Episode 5: The Biggest, Baddest Beetle Around

Dominic Monaghan recounts his search for the giant white Goliath beetle.

BBC America: What challenges did you face searching for the giant white Goliath beetle?
Dominic Monaghan: The giant white Goliath beetle is one of the largest, most rare insects on the planet. We spent our entire time in Cameroon searching for it and only found it on the last day.

What was the most exciting part of your trip to Cameroon?
The children of Cameroon broke my heart and made my trip. They were so sweet, fun and curious.

Did you make any new bug discoveries?
I discovered that kids think my face is funny and that language is not needed when you have a football. But I guess I already knew that!

‘Wild’ Director of Photography, Frank Vilaca, reflects on his journey to Cameroon.

BBC America: What was your experience filming Cameroon?
Frank Vilaca: Cameroon was a very colorful country, made up of rural villages set in a rainforest mountain region. The air was hot and humid, and we stayed in a tent or on a floor of local village church. Hundreds of kids everywhere greeted us with a friendly “white man.”

Any memorable highlights from the trip?
I would say that my favorite moment in the entire series took place in Cameroon. Dom took part in a tribal ceremony preformed by a shaman. The purpose of the ceremony was to ensure our success in the quest for the elusive white beetle. Cameroon had the worst roads of the entire series (I doubt cars last long in this country), but there were beautiful towns and villages with vibrant street markets and friendly people.


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