Survivor host Jeff Probst by Monty Brinton/CBS Survivor host Jeff Probst by Monty Brinton/CBS

Outwit... outplay... outlast... out hippo? Production on Survivor: Gabon - Earth's Last Eden has hit several snags, among them wild hippopotami roaming the area.

Host Jeff Probst told the Associated Press, "We have a danger problem with animals that we're trying to figure out how to handle. We don't want the animals around for safety reasons, but we'd love to have a hippo sneak in every so often. I just got a call from our executive producer that we've got hippo tracks at base camp."

Other mishaps include month-long shipping delays, a missing cargo hold containing $100,000 worth of food, a fallen crane, and housing for the crew. "We're going to be fine on the show," Probst said, "but the crew housing is not there. We're going to be in tents."

He added the snafus were not likely to bring production to a complete halt.

Filming in the West African nation is scheduled to begin later this month and premiere - in high definition - this fall. It's the program's first return to Africa since Season 3's Kenya. - J.R. Whalen

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