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What has become of Ralph Helfer, genius animal trainer for Daktari? Plus another new video: Cheryl Miller’s appearance on The Streets of San Francisco

ralph helfer todayRalph Helfer, the genius animal trainer known for his radical departure from conventional training techniques, is alive and well and living in Africa. Helfer, who introduced affection training to the animal world, is now an author and has written several books. His latest, Zamba: The True Story of the Greatest Lion That Ever Lived tells the story of a magnificent lion whom Helfer loved dearly (see previous post).

season 3 yale and cheryl with cheetahAlongside his writing, Helfer leads safaris in Africa. He has a Facebook page and I recently noticed a new picture from Daktari which he loaded. I left a comment, giving him the link to the post about Africa, U.S.A. and he wrote back,

“So nice to know that someone remembers the wonderful days of Daktari. Keep it up! The series is one of the reasons I started to write. There where so many wonderful animal things happening I felt they should be in print .I hope my readers have enjoyed them. R.H.”

You can follow Helfer on his Facebook page. Leave him a comment and let him know how much you enjoyed Daktari.

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On another note, I have loaded another video onto the YouTube Daktari Fan Site of Cheryl Miller’s appearance on the Streets of San Francisco. As you will see, it is a rather different role for Cheryl who was trying to branch out:

My thanks to Ken for this clip.

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3 comments on “What has become of Ralph Helfer, genius animal trainer for Daktari? Plus another new video: Cheryl Miller’s appearance on The Streets of San Francisco

  1. Ken, one of our readers, wrote to Ralph Helfer to ask where Africa, U.S.A. had been relocated and he gave this response:

    As you drive up Soledad Canyon Road, Africa U.S.A. was located on the left side of the road. It was before Shambala Preserve. We had a house up on a hill directly across from the property that might help you locate it. There was no address.

    Now I know where to look the next time I visit my brother and sister-in-law 🙂

  2. Modoc is an amazing story. Thank you for writing it

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