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Dave Salmoni
Dave Salmoni.jpg
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 Canadian 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.

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South China Morning Post (subscription)
Sat, 27 Jun 2015 07:14:46 -0700

Canadian Dave Salmoni, a South Africa-based animal trainer, entertainer and television producer who specialises in wildlife films, talks about his new show, Brothers in Blood: The Lions of Sabi Sand. What is your new show about? " Brothers in Blood is ...


Thu, 04 Jun 2015 01:26:15 -0700

Ahead of the premiere of his new show Lions of Sabi Sand: Brothers in Blood, Dave Salmoni has shared five of his most exciting moments with Female First readers. For a zoologist behaviour expert he's had some pretty wild experiences in his time, and ...
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 ...


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 ...


Sat, 11 Jul 2015 11:00:00 -0700

A través de este documental de dos horas de duración en donde se concentran 16 años de trabajo y observación, el experto Dave Salmoni quien ha dedicado su vida a los animales, muestra no sólo la belleza de la naturaleza, sino la violencia, las peleas ...

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter
Thu, 22 Aug 2013 20:02:49 -0700

The cable network and Discovery Networks International have teamed up for a new six-part adventure docuseries featuring wildlife expert Dave Salmoni that explores the world's most remote islands and the creatures that inhabit them, The Hollywood ...
People Magazine
Thu, 29 Nov 2012 14:15:05 -0800

For his last Animal Planet show, Dave Salmoni set out in search of dangerous predators. This time around, he's kept his costars decidedly cuter. "This is Tyson, he's a male lion," the host of Frontier Earth tells PEOPLE. "Tyson's about 5 weeks old ...

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