The Namibian (Windhoek)

Namibia: 'Lord of the Rings' Star in Namibia

British actor Dominic Monaghan is reported to be in Namibia. The actor who came to fame by staring in Peter Jackson's 'Lord of the Rings' and on JJ Abrams hit television series 'Lost' is said to be in the country shooting his television show 'Wild Things' for BBC America.

According to the American network Channel 5, on 'Wild Things' Monaghan journeys to remote and spectacular landscapes on the planet in search of the most lethal and elusive creatures known to man. From swarming army ants in the rainforests of Ecuador to deadly scorpions in the arid deserts of Namibia. Along the way he encounters colourful locals, quirky experts and a host of the non-human inhabitants that share the strange and wonderfully wild places on our planet.

Monaghan who is a nature lover, has been active in the planting of trees, cacti and the pod-seeds of mature hedge-row bushes. He owns a small forest in India, and has worked with the animal rights group PETA. He has a great love for insects and reptiles that he developed during his childhood.

"Shooting 'Wild Things' for BBC America is a dream come true for me," the actor said in a statement posted on his official website. "I've journeyed to some of the most amazing places in the world in search of creatures I'm interested in, on holiday just for fun, and now I get to take an audience with me and educate them in the process."

On Monday the actor tweeted this from his official twitter page: "Tomorrow night I go looking for the worlds most dangerous scorpion in Namibia!!" #domswildthings.

It is not known how long the star will be in the country.

Namibian viewers can watch 'Wild Things' with Dominic Monaghan on Animal Planet on DStv. The show airs on Thursday at 22h00.

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