Stories Featuring  The Swamp Apes

Established April 29, 2009
Founding Chapter of the Volunteer Wilderness Alliance

Dedicated to serving Veterans through serving the Wilderness

2020


Florida Python Challenge 2020 Bowl nets 80 invasive snakes. Fort Myers Florida Weekly, January 29, 2020


Rasslin’ big snakes: SC man helps catch invasive winners in Florida Python Bowl. Bo Peterson, The Post and Courier, Charleston, SC, January 28, 2020


Python Bowl Winners Killed 80 Invasive Snakes Ahead Of Miami Super Bowl. Alexander Gonzalez, WLRN, Miami, January 27, 2020


Hunters put the squeeze on 80 snakes in Florida’s Python Bowl. Theresa Waldrop, CNN, January 26, 2020


Florida Python Bowl Results in Capture of 80 Snakes. Tobias Carroll, InsideHook, January 26, 2020


80 reptiles caught in Miami Super Bowl Burmese python hunt, Associated Press, January 25, 2020


VIDEO: 'It was going for my throat': Florida python hunters wrestle invasive snakes. Zachary Fagenson, Reuters, January 17, 2020


PHOTOS: Florida Python Challenge; removal of pythons from the Florida Everglades. The Palm Beach Post, January 14, 2020


VIDEO: Miami Super Bowl Host Committee Kicks Off Florida Python Challenge 2020 Python Bowl. CBS Miami, January 10, 2020


VIDEO:  Florida's python challenge underway. Phil Keating, Fox News, January 10, 2020


​2019


55 Reasons Why the Florida Everglades are Special. Les Medley, Destination: Wildlife, December 5, 2019


VIDEO: ‘It’s Been Life Altering’: Florida’s Female Snake Hunter Stalks Swamps For Invasive Burmese Pythons. David Sutta, WFOR, Miami, November 18, 2019


VIDEO:These veterans are working together to remove pythons from the Everglades. David Schlake, wideopenspaces, November 10, 2019


VIDEO: For war veterans, a python hunt can help fight PTSD. Adriana Brasileiro, Miami Herald, November 9, 2019


Governor DeSantis announces more than 3,600 pythons removed from Everglades. Jason Delgado, WMFE, November 6, 2019


State removes thousands of invasive Burmese pythons from the Florida Everglades. Ross Nobles, Orlando Weekly, November 5, 2019


Over 3,600 Invasive Burmese Pythons Removed From South Florida’s Everglades System. Space Coast Daily, November 4, 2019


VIDEO: Python hunting in the Everglades with the Swamp Apes. Jack Brook, Miami Herald, October 25, 2019


VIDEO: Florida needs python hunters. A man in Iran is one of thousands who want the job. Jack Brook, Miami Herald, October 21, 2019

'Swamp Apes' vs. Swamp Snakes. Larry M. Elkin, CPA, CFP,  Palisades Hudson Financial Group, September 24, 2019


VIDEO: ​​​Why Military Veterans Are Hunting Pythons in the Everglades.  Great Big Story, August 29, 2019


VIDEO: The Snake Hunter. Mike Rowe, Returning the Favor, Facebook Watch. July 29, 2019 (Note: Must sign into Facebook to watch this program.)

 

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


2018

It Had to be Snakes: The Swamp Apes lead military veterans deep into the Everglades to confront two terrifying beasts: 13-foot long Burmese pythons and post-traumatic stress disorder.  Adam Weinstein, Topic Magazine, October 2018 (WARNING: This article contains adult language which some readers may find offensive.)


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


2017


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


2016


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. Terrain.org, 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? Zoomin.tv, January 25, 2016 


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


2015


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


2014


​​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


2013


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


2012


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


2011


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