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"Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan" is a travel-adventure reality series on the Travel Channel. The first two seasons originally aired on BBC America.

Exploring some of the most remote corners of the globe, this new series takes a walk on the wild side as it follows actor and wildlife enthusiast Dominic Monaghan ("Lost," "Lord of the Rings") as he searches for the biggest, scariest and weirdest insects on the planet. He'll educate the masses on their origins, their unique qualities and why we shouldn't be so quick to squash them on sight.

In each episode, Dominic takes the viewer on an intimate action-packed journey through some of the most exotic and fascinating places in the world. He'll backpack through the rainforests of Ecuador on the hunt for a few million flesh-slicing army ants; the caves of Venezuela in search of a giant venomous centipede rumored to snatch bats out of the air; the arid deserts of Namibia to face off with a deadly thick-tailed scorpion, and many more locales to get up close and personal with some of the most dangerous and elusive creatures known to man. Along the way, viewers will experience a heart-pumping, world-wide adventure as Dominic encounters vibrant locals, quirky experts, tasty cuisine and a host of creatures that inhabit the strange and wonderfully wild places on our planet.

Dominic's passion for wild things developed long before his acting career began. As a child, he worked alongside his father — a teacher and biologist — and learned the proper way to handle, care for and appreciate the creatures of the wild. Never losing his love for insects and reptiles, Dominic owns a small forest in India, and has worked with the animal rights group PETA. He'd often be found bug hunting while on location in Hawaii while filming Lost, and his California home is purposely "infested" with a growing menagerie of rare beasts including two giant spiders, a darkling beetle, a Scolopendra, a gecko, and dozens of mammoth hawk moths. Dominic hopes to dispel the myths we have about these creepy crawly creatures, and shed new light on their importance to earth's ecosystem.

Dominic is best known for his role in the movie adaptations of "Lord of the Rings" and as Charlie Pace in "Lost." A true nature lover, Dominic's knowledge and love for insects and reptiles developed during his childhood and remains to this day.

Season 2

This season, on his trek to Kenya in search of the giant spitting cobra, Dominic and a team of African Veterinarians embark on a field rescue mission of an elephant injured by a poacher's arrow. But when the confused elephant's anesthesia wears off, he and cameraman Frank are charged by the six-ton wounded animal and have to run for their lives. In addition, he crawls through some of the scariest and most dangerous bat-filled cave systems in the Australian Outback in search of carnivorous ghost bats and wrestles a giant anaconda in the Amazon River during his search for the Titan Beetle in Brazil. Working in temperatures from the scorching hot jungles of the Amazon, to the cold and snowy mountains of Japan, Dominic covers challenging and remote terrain by land, riverboat and even underwater — while Frank captures all the action.

Dominic also enlists the help of locals who conserve and protect the worlds most rare and wonderful creatures, all while learning unique traditions and cultural aspects of his destinations. He dines with a Masai tribe in Kenya, learns about Zambian villagers' mutual relationship with termites (they use their abandoned mounds to build homes), gets his face painted by native children in the Amazon rainforest, and learns the finer points of being a Ninja warrior in Japan. And of course, Dominic will share his passion for football (soccer) with anyone who fancies a game.

Season 3

This season features new expeditions that take Monaghan diving into the emerald waters of a South Pacific paradise to face a giant crab; scouring the Peruvian Amazon for a creature that's part fish and part stun gun; and hiking through Madagascar's rich ecosystem to uncover a mythical lemur.

In the season premiere, Monaghan heads to Mozambique in search of the world's biggest fish: the whale shark. Weighing up to 42 tons, the elusive shark spends most of its time in the deep ocean away from human observation — but Monaghan is determined to find it. His journey begins in the bustling capital city of Maputo, an emerging tourist spot due to the country's 1,600 miles of blue coastline. En route towards the ocean, he crosses through a wildlife reserve where local schoolchildren eagerly show him various creatures inhabiting the area. When they discover an angry rock python with a gaping wound, Monaghan springs into action to help save the animal. After visiting the coastal village of Vilanculos and joining the village festival's annual rowboat race, Monaghan begins his underwater search. He crosses paths with an aggressive moray eel and skittish whip ray, and encounters a rarely-seen giant manta and other massive marvels.

"Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan" is a BBC America original production and produced by Cream Productions and Wildfire Television in association with OLN and Channel Five. Executive producer Dave Brady and co-executive producer Jenn Kuzmyk Ruch oversee the series for Cream Productions, and Philip Clarke and Simon Raikes do so for Wildfire Television. Paul Kilback is the series producer. The show is distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.


Network: Travel Channel
Genre: Reality
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: January 22, 2013
Seasons: 3
Production Companies:
Cream Productions
Wildfire Television
Channel Five
ITV Studios Global Entertainment

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