Daniel "Dan" DaSilva (also known as The Wardog) is a contestant from Survivor: Edge of Extinction.

Despite his erratic gameplay and sometimes aggravating demeanor, Wardog managed to play a heavy strategic game which involved joining a tight-knit trio and the blindside of the eventual winner Chris Underwood and two of his season's returnees. He became a target following that, and an emotional outburst at Gavin Whitson cost him crucial social capital within the game. He was then blindsided himself at the final eight and failed to return to the game.


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Age: 38
Hometown: Ossining, New York
Current residence: Los Angeles
Occupation: Law Student/Former Military
Hobbies: Gym, basketball, and Netflix binging.
Pet peeves: Weakness for sure, but most of all negative energy, that person who just complains constantly that the world never breaks their way.
Three words to describe you: Confident, self-amused, and passionate.
What is your personal claim to fame? Bronze Star Medal in Afghanistan, close second was being the youngest in my Basic Training company and making it through in a time when 20 percent or so were sent home. It was 1997 pre-war standards.
Who or what is your inspiration in life? The young men and women who joined the Army after the war began, I fought alongside these 19, 20, and 21-year-olds, and they certainly were my heroes.
If you could have three things on the island, what would they be and why?
Nail clippers: I don't know why, dirty long nails just strike a chord.
Football: it would be nice to have something to toss around.
Chess Board or deck of cards: sometimes it would be nice to remove your brain from the game but I don't know if that's even possible.
Which Survivor contestant are you the most like? The Wardog is his own blend—I'm not Tony, I'm not the Specialist, I'm not Boston Rob. Whose game did I respect the most? That's a better question. I thought Yul played great, I thought Mike was a great winner, I loved Parvati's game, Earl dominated, the third version of Tyson, the first version of Country Bumpkin (J.T).
What's your reason for being on Survivor? Win the game of games! Also, to go on an adventure that few will ever partake in, and to challenge myself physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor? I bring a certain sex appeal that men my age haven't had for over a decade or most have never had. But I digress; I also bring a sharp mind, likable joyful personality, one that can be both subservient when I need to be and a leader when there is a vacuum of leadership. I bring a strong set of physical skills, and I won't be the one whining and complaining. In the end, I'll make them laugh when we are all having a miserable moment.[2]


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Voting History

Wardog's Voting History
Episode Wardog's
Voted Against
1 Wendy -
2 Keith -
3 Chris -
4 Rick -
5 Lesu Tribe Immune
6 David -
7 Eric -
8 Julia -
9 David David, Rick
Kelley -
10 Aurora Aurora, Gavin, Julie,
Lauren, Ron, Victoria
Voted Out, Day 29
11 On Edge of Extinction
Eliminated, Day 35
Voted for
Sole Survivor

^1 In It's Like the Worst Cocktail Party Ever, the vote ended with a 4-4 tie between Lauren and Wendy, forcing a revote. Wardog did not change his vote on the revote.


  • Wardog graduated from the Pepperdine University School of Law in May 2019.[3]


  • Wardog lost 31 lbs. during his time on Edge of Extinction.[4]
  • Wardog revealed in a Reddit thread that his parents were both born in Portugal, thus making him the first Survivor castaway of Portuguese descent.


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