Unscripted series following wild-animal wranglers as they rescue, relocate and rehabilitate wildlife in the Florida Everglades.
Premiered: May 3, 2010
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Seminole Tribal Chairman James Billie has new marching orders for crew at Billie Swamp - catch as many small gators as possible for the educational gator pit, but, in order to get the job done, the park brings in wildlife officers Onebear and Cattail to help. Everyone at the park is chipping in-even James Billie's son Eecho who's learning the hard way that catching small gators is treacherous and dangerous work.
Moving two of Billie Swamp Safari's meanest alligators, threatens a serious injury to Seminole Wildlife Officer, Gus 'Onebear' Batista. Working through the pain, Onebear pushes on, until the dangerous mission is complete and the alligators are safe in their new home. Across the park, there are reports of a nuisance alligator hanging out at one of the overnight, Chickee huts. With guests on their way, the alligator must be removed, but when Operations Supervisor Donald arrives at the huts, the alligator is nowhere to be seen. The search for the elusive reptile continues until they finally corner the alligator and call back in Wildlife Officers to remove the gator from the park grounds. With alligator incidents on the rise around Safari, Park Director Jay Osceola, decides that it is time for some of the newer employees to get a lesson in alligator handling. Jay brings in one of the best-known handlers in the area, to give three "newbies" a crash course in working with alligators.
The staff of Billie Swamp Safari are no strangers to risk. When newbie staffer Meghan gets bitten by a three-footer in the gator pond, everyone takes it in stride. Meanwhile, Cory Wilcox and his crew are trapping hogs in an effort to control the growing population. And Everett Osceola is showing master gator handler Billy Walker that he is ready to graduate as a handler. After Meghan's injury, she's back at Safari to prove she's up to any task. This time she's learning the ins and outs of driving airboats from Steve. Meanwhile, Onebear and Cattail release into the park previously injured herons, and rush to save the day after they get an emergency call that a wild hog is wreaking havoc on the reservation.
Due to recent rains, Billie Swamp Safaris water levels are rising, and the alligators are on the move. When an 11-foot gator gets too close to tourists at the Safari boat dock, Gus jumps in feet first and feels under the dock for the nuisance gator, eventually capturing the aggressive beast. Once its relocated, the Swamp Men assume they have seen the last of this troublesome reptile, but that's not the case.
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- Premiered: May 3, 2010
- Rating: TV-14
- Premise: Unscripted series following wild-animal wranglers as they rescue, relocate and rehabilitate wildlife in the Florida Everglades. (more)