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
Dave brings out wild animals that make Jimmy very uncomfortable. One of the animals is a cheetah. This is the first time a cheetah has ever appeared on a tal...
Wild Animals with Dave Salmoni
Dave brings out wild animals that make Jimmy and Martin Short very uncomfortable. SUBSCRIBE to get the latest #KIMMEL: http://bit.ly/JKLSubscribe Watch the l...
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 VS WILD LION PRIDE. LIONS RUN, ARE SCARED, AND NATURALLY AFRAID.
SISSY MARRYS. AHAHAHHAHAHAHAHH YEAH MAN, LIONS ARE COWARDS BY NATURE. IVE BEEN TRYING TO TELL YOU PEOPLE, ON FOOT YOU HAVE NOTHING TO FEAR FROM LIONS.
Dave Salmoni and a Live Baby Tiger on The Hour
http://www.cbc.ca/thehour Dave Salmoni brings a good friend of his, a baby tiger to The Hour. Does George get eaten? I think not.
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...
Fennec Fox on Jimmy Kimmel with Dave Salmoni
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Dave Salmoni - THE BONNIE HUNT SHOW
Animal expert Dave Salmoni introduces Bonnie Hunt to an African elephant.
Thu, 04 Sep 2014 10:03:45 -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 ...
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Fri, 30 Jan 2015 01:45:00 -0800
Der Raubtier-Experte Dave Salmoni gewinnt den 6. MIRA Award als bester Moderator. Die hochkarätige Jury des von Sky initiierten Pay-TV-Awards zeichnete gestern Abend Salmoni für seinen außergewöhnlichen Einsatz in der Discovery Channel Serie ...
Thu, 12 Feb 2015 14:16:36 -0800
(All times Eastern.) John and Zed return to New Orleans after Detective Jim Corrigan asks for their help finding a missing girl on “Constantine” (NBC at 8 p.m.). Meanwhile, Papa Midnite plots his revenge. The latest episode of “Glee” (Fox at 9), titled ...
Fri, 13 Feb 2015 07:33:45 -0800
... Graves The Late Late Show (Friday): Dick Cavett; Morena Baccarin; Derrick Pitts. Wayne Brady hosts. Jimmy Kimmel Live (Friday): Kerry Washington, Dave Salmoni, Music from Ne-Yo Watch What Happens Live (Sunday): NeNe Leakes; Tracee Ellis Ross ...
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:51:17 -0800
(All times Eastern). Meredith decides to cope with Derek's impending move to Washington, D.C., by working as much as physically and mentally possible on “Grey's Anatomy” (ABC at 8 p.m.). Meanwhile, Arizona and Amelia concoct a plan for approaching Dr.
Wed, 30 Apr 2014 07:37:30 -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 ...
Wed, 11 Feb 2015 06:26:15 -0800
While it's not known who Handler might now be dating, according to Heavy.com she has previously been romantically linked to the likes of Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Ted Harbert, David Alan Grier, Andre Balazs and Dave Salmoni. In announcing her plans to ...
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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