Giant spitting cobras that can kill 20 men with one bite, massive six-ton charging elephants and vipers with two-inch fangs are animals most people run from – but actor and wildlife enthusiast, Dominic Monaghan charges straight towards them. The returning original series will anchor BBC AMERICA’s new BBC Earth programming block. Season Two of Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan premieres on Tuesday, March 25 at 10/9c.
A true nature lover, Dominic with his courageous cameraman Frank, travel across four continents to far-flung countries in search of the largest, weirdest and most intense creatures alive – all in an attempt to ease fears of these often misunderstood animals. Crawling through dark caves, sailing the Amazon River, surfing the Costa Rican coast, and immersing himself in local culture, customs and cuisine makes for an adrenaline pumping, wildly adventurous season. He will also be joined by his buddy Billy Boyd on a quest to New Zealand where they’ll search for the giant wetapunga and return to where it all began for the duo, Hobbiton, home of the Lord of the Rings world for a traditional Hangi feast.
“Season two of Wild Things takes you closer to the action,” says Dominic Monaghan, host and executive producer. “The adventures and interactions with the animals ramp up in intensity. The pace is faster and the animals are bigger, wilder and closer than ever before. And blood. There will be blood.”
Dominic Monaghan is no stranger to danger. In season one, he backpacked through the rainforests of Ecuador, cave dived in Venezuela and swam with crocodiles, all to locate the scariest and most exotic animals on the planet. Along the way, viewers experienced an adventure complete with vibrant locals, quirky experts, tasty cuisine and a host of fascinating creatures.
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.