'Lord of the Rings' Actor to Host Nature Series
Dominic Monaghan, best known for playing Meriadoc Brandybuck in the “Lord of the Rings” film trilogy and Charlie on “Lost”, is getting ready for his next big adventure: television host.
The 35-year-old will travel the world as part of a new wildlife documentary series that spotlights unusual insects. The show’s working title is “Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan” and will include visits to Ecuador, Venezuela, Namibia and Thailand.
“I have been obsessed and interested in nature all my life,” he said in a statement.”This show brings together years of excited preparation by finally creating a series that demonstrates my love for travel, animals, adventure and people.”
According to Monaghan’s wikipedia profile, he is a nature lover “active in the planting of trees, cacti, and the pod-seeds of mature hedge-row bushes.” A supporter of PETA, he also apparently also owns a giant mango forest in India.
“I found myself in a situation where I was fraternizing with environmentally conscious people and someone said to me, ‘You should be carbon-neutral with all the traveling you’ve been doing this year. You should see how much carbon you’ve used and try and offset that with trees,’ he told the site InkedMag. “I thought that was a fantastic idea and I discovered that I had used a forest’s worth of carbon. So I thought, How do I go about doing this?
“I spoke to a friend and he said, ‘Look, there’s a mango tree plantation in Bangalore, India, that we are trying to set up and we would love for you to be the person who offsets their carbon by donating to this forest.’ So I said okay. So as far as I know, they’ve been picking mangoes and selling mangoes and, with the profits, planting more mango trees-benefiting people who enjoy mangoes. I enjoy mangoes, so more mangoes in the world I think is a great thing.”
Monaghan’s new show is expected to air in the UK later this year.