Brothers are Discovery’s new stars

04 Oct,2011

By A Correspondent

Robbie and Stephen Keszey are brothers who run one of the most unique family businesses – working with wild and dangerous animals deep in the swamps of Florida. They run America’s largest venomous snake farm, which is home to hundreds of the meanest gators and crocs one could ever see. Together, they are the stars of Discovery Channel’s new series Swamp Brothers, which is airing every night at 10pm.

 

Robbie is a veteran of the 1980s metal scene who is passionate about all things scaly, and Stephen is a former New York City bartender, more accustomed to hailing a cab than handling a snake. Robbie and Stephen run Glades Herp Farms, Florida’s largest reptile sanctuary and exotic reptile dealership. Their farm also houses Florida’s International Teaching Zoo, which is full of rare species from around the globe and brings in a constant stream of new and different animals each month. In each episode of the show, the brothers put themselves on the line to protect the most unusual of creatures – from pythons and alligators to wildcats and bears.

 

As a child, older brother Robbie loved two things: music and wildlife. After high school, he moved to Los Angeles to play bass in a rock band, living a life of excess on the Sunset Strip. Eventually realizing that his true passion was for wildlife and reptiles, Robbie moved to Florida and Glades Herp Farm, bringing with him his rock ‘n’ roll attitude and a penchant for living on the edge. Today, Robbie is a skilled expert in all herpetofauna – especially crocodilians and venomous snakes. His goal is to one day take what he’s learned on the farm and open his very own teaching zoo, where he can continue to teach people to conserve and respect animals.

 

Robbie’s younger brother Stephen is a pure city boy at heart who headed straight to the Big Apple after graduating from university. During his 14 years in New York City, Stephen held his dream job as a bartender, where drinking, telling jokes and flirting with girls were all in a day’s work. When Robbie asked Stephen to help him expand the business, Stephen initially was not thrilled to leave the big city life, especially to spend all his time around dangerous animals. Overly cautious by nature, Stephen concedes that where reptiles are concerned, he always bows to the expertise of his brother.

 

From pythons to rogue bobcats, the brothers make it their business to track these beasts down, capture them and return them to a safe environment – without losing life or limb in the process.

 

ROBBIE KESZEY – The Herp Expert

Partner at Glades Herp Farm, former bassplayer & rock ‘n’ roll band assistant Robbie Keszey has been interested in reptiles and wildlife since he was a kid. Robbie’s #1 goal is to teach people to respect and conserve animals through captive breeding. He is a professional skilled expert in all herps, especially crocodilians and venomous snakes. But it was Robbie’s other passion – music — that drove him to move to Los Angeles after high school to play bass in a rock band. While in L.A., Robbie served as personal assistant to C.C. Deville, of the glam rock band Poison. After traveling the world, Robbie found his way back to his first real love – wildlife and reptiles. He moved to Florida to work at Glades Herp Farm, bringing with him his rock ‘n’ roll attitude and a penchant for living on the edge. A Florida Gators fan, Robbie lives in Bushnell, Florida with his wife, Michelle and their kids, and they hope to one day own a teaching zoo of their own.

 

STEPHEN KESZEY – The City Slicker

Assistant at Glades Herp Farm, former New York City bartender Stephen Keszey is a pure city boy at heart who

 

prefers the chirping of urban crickets (car alarms) to actual crickets. After graduating from The Ohio State University, Stephen moved to New York City, where he lived for more than 14 years. During his time in the Big Apple, he had a variety of jobs, including a stint working in music publicity — but Stephen’s love was bartending. When their mother became ill, Stephen left New York City for Florida to help out, and found himself also helping his older brother, Robbie, at Glades Herp Farm. Although Stephen is overly cautious and extremely fearful of getting hurt, he has gained some knowledge, and concedes that there is only one aspect in his life where he bows to the expertise of his brother without question, and that is where reptiles are concerned.

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