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Dave Salmoni
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Salmoni in 2011
Born (1975-09-04) September 4, 1975 (age 38)
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]

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, 03 Apr 2014 06:46:36 -0700

Animal Planet's large predator expert Dave Salmoni is no stranger to adventure. Having trekked the globe to study predators and their unique environments, Salmoni combines his hands-on experiences in his new landmark series, DEADLY ISLANDS.

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Thu, 03 Apr 2014 04:24:08 -0700

Deadly Islands : Large-predator expert Dave Salmoni visits some of the world's most-remote islands to investigate how native inhabitants have succeeded in surviving Mother Nature's fiercest predators. • Ice Lake Rebels : Survivalists hunt for food ...
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Sat, 05 Apr 2014 02:11:15 -0700

Silberwasser highlighted North America and upcoming three-parter The Mystery of the Lost Islands, in which host Dave Salmoni enters inhospitable terrain to unravel wildlife mysteries, as examples of what Discovery can achieve in the wake of the BBC ...


Fri, 04 Apr 2014 08:22:30 -0700

New series on the network's slate include Deadly Islands, starring predator expert Dave Salmoni; Ice Lake Rebels, a survival series set on Great Slave Lake in the Northwest Territories in Canada; and Pool Master, starring an eccentric designer and ...


Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:11:15 -0700

To coś dla miłośników przyrody. Znany poszukiwacz przygód i zoolog, Dave Salmoni, opowie o najgroźniejszych gatunkach egzotycznych zwierząt, które zasiedliły odosobnione skrawki lądu na ogromnych ocenach. Premierowy odcinek programu zobaczymy ...
Sat, 12 Apr 2014 15:08:55 -0700

Kanal, geçen hafta New York'ta projelerini ve yeni sezon programların tanıttığı bir lansman partisi düzenledi. Peki yeni sezonda Discovery Channel'da neler izleyeceğiz? En dikkat çeken programlar Dave Salmoni'nin kayıp adaları keşfettiği 'Ölümcül ...

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