Rusty Johnson is the main character, consulting producer, and originator of The Travel Channel's HOTEL AMAZON. He has conducted over 32 expeditions into the Peruvian Amazon to film, guide, apprentice under shamans, and deliver malaria nets, medicine, and toys to the children of the jungle where they have nicknamed him Tarzan Santa Claus.
He helped deliver a baby in a jungle hut by the light of a single candle, and purchased rainforest property which he now keeps as a scientific research preserve for universities. He is married to third generation shaman.
Rusty has consulted for National Geographic Television's HOOKED, the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Travel Channel, DATELINE, and his Amazon preserve is in Reader's Digest "Must See Places on Earth" DVD Series. He has also filmed on the island of Kauai for the documentary series Cosmic Journeys.
Rusty has appeared with his wildlife on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, The Today Show, and free flew a hawk on The Late Show with David Letterman 14-stories high over 49th street in New York City. Rusty has even free flew an African eagle in the ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria. And although he has presented over 3,000 lectures at educational institutions, including Princeton University, The American Museum of Natural History, and The Explorers Club, (where he was one of the youngest people ever inducted into the prestigious club), he graduated high school with a 2nd grade reading level due to Dyslexia, Aphasia, and ADD. Adventure is his teacher and the world is his school.
For over 30 years Rusty has bred, captured, trained, handled, or rehabilitated an extensive number of wildlife such as endangered eagles, falcons, condors and alligators as well as cobras, vipers, giant pythons, hawks, vultures, owls, tigers, and elephants. He has had an Andean condor for over 23 years, which is the largest bird of prey in the world (ten foot wingspan) and one of only 10 condors privately possessed in the U.S. He has captured Bald Eagles for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service research and trained a falcon for Magician David Copperfield.
Rusty testified during a federal grand jury pertaining to an Australian animal smuggling ring and he has successfully brainstormed clandestine explosive detection techniques using animals for a post 9/11 NYPD anti-terrorism Commander. He has also interviewed the infamous satanic serial killer the Night Stalker (Richard Ramírez) in order to explore the mind of a human predator.
He is the author of a book entitled Twilight of the Wild (Foreword written by Jim Fowler of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom who he worked alongside for over 10 years). This book focuses on Rusty's adventures traveling over 3,000 miles through 5 countries in Africa while sleeping in a K-Mart pup tent, filming lions and elephants, and helping homeless AIDS orphans. The book also features his time in the West Indies while filming an active volcano.
Currently he has developed his second TV series called
AMAZON DETOX which will be shot in the Amazon focusing on healing opiate addicts deep in the jungle with traditional shamans and natural jungle medicines. He also works healing people with medicines he has been trained to use for years by shamans such as Ayahuasca, Kambo (which it poison from a tree frog - info in above link.), and venom from the Bushmaster Viper and the Fer de lance viper. Two of the top ten most venomous snakes in the world of which he captures and keeps himself. He also uses both species of venom to envenomate himself on a weekly to raise his body's immunity and boost physical health, as well help him become immune to potential viper bites while in the jungle.
This is only the tip of the iceberg of Rusty's life.
What Rusty is looking for is to connect with a Literary Agent that is dedicated and has the vision to take the time, to learn more about his extraordinary life and adventures. Then help tailor which subject(s) of his many expertise to write about, and demographic to focus on that is selling in the current and future Literary market.
His book signings will be very unique since he can bring a tame animal with him which ALWAYS attracts audiences and readers and his pubic speaking experience and ability is beyond captivating which will hugely benefit promotions .
Writing samples can be forwarded upon request.
If you feel you are a Literary Agent with the dedication and vision to partner with Rusty he can be contacted personally at Rusty@RustyJohnson.tv
Rusty has thousands of high quality photos (and video for multimedia publications). Samples of them can be reviewed at:
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