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Dave Salmoni
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Salmoni in 2011
Born (1975-09-04) September 4, 1975 (age 39)
Sarnia, Ontario,
Occupation Animal trainer, entertainer, producer
Years active 2000-present

Dave Salmoni (born September 4, 1975) is a Canadian animal trainer, entertainer and television producer. He has his own production company, Triosphere, which is based in South Africa and specializes in wildlife films.

Life and career[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Salmoni's mother, a competitive figure skating coach, and father, a chemical engineer, fostered his love for the wild. Salmoni studied zoology at the Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, and wrote his undergraduate thesis on tracking the hibernation of Canada black bears. Also while in university, Salmoni was certified in Chemical Immobilization of Wildlife and worked on an elk relocation project and at a deer count station for the Ministry of Natural Resources.[1]

Salmoni dated comedienne Chelsea Handler in 2010.[2]

Animal training[edit]

In 1998 Salmoni began his apprenticeship as an animal trainer at Bowmanville Zoological Park.[1] Salmoni left Canada for South Africa in 2000 as part of the controversial Tiger "rewilding" project.[1] Dave Salmoni was attacked by one of his trained big cats named Bongo, a five hundred pound male African lion in August 1999 in Ontario, which inspired his making of After the Attack.[1]


He has hosted and produced several television documentaries, including Living with Tigers, which describes the progress he and John Varty made as part of a controversial Bengal Tiger rewilding project, Into the Lion's Den and Sharks: Are They Hunting Us?, both for Discovery Channel. He starred in the show Animal Face-Off as a host and expert. He currently hosts and produces the Discovery Channel show Rogue Nature,[3] as well as After the Attack and Into the Pride[4] on Animal Planet.

Salmoni has been criticized by credentialed research biologists for his theatrics in an effort to make more entertaining television at the expense of wild lions. His antics have drawn much concern from the scientific community including the leading big cat conservationists affiliated with notable organizations like Panthera Corporation and the Wildlife Conservation Society. There is much sentiment that he is impeding conservation efforts in sub-Saharan Africa and conveys the wrong message about the human-cat interface to viewers in regard to safety, animal behavior and conservation.[5]

Dave Salmoni started production of a short series named Deadly Islands. This series consisted of Dave visiting some of the worlds most remote islands, here he would live side by side with some of the fiercest predators on the planet. During the short series Dave investigates how the inhabitants of these islands have lived so well and strived to survive despite of the harsh conditions. He visits places such as the famous Bear Island, Shark Island and Devils Island. Risking his own safety and even putting him self up as bait in one episode.

He also hosts Expedition Impossible, a Mark Burnett show on ABC.


  1. ^ a b c d "Meet Dave Salmoni : After the Attack : Animal Planet". Animal.discovery.com. Retrieved 2010-08-31. 
  2. ^ Hall, Katy (2010-08-20). "Chelsea Handler & New Boyfriend Dave Salmoni Step Out". huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2013-09-10. 
  3. ^ "Star presenter of Discovery Channel’s Rogue Nature series, Animal Planet’s Predator versus Prey » Meet". Dave Salmoni. Retrieved 2010-08-31. 
  4. ^ "Into the Pride, Dave Salmoni : Animal Planet". Animal.discovery.com. Retrieved 2010-08-31. 
  5. ^ Rabinowitz, Alan (2009-09-14). "Panthera: Dave Salmoni: Tormenting Lions for TV". Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2010-08-31. 

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Thu, 30 Apr 2015 09:26:36 -0700

Zoologist and TV host Dave Salmoni, who thinks getting bitten is just a part of his job (Jimmy Kimmel does not agree with that), visited the show and brought out a black bear cub, serval and baby eagle owl for Jimmy and guest Billy Crystal to see up close.

Mother Nature Network

Mother Nature Network
Fri, 29 May 2015 13:03:45 -0700

Those who oppose legalizing pet hedgehogs may also take issue with domesticating wild animals. "There always are ethical and moral issues with keeping exotics," Dave Salmoni of Animal Planet told ABC News. "In the case of hedgehogs, one of the big ...

Us Magazine

Us Magazine
Fri, 22 May 2015 12:07:30 -0700

Lizards are crazy. In honor of Animal Planet's Monster Week, Us Weekly's Monique Meneses met four predators from around the world — with the help of Animal Planet's Dave Salmoni of course — and one reptile in general really let loose… PHOTOS: Celebs ...


Thu, 30 Apr 2015 10:07:06 -0700

In honor of Willie Nelson's 82nd birthday on April 29th, Jimmy Kimmel welcomed a 5th grader named Luke to perform a tribute to the singing superstar. Luke comes out wearing a cut-out costume and delivers a monologue in the voice of Willie: "I spent ...
Thu, 04 Sep 2014 10:04:00 -0700

Of all the hot TV animal wranglers through the years, no one has ever come close to Dave Salmoni (although my beloved Kratt Brothers will always hold a place in my heart). It's not only that he's a classic case of Hodarable (Hot & Adorable), but he ...


Broadcasting & Cable
Mon, 11 May 2015 10:17:51 -0700

Discovery U.S. Hispanic announced Monday the 2015-16 upfront slate for Discovery Familia and Discovery en Español. Discovery en Español will expand its automotive and adventure programming nights with news series Cuban Chrome, Lost and Starving ...


Thu, 30 Apr 2015 03:52:51 -0700

"Jimmy Kimmel Live's" resident wild animal expert, Dave Salmoni, was in the house today, and he completely traumatized both Jimmy and Billy Crystal by forcing them to interact with a black bear cub. Most adorable moment of the Late Night Roundup, by far.


Fri, 21 Nov 2014 08:07:30 -0800

The special features animal trainer Dave Salmoni (pictured) as well as other predator experts, who weigh in on the social dynamics that exist within lion prides, while footage from blue-chip natural history filmmakers is combined with user-generated ...

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