Zamba: The True Story of the Greatest Lion That Ever Lived by Ralph HelferZamba: The True Story of the Greatest Lion That Ever Lived by Ralph Helfer

Zamba: The True Story of the Greatest Lion That Ever Lived

byRalph Helfer

Paperback | June 27, 2006

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When Ralph Helfer, now one of Hollywood's top animal behaviorists, first began working, he was shocked by the cruelty that was accepted practice in the field. He firmly believed in "affection training" -- that love, not fear, should be the basis of any animal's development, even when dealing with the most dangerous of creatures. Then Zamba came into his life -- an adorable four-month-old lion cub that went on to prove Helfer's theories resoundingly correct.

Over the next eighteen years, Zamba would thrive and grow, and go on to star in numerous motion pictures and television shows -- all the while developing a deep and powerful bond of love and affection with the man who raised him. By turns astonishing, hilarious, and poignant, Zamba is not only the unforgettable story of the relationship that Helfer would come to consider one of the most important in his life but also that of the amazing career and adventures of the greatest lion in the world.

Ralph Helfer is a well-known Hollywood animal trainer who was one of the first to use affection and kindness to train wild animals. He is the author ofThe Beauty of the Beasts, and he lives in Los Angeles and Kenya, where he leads safari tours.
Title:Zamba: The True Story of the Greatest Lion That Ever LivedFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.65 inPublished:June 27, 2006Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0060761334

ISBN - 13:9780060761332


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Lovely #plumreview - This is a lovely (true) story of Zamba, a lion rescued from Africa and raised with a compassionate approach to training, which was unheard of in the 1950s. The book contains a collections of mini-stories about Zamba's adventures with his owner Ralph. For the most part it was a very light read, but it did have a few very sad, heartbreaking moments. I would have loved for the book to go into more detail about how specifically Zamba was trained, what his day to day life was like and more detail about the growth and operation of Ralph's exotic animal ranch. Overall though, this was a very enjoyable, interesting read.
Date published: 2017-02-07

Editorial Reviews

“A fascinating book … humorous and touching.”