Africa U.S.A.

Cheryl Miller to appear July 9 and 10 at The Hollywood Show in LA

Cheryl Miller to appear July 9 and 10 at The Hollywood Show in LA

UPDATE: One of our readers, Susan, got a chance to go to the show. She graciously shared her pictures with us: She described her meeting with Cheryl: She is beautiful inside and out. She took all the time to talk to us very sweet. We got the v.i.p package and that includes a 8×10 professional […]

Daktari “Bloopers” — maybe you’ve spotted some?

Daktari “Bloopers” — maybe you’ve spotted some?

This could be a fun discussion — every show has bloopers — here’s some that Ken Lynch discovered. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * When television series were filmed in the 1960s, there was often little thought given to the potential […]

What did Hari Rhodes really think of Daktari?

What did Hari Rhodes really think of Daktari?

We are pleased to feature this guest post by one of our contributes, Ken Lynch: A December 2015 posting on this website recently spotlighted the ‘forgotten’ co-stars of Daktari – Yale Summers and Hari Rhodes. I say ‘forgotten’ as most commentaries on this TV show concentrate on Marshall Thompson and Cheryl Miller. I have previously […]

What happened to Africa U.S.A.? Details on the flooding which destroyed the compound

What happened to Africa U.S.A.? Details on the flooding which destroyed the compound

Recently a reader known as “squeapler” left a series of lengthy comments on the post about Africa U.S.A. (The story of Africa, U.S.A. and its proprietors, animal trainer Ralph Helfer and Daktari producer Ivan Tors) regarding the floods which destroyed the compound. I decided to create a blog post to highlight these comments as they […]

Daktari on location: Marshall Thompson in the “real” Africa

Daktari on location: Marshall Thompson in the “real” Africa

by Ken Lynch Much has been written about Daktari being filmed at Africa USA, a simulated jungle compound in California’s desert-like Soledad Canyon. These sequences were usually edited with stock African footage. However, during the production break between the First and Second Seasons, Marshall Thompson and a film crew visited the ‘real’ Africa and filmed […]

Remember Serang the tiger? He was a movie star! And Cheryl Miller pulled his tail!

Remember Serang the tiger? He was a movie star! And Cheryl Miller pulled his tail!

from Ralph Helfer’s Facebook page: Serang was featured in the TV Guide article, “The Lady and the Tiger” (see previous post) – here’s a picture of Cheryl Miller pulling Serang’s tail. This picture of Serang was featured in the Africa U.S.A. article in TV Guide (see previous post). Be sure and visit Ralph Helfer’s Facebook […]

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

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, 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 […]