South Florida Gets First Look at 'Battleground Everglades' Series Featuring 'Swamp Apes'

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Tom Rahill, right, and another member of the Swamp Apes hold a python caught in the Everglades. (Courtesy Swamp Apes)

The Swamp Apes are getting their TV close up. Next month, South Florida PBS will be launching a six-episode series called "Battleground Everglades" which will feature the so-called Swamp Apes, the group of military veterans trained to help control the Burmese python population.

The series will premiere locally Feb. 7 on WPBT-Ch. 2 in Fort Lauderdale and Miami and Feb. 8 on WXEL-Ch. 42 in West Palm Beach before being broadcast nationally on PBS stations in April.

The series was produced by the same team behind the 2015 documentary "The Unseen Everglades: Inside a Legendary Wilderness," which looked at the history of the Everglades and solutions to preserving it.

The new docu-series explores the various issues confronting South Florida's river of grass from sea-level rise and pollution to algae outbreaks. The series will also highlight the ongoing problems of invasive species such as the pythons that have invaded the wetlands.

The slithering predators are known to gorge on native animals including rabbits, raccoons and birds but they've also devoured alligators and deer.

And these Swamp Apes catch these constrictors as a therapeutic way to distract themselves from their memories in combat.

Everglades expert and author Charles Kropke will host the series.

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