Salmoni in 2011
September 4, 1975 |
||Animal trainer, entertainer, producer
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
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.
Salmoni dated comedienne Chelsea Handler in 2010.
In 1998 Salmoni began his apprenticeship as an animal trainer at Bowmanville Zoological Park. Salmoni left Canada for South Africa in 2000 as part of the controversial Tiger "rewilding" project. 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.
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, as well as After the Attack and Into the Pride 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.
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.
Wild Animals with Dave Salmoni
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Dave Salmoni on Jimmy Kimmel Live PART 1
Dave makes Jimmy face his fears by handing him an adorable baby bear, and Dave brings out a porcupine that has something in common with Guillermo. Jimmy Kimm...
Animal Planet's Dave Salmoni and a Leopard, Crocodile and Bearcat
A bearcat, leopard and alligator visited the set of Good Day NY on Tuesday. David Salmoni of Animal Planet let Rosanna Scotto and Greg Kelly get up, close an...
Dave Salmoni as Tarzan on Tyra banks (Part 1)
Dave Salmoni dresses as Tarzan for the Halloween episode of the Tyra Banks show (10-30-2009).
Dave Salmoni Scares Jimmy Kimmel with Wild Animals
Dave unnerves Jimmy by bringing out various wild animals. Johnny Knoxville's presence makes Jimmy even more nervous. SUBSCRIBE to get the latest #KIMMEL: htt...
Dave Salmoni, Part 1 - The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
Dave Salmoni shares a bengal tiger with Jay and Emma Roberts. Subscribe to The Tonight Show for more Leno: http://full.sc/IbG1mW Watch The Tonight Show Weekn...
DAVE SALMONI VS WILD LION PRIDE. LIONS RUN, ARE SCARED, AND NATURALLY AFRAID.
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Dave Salmoni on Jimmy Kimmel Live PART 2
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Dave Salmoni on Jimmy Kimmel Live PART 3
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Fennec Fox on Jimmy Kimmel with Dave Salmoni
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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 ...
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 ...
Mon, 01 Dec 2014 13:01:56 -0800
The hour-long program will feature talent from across the company's networks – Dave Salmoni, the animal trainer seen frequently on Animal Planet; Terry Schappert, from Discovery Channel's “Dude, You're Screwed”; and Hakeem Oluseyi, the astrophysicist ...
Tue, 09 Dec 2014 05:52:46 -0800
In the Animal Planet show “Into the Pride,” animal trainer Dave Salmoni informs viewers that an overly aggressive pride of lions must be tamed to accept a growing number of ecotourists in the area, or they'll be killed. But Salmoni “calms” the animals ...
Wed, 30 Apr 2014 07:41:25 -0700
However, in his new six-part show, zoologist Dave Salmoni discovers lost worlds and terrains, and uncovers nature's most extreme beasts, and, yet again, makes it out alive. Deadly Islands (9pm, May 1 on Discovery Channel) sees him traverse beautiful ...
Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)
Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)
Sun, 30 Nov 2014 17:43:58 -0800
“Surviving Exodus” 8 p.m. Animal, Discovery, TLC — Terry Schappert, Dave Salmoni and Hakeem Oluseyi search for events tantamount to the biblical tale. “Bones” 8 p.m. Fox — The team investigates when the remains of a psychology professor is found dead ...
Thu, 22 May 2014 13:01:04 -0700
While Jimmy Kimmel was off cowering in the corner like a little baby, hunky animal trainer Dave Salmoni and world renowned jackass Johnny Knoxville were getting a little intimate together…with the help of a toucan. When Knoxville tries to get a ...
Wed, 21 May 2014 07:55:13 -0700
Beefy and bearish Dave Salmoni paid a visit to Jimmy Kimmel last night with some of his friends from the animal world including a lesser anteater, a Nile crocodile, a Caracal, and a toucan with a talent for catching grapes. Salmoni wanted to show ...
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