By Mark Strickson
In the battle between rangers and wildlife poachers humans and animals are suffering, with casualties on both sides.
Wildlife Warzone - the series title says a lot. There really is a 'war' going on South Africa between rangers and wildlife poachers. Both humans and animals are suffering, with many casualties on either side.
I have a wife and young son, so you can imagine my (and my wife's) feelings as I left for the shoot. When I arrived at our main base, Hoedspruit in the north of South Africa, the first thing I had to do was go shopping for supplies. It is slightly worrying when you find yourself buying tomatoes next to a guy who is also shopping, but has a loaded, semi-automatic rifle on his back. There are far too many guns in South Africa.
On a more positive note, we found everybody we worked with to be extremely helpful. People really wanted to help get the message out that wildlife is in trouble from poaching. They also wanted to show the world that they are trying to do something to change that situation.
One of the special things about filming is you get to see a country and its people very differently to a tourist. From poor townships to luxury game lodges, we always received a warm welcome.
We filmed the series in two areas; the Shamwari Wildlife reserve and the Wildlife Reserves bordering the Kruger National Park.
Shamwari is in the southern part of the country, on the Eastern Cape. More....