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Animal Underworld

Animal Underworld

  • Premiered: 
    April 12, 2012
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  • Network: Nat Geo Wild UK
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Based on the 2011 TV special (Snake Underworld) 
  • Subject Matter: Animal
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Plot Synopsis

Henry Rollins travels the world to investigate the human-animal relationship, revealing our obsession with animals, unveiling animals' role in religion and uncovering how animals are used in medicine. Investigating the role animals play in religion, Henry sees a desert ritual in which spiritual seekers illegally smoke the poisonous skin of a Sonoran toad, and finds Christianity has room for a surprising role for dangerous animals in the snake-handling churches of Appalachia. Then, Henry investigates the trade in animals' blood, organs, limbs and toxins, where he finds some animals are medically important, while others are simply outrageous delicacies -- sometimes involving cruel treatment of endangered species. Finally Henry seeks out animal collectors, including a snake collector in Miami who drives a hearse and has fangs like the animals he keeps -- a king cobra, rattlesnakes and vipers that live in a room of his unassuming suburban home. Nat Geo Wild aired the U.S. premiere of this series on Monday, May 28, 2012 at 8pm ET, showing all three episodes back-to-back on the same night. This series was inspired by Henry Rollins' 60-minute special, "Snake Underworld," which aired on Nat Geo Wild on Friday, April 29, 2011 at 10pm ET.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by National Geographic Television