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Animal Planet’s Wild Recon explores world of venom expert Donald Schultz

Airing every night at 9 PM in March, the series circles the globe for dangerous missions and potentially life-altering scientific discoveries

BestMediaInfo Bureau | Delhi | February 26, 2013

Wild Recon, Donald Schultz holding a deadly Stone fish at the Great Barrier Reef

It's one of the most dangerous jobs on the planet, but animal adventurer, adrenaline junkie and venom expert Donald Schultz is willing to risk his life to do it. Whether harvesting venom from the fangs of deadly black mamba in South Africa, collecting deadly jelly fish tentacles off the remote coasts of Papua New Guinea, or bringing down a 400-pound wild African lion to get a blood sample, Schultz is fearless in the worldwide pursuit of bio-specimens for research and potential new scientific discoveries.

Set to air every night at 9 PM in March, Animal Planet’s ‘Wild Recon’ will feature Schultz, who faces some of the Earth's mightiest, deadliest and most fascinating creatures in their natural habitats.

While other children were out playing soccer, Schultz as a nine-year-old used to be busy catching and handling the deadliest snakes on the planet. He is willing to do a job no one else dares. With support from the world’s top veterinarians and animal researchers, he travels to remote and jeopardous locales to collect venom and rare DNA critical to cataloguing species and research that will one day save countless lives.

Whether harvesting venom from deadly black mambas in Mozambique, collecting lethal jellyfish tentacles off the remote coasts of Australia, chasing and relocating charging elephants in Sri Lanka, or bringing down a 600-pound wild African lion to get a blood sample in South Africa, Donald is fearless in the worldwide pursuit of bio-specimens for research and potential new scientific discoveries that he hopes will save lives. As Schultz says, “This is not a stunt; this is my job.”

“The work I do on Wild Recon is literally my life’s work,” says Schultz. “I’ve been going on these adventurous missions for years and now the series spotlights the jeopardy that I enjoy in collecting these samples on behalf of the research community. I’ve dedicated my entire life to working with animals.”

Born and raised in South Africa, he was the youngest person ever to give venomous snake demonstrations at the world-famous Fitzsimons Snake Park. But catching, caring for and studying snakes were not enough. Now, Schultz travels the globe tracking down dangerous creatures, all in the name of science. He uses his animal acumen and taste for adrenaline for a greater cause, risking his own life for research that may one day save the lives of animals and humans.

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