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Greenlit: Battleground: Rhino Wars, Animal Planet

Battleground: Rhino Wars (3 x 60′) – The world renowned Greater Kruger area of South Africa, just north of Johannesburg, is the new ground zero in a war to protect magnificent creatures on the edge of extinction.  Rhinos are being hunted to death by poachers who will stop at nothing to kill them just to take their horns.  The death toll is astonishing; each year, nearly 500 rhinos are killed with baby rhinos and calves separated from their mothers and left to fend on their own.  The human toll too is steep.   More than 100 park rangers have been killed by these poachers in the battle to halt these criminals.  The situation is worsening.  Park rangers and security forces are desperate for help. And now four U.S. special forces veterans have come to help fight for the rhinos…

This series documents this intense conflict that is centered on the worldwide commercial demand for rhino horns, an exotic commodity that’s more valuable than gold on the black market. It reveals the conflict between blood-thirsty poachers and one of South Africa’s anti-poaching units, which has recruited armed forces to stop the illegal, lucrative trade of rhino horns. Cameras reveal a bloody war that these elite U.S. warriors find themselves fighting, in an area where both rhinos and people are being slaughtered with increasing regularity.

Four current and former members of the U.S. Special Ops (Navy SEALs and a Green Beret) have been recruited and brought in to help the security forces.  Together, they will survey the situation, 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, intel, Navy SEAL (ret.); and “Oz,” medic, Green Beret.

With the four Americans lending their anti-insurgency and guerilla-warfare skills to the bush warfare expertise of anti-poaching unit Quemic – led by Dap Maritz and Li Lotriet -the two forces leverage their skills in the escalating battle against an ever-evolving enemy threat.

Channel: Animal Planet

Producer: Aquavision TV Productions / NHNZ

TX: 7th March 2012

Source: Animal Planet press release

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