Established April 29, 2009

Stories Featuring  The Swamp Apes

Founding Chapter of the Volunteer Wilderness Alliance

Dedicated to serving Veterans through serving the Wilderness

​​​VIDEO:  War on Invasive Species, Charles J. Kropke, PBS, (first aired 5/16/18) 


The Swamp Ape Python.  American Shooting Journal, September 11, 2018

These Killer Snakes Are Terrorizing Southern Florida - and I Caught One of Them.  Reader's Digest, ​September 2018

Calling all hunters:  Everglades National Park wants you to kill its Burmese pythons.  Miami Herald, May 31, 2018  

Storms, Python Hunters, Mental Health App & Where’s My Bus?  WLRN, May 29, 2018 ​​​ 

South Florida gets first look at 'Battleground Everglades' series featuring 'Swamp Apes.'  South Florida Sun Sentinel, January 25, 2018


State expands effort to reduce python population. Florida Keys News, November 8, 2017

AUDIO:   Florida Veterans Fight A New Enemy: Invasive Snakes In The Everglades. Maria Bakkalapulo, American Homefront, October 30, 2017  

VIDEO:  Florida's Lt. Governor Helps Catch a Python.  Palm Beach Post, June 2, 2017

Hunting for Burmese Pythons in Florida's Everglades. Deutsche Welle, May 31, 2017

VIDEO:   As Pythons Invade Florida, Professional Snake Hunting Becomes Booming Industry.  Fox News, May 30, 2017   (CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO ON YOUTUBE)            

Florida's Lt. Governor Catches 15-Foot-Long Python in Everglades. CBS News, May 16, 2017

Florida's Lt. Governor Heads Into Everglades to Hunt Pythons. U.S. News & World Report, May 16, 2017

VIDEO:  HBO's Vice News Tonight Python Hunt Segment. Home Box Office, May 10, 2017

VIDEO:  Python Hunting, Swamp Apes. 60 Second Docs, May 2017

When Hunting Pythons, It Helps to Dance Like a Monkey - and Carry a Sledgehammer. Wall Street Journal, April 21, 2017 (paid subscription required to view entire article)

Swamp Apes Tackle Pythons in the Everglades. Guy Harvey Outpost, April 20, 2017

'Python Fever': Hunting for Snakes in the Florida Everglades. CNN, April 5, 2017

Everglades Python Hunting Therapeutic for 'Swamp Ape' War Vets. Sunshine State News, March 31, 2017

VIDEO:  Python Hunters Begin Scouring for Snakes in Everglades. WPLG-ABC, Local 10 News, Miami, March 30, 2017


In Everglades, Invasive Pythons Are Only the Beginning. The Christian Science Monitor, September 12, 2016

Killer Nile Crocodiles in Florida? Experts Say It's Possible. NBC 6 Miami, May 19, 2016

VIDEO SERIES:  Animal Planet's Monster Week. May 2016 (Four videos featuring the Swamp Apes)

Calhoun County Couple enjoy pythoning in the Everglades. Calhoun-Liberty Journal, March 9, 2016

VIDEO:  On the Hunt to Get Rid of Florida's Invasive Pythons. CBS This Morning, February 11, 2016​

The Swamp Apes: Serving Veterans, Saving Wilderness., February 2, 2016

​Hiiiiissssss! Why Florida Needs Your Help to Hunt Pythons Down. The Guardian, January 27, 2016

VIDEO:  Python Hunting: The New Therapy for Military Veterans?, January 25, 2016 

Teams Ready for Python Challenge. Miami Herald, January 14, 2016


Python Patrol: Group of Mostly Military Veterans Hunts Snakes to Help Combat Stress.  Sun Sentinel, June 15, 2015

VIDEO:  The Python Invasion Project: Tom Rahill.  Daily Motion, June 5, 2015

Burmese Pythons Are Taking Over the Everglades. Time, March 20, 2015


​​Military Vets Heal PTSD by Capturing Burmese Pythons in the Everglades. Miami New Times, December 9, 2014

Yes, I Really Catch Pythons to Treat My PTSD. Time, October 15, 2014

Military Vets Hunt Everglades Pythons for Therapy and Country. Sunshine State News, June 16, 2014

Battle For The Everglades: Vets Versus Pythons. ABC News, June 11, 2014

Vets Capture Pythons, Aiding Everglades and Themselves. Realtree Outdoor News, June 10, 2014

VIDEO: 'The Swamp Apes' Help Community and Heal Their Wounds at the Same Time. NBC 6 Miami, May 1, 2014

Invasive Species in Fla. Escape Efforts at Control. Boston Globe, March 23, 2014

​​Big But Nearly Invisible in the Wild, Officials Give Up on Evicting Pythons From the Everglades. The Washington Post, March 16, 2014

Two-Year Search for Deadly Nile Croc Ends With Capture in Everglades National Park. Miami Herald, March 12, 2014

Nile Crocodile Corralled in Everglades Canal, Removed From National Park. NBC 6 Miami, ​March 12, 2014


Meeting Tom 'Swamp Apes' Rahill. Explica Media, November 19, 2013

Swamp Apes Demonstrates Macro Practice to Social Work Students. College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, University of South Florida, November 18, 2013

Swamp Apes. The Official Website of the Everglades National Park Volunteers-in-Parks Program, June 13, 2013

Python Challenge Hunter: 'It's Eerily Quiet in the Everglades.'  WLRN-PBS Miami, February 18, 2013

Everglades Python Challenge Haul Hits Target With 50 Snakes Captured. McClatchy DC Bureau, February 12, 2013

I Don't Think I'm Afraid of Snakes Anymore. E&E News, February 8, 2013


Our Southern Friends in Conservation. Hawk Mountain Conservation Corps, January 8, 2012


Swamp Apes Lead a Trail of Good Deeds. The Miami Planet, October 15, 2011