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Venom in Vegas: Day 4

More Venomous Highlights: WATCH LIVE: Animal adventurer and venom expert Donald Schultz gives us a quick update on the filming of the Animal Planet special "Venom in Vegas" Donald will be doing more than simply existing alongside these dangerous snakes. Hell be working with them hands-on every day, extracting venom that will be shipped around the world so research for venom variation and potential pharmaceutical use can continue. And when hes not milking venomous snakes with his bare hands, hell be conducting cutting-edge tests to measure, for example, the potency of venom, the depth of fang penetration, and the strike range of the worlds fastest snakes, through the use of high-speed cameras. Usually what happens in Vegas is supposed to stay in Vegas, said Marjorie Kaplan, president and general manager of Animal Planet Media. But were hoping this event will slither its way into the headlines. Our goal for VENOM IN VEGAS is to get the best marketing and press for these maligned and misunderstood reptiles, and to spotlight the kind of groundbreaking event television viewers can expect from the new Animal Planet. Every year, more than 100,000 snake bite victims die because the antivenom that could save them isnt available or is in short supply, noted Schultz. Not only do I want to raise global awareness of the urgent need for anti-venom in developing countries, I want to push myself and test the boundaries of human/serpentine co-habitation. While this might be an average persons nightmare, this is truly my dream! While theres no guarantee even a venom veteran like Donald wont be bitten, Animal Planet has readied a team of world-class experts should something go wrong with Donald or any of the snakes. Hell be working with Dr. Jeremy Sabatini, a veterinarian with extensive reptile experience; Dr. Sean Bush, envenomation expert and professor of emergency medicine at Loma Linda University; and Dr. Bruce Young, associate professor of biology at Washburn University. While living in the box, Schultz might just manage to squeeze in some fun when some famous guests stop by And he has a specialized armored outfit to give to visitors who might want to get in the box and visit with him and the snakes. Animal Planet is partnering with the University of Arizonas Venom Immunochemistry, Pharmacology and Emergency Response Institute (VIPER) on the VENOM IN VEGAS event. On consumers will find links to venom information and be able to donate to VIPERs research initiatives. After the event, certain snakes and venom will be donated to VIPER, whose affiliated scientists will give them good homes while developing new ways to diagnose and treat snakebites and scorpion stings.
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