Where the Wild Things Are

“Wild Things” host Dominic Monaghan reflects on his lifelong obsession – wildlife.

For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by wildlife. From devouring every book on my father’s shelf and being engrossed in every nature show I was allowed watch, to the insect buzzing next to a window pane and every beast living in my garden – I’m curious about everything. The natural world allows me to constantly delve deeper into a subject that with each answer asks further questions. That is why I’m excited to present, with BBC AMERICA, “Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan.” An action-adventure series that travels to exotic locales to find some of the most elusive, misunderstood, vilified and ignored animals I am most drawn to.

“Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan” allows me, and the viewers, to indulge in my lifelong obsession. Over the years, I’ve kept lizards, snakes, spiders, ants, snails, centipedes, pigeons, wasps, mantids, whip scorpions, potato bugs, and at times a dog or two; and yet I am still not satisfied. That’s why I was motivated to create this exhilarating visual experience. To have the ability to travel to far-flung worlds to experience and educate viewers about weird and wonderful animals, exotic foods, sounds, colors and cultures – all in an effort to illustrate the importance of respecting and protecting these creatures – is a privilege I’m willing to risk life and limb to provide.

In each episode, at least one of these animals can either seriously injure or kill me if I’m not respectful and careful. But I believe animals are amazing and can inspire us to think differently. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed making it.

  • Carrie Byrne

    I just watched Dominic Monaghan’s search for the Giant Water Bug in Vietnam. As a fellow traveler, I enjoyed watching his adventures. However, I was astonished to see the lengths he had to go to in order to find this insect. I have had two unintended encounters with the Giant Water Bug, affectionately known as The Eastern Toe Biter, right here in my yard, in the beautiful Green Mountains of Vermont. This bug literally gives me nightmares.