The women include Alana Barfield (Fiji Islands), Dani Beau (Colombia), Honora Bowen (Brazil), Dani Julien (Andros Islands), Eva Rupert (Madagascar) and Laura Zerra (Panama and the Amazon). The men include Chris Fischer (Dominica), Hakim Isler (Himalayas), Shane Lewis (Costa Rica), Luke McLaughlin (Namibia), E.J. Snyder (Tanzania and the Amazon) and Jeff Zausch (Madagascar).
"Naked and Afraid XL" is a 40-day challenge, making it exponentially more difficult than anything that's ever been tried in the past. These six women and six men, all extreme survivalists with their own expertise, will find themselves stranded in a very remote equatorial jungle of Colombia. They will have no food, no water, and no clothing. But this time, there will be 12 survival experts all vying for the same limited resources. At its core, this series is both a survival and societal challenge. How will these survivalists respond to each other? Will they band together as one large group or will they break apart into smaller groups to survive? In a challenge this big — the survivalists will need to master the environment to make it out alive.
This series is an intense survival experiment that will truly test the limits of human endurance. These 12 survivalists have proven that they have physical and mental strength, endurance, intelligence, a fantastic survival skillset, and the will to survive in some of the harshest environments on the planet. But they'll need more than that. They will need to push themselves far beyond their breaking point and then some. By the 40th day, will even one of them have successfully proven they have what it takes to endure?
Now, twelve of the best will attempt to survive for forty days in one of the most dangerous environments on the planet ... the South African bush.
Twelve brave, determined, veteran survivalists have been assembled to take on the most daunting survival challenge ever attempted — pushing the very limits of human endurance. Just to film the series, the crew had to endure numerous cases of tick-bite fever, spitting cobras in crew quarters, and close encounters with territorial wild lions ... on foot.
Stranded in the remote, hostile badlands of South Africa, the survivalists must all vie for the same limited food, water and shelter, while avoiding ferocious predators such as lions, leopards, and hyenas. They must endure starvation, punishing heat ... and each other. Will they band together or fracture into smaller groups to survive? In a challenge this big — will they be mentally and physically strong enough to master the environment and make it out alive?
"Naked and Afraid XL" is produced for Discovery Channel by Renegade 83; David Garfinkle, Jay Renfroe and Sean Foley are executive producers, and Steve Rankin is consulting executive producer. For Discovery, Denise Contis and Joseph Boyle are executive producers.