A: What has been your most memorable experience in Gabon?
JP: Coming home to oamp after 17 days without seeing animals. I was alone in the car on one of the new roads when I saw a family of elephants. Reflexively, I turned the ignition off. They didn't seem to care that I was there. They just got closer and closer. Then one of them gave what the ranger told me was a warning charge, as if to say, You've looked long enough, it's time for you to go. It was amazing. Elephants in zoos are old, but these animals were young and pure—their skin was just glistening.
A: What do you think will set Survivor's 17th season apart from the others
JP: The big new thing is high def. We'll do our normal twists, but high def is the big one. We're going for a National Geographic sort of feel. The other day we showed some Gabonese Government Officials our footage. They were nearly brought to tears by how beautiful the footage was of their country. It was a great bonding moment between two groups of very different people.