'Swamp Brothers' pitching new reality show in Lake County
By Tracy Jacim, Anchor -
LAKE COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
The Swamp Brothers reality television show aired around the world.
American audiences could watch the program on the Discovery Channel, with a lot of the show's production happening in Bushnell at the Glades Herp Reptile Farm.
Now, brothers Robbie and Steve Keszey, and pal Rick, are shopping a new reality show to networks. They hope to shoot from their brand new interactive zoo in Lake County.
"It's 'S going to be like SeaWorld and you take Animal Kingdom, and you crash the two together and then pump them with steroids!" says Robbie. "It's going to be so cool!"
County leaders say the idea isn't just a pipe dream and they are showing lots of interest in helping finance the project. They look for economic opportunities that will attract tourists and jobs. Right now, the county is considering possibly either Clermont or Minneola for the interactive zoo.
"I love getting people excited about wildlife," says Robbie. "that's my true love!"
Robbie wants to teach people about the animals that he loves: their Asian water monitor, their eighteen-foot long reticulated python, and even mammals like their three-month-old big red kangaroo.
The Keszey brothers say all this will be at their zoo. All they need is $7 million in financing and the land. Lake County has already created a task force to help the Swamp Brothers work it out.
Robbie says, "The jobs it would bring to the county, we're not just talking about a small attraction, we're talking about something that would be one hundred acres."
One hundred acres and hundreds of reasons to be awed.