7:00am PT by Kimberly Nordyke
Animal Planet on the Hunt for Mysterious Creatures in New Series 'Expedition Mungo' (Exclusive)
Animal Planet has ordered a new series following an adventure cameraman's search for mysterious creatures.
Expedition Mungo will follow Paul "Mungo" Mungeam — who has worked with the likes of Bear Grylls and traveled to more than 90 countries to capture wild, and sometimes hostile, environments — as he steps in front of the camera to explore myths and legends that he's heard about during his 20 years of traveling the world.
In the series, Mungeam will lead a team of fellow adventurers to some of the most remote and undiscovered areas of the world in hopes of separating fact from fiction as he investigates "fascinating, bone-chilling tales of mythical creatures that have been passed down as legend and lore from generation to generation."
On each quest, Mungeam will talk to eyewitnesses, searching for clues and evidence in hopes of capturing the myths and legends on camera to reveal the truth behind some of the most mysterious animals. The show will visit continents from Asia to Africa to South America as Mungeam and his team investigate legends like an unidentified dragon-like reptile terrorizing a village in Borneo, a shape-shifting creature that locals in the savanna in Namibia believed to be linked to witchcraft and a massive lizard in Liberia looking very much like a dinosaur thought to be extinct.
The show is set to debut at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Sunday, May 28.
Expedition Mungo is produced for Animal Planet by Blast! Films. For Blast! Films, Ed Coulthard and Jon Stephens are executive producers and Craig Blackhurst is series producer.
For Animal Planet, Keith Hoffman is executive producer and Sarah Russell serves as producer. The series was developed by Kurt Tondorf, senior vp and head of development at Animal Planet and Science Channel.