feet of snowy ridges, bush-covered slopes and chilly swamps to reach the landing zone at Talachulitna Lake, with an…

If you’re racing across Alaska, you better know how to ski. That’s a lesson the four Ultimate Survival Alaska teams learn the hard way when they’re dropped at the top of a nearly-vertical, 7000-foot mountain teams and handed skies, snowboards and climbing rope. The mission for Endurance, Military, Alaskans and Lower 48 is simple: descend the…

Welcome back to Alaska. Ultimate Survival Alaska returns for a third season of competition and survival, challenging four teams of the world’s toughest outdoorsmen in a head-to-head race across America’s most unforgiving terrain. The rules are the same: four teams racing to complete each leg from start to finish in only 60 hours, using nothing but the gear in…

As you may guess from their name, Team Lower 48 represent the lower 48 states. The rookie team may have cut their teeth elsewhere from the Northern wilderness, but that doesn’t mean they won’t be fierce competitors. The oldest of the group, legendary mountain climber James Sweeney, brings decades of experience from scaling the world’s highest…

The reigning champions of Ultimate Survival Alaska return, hoping to claim the prize for the second year in a row. Once again at the helm of Team Endurance, veteran champion Dallas Seavey leads his new teammates who, while new to the competition, are far from rookies when it comes to cold-weather survival. But Dallas will need more than…

After narrowly losing to Team Endurance last year, Team Military is out for revenge. With their eyes on the prize, two Ultimate Survival Alaska veterans, former Green Beret Grady Powell and former Navy SEAL Jared Ogden, lead season newbie Daniel Dean, a former Marine scout sniper, in their quest to capture the prize for good this…

For Team Alaskans, trekking across the backcountry is what they do. These savvy mountain veterans are in their element at high elevations and treacherous terrain. Armed with ice axes and climbing ropes, the highest peaks can’t keep these expert climbers from flourishing in their environment, seeking out direct routes to win challenges as fast as they can.…

One of the toughest competitions in the world is back for round three as 12 of the world’s toughest outdoorsmen face off against each other, Mother Nature, and their own will to survive. This fight to the finish isn’t about money or a prize, it’s about pushing the limits of human endurance. It’s a dangerous…