06:13 PM EDT 10/21/2013
Originally posted 10/13/2013 06:00PM
Howard T. Owens, president of National Geographic Channels, took Billy Bush, an entertainment reporter afraid of bugs, put him in the jungle in Nepal with World Wildlife Fund and embedded him on the front line of rhino conversation.
Last spring, Owens traveled to Nepal, where he filmed and produced the documentary Chasing Rhinos with Billy Bush, which explores the war between poachers and conservationists in the Chitwan National Park. He's sharing a first-hand account of his experience with PEOPLE as the documentary premieres Sunday on Nat Geo WILD at 9 p.m. (ET).
When you accompany the Nepalese military on a nighttime mission to track down poachers, the poachers themselves are the least of your worries. The jungle is pitch black, and even with tracking lights, it's impossible to see more than a few feet in front of you. The primordial fear of wild animals returns as you hear them crashing and screeching in the vegetation that surrounds you, and you’re never sure you won’t step on a snake.
Originally posted 08/21/2013 05:00PM
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