- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Harper Paperbacks; Reprint edition (2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060761334
- ISBN-13: 978-0060761332
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Zamba: The True Story of the Greatest Lion That Ever Lived Paperback – 2006
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I believe as Ralph does...that we are just beginning to truly understand what animals think and feel. Anyone with pets can attest to this. Skeptics might say that he trained animals for the wrong reasons, but as I said, it was different era back then, and I am just thankful that there was someone like Ralph who oversaw the humane treatment of animals on movie sets.
The star of this book, however, is Zamba. What an incredible lion and best friend to Ralph. The two of them did indeed have a true bond and love for one another. It occurred to me while reading this book that I had met Ralph's wife who was mentioned in this book, Toni Ringo, as well as his daughter, Tana, at a fundraiser for cheetahs in Orange County a few years ago. Toni was an incredible and beautiful lady who was on her way back to live in Kenya. I didn't know who they were then, nor did I know who Ralph was, but I knew from the beginning of our conversation that they were true animal lovers.
I highly, highly recommend this book. I read it quickly for I didn't want to put it down. I am so happy that Ralph took the time to write this wonderful book. And Zamba, wherever you are, what an inspiration you were back when you were alive, and still are today!
Ralph Helfer revolutionized the training of animals a half a century ago. His "affection training" has become the norm, in spite of what certain money-hungry political action groups would have us believe. Having spent considerable time with both lions and tigers, I can say with confidence that what Helfer says in this book is correct: of course animals respond well to affection. I proved this myself with the wonderful experience of becoming good friends with a tiger that had been very afraid of people.
Zamba is another in a long line of animals that has become famous enough to help prove that there is no such thing as an inherently "wild" species of animal. How an animal behaves toward people depends largely on how well that individual animal has been raised and how well it knows people. This has been shown over and over: see also books titled "A Lion Called Christian" and "Little Tyke".
Just as early childhood development is so very important for people, the socialization of animals depends on the way the animal was raised. If they don't know people and don't know what to expect from people, then they are dangerous. Of course, uneducated people are dangerous to the animals as well. For example, no one should be allowed to approach a tiger without being taught how to say "hello" in tiger-ese. (It's really not that hard, and really very effective.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read the entire book in one day. I laughed, I cried and I was so glad Zamba found the human he did.Published 3 months ago by Natalie Sady
highly recommended. the writer wrote this book from his heart and the love he had for his lion, Zamba.
one of my favourite book for sure
I couldn't put this book down. If you are an animal lover, you will love this book and read it in record time.Published 5 months ago by Onyx girl
One of the best animal stories I have read. Took me through a range of emotions. Kept me enthralled from the first page. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Magnolia Wales
I loved this book, i got to know about a story that i knew nothing about and grew to love zamba and was amazed by his gentle soul. So glad he started the affection training.Published 6 months ago by sarah
I ENJOY HELFER'S STYLE OF WRITING. AND ONE CONTINUES TO GROW TO LOVE ZAMBA, THE LION. THROUGH- OUT THE BOOK. Read morePublished 8 months ago by HOLLY SANSONE
Excellent book about exotic animal behavior and personalities in captivity. Interesting and enlightening information about animals used for television, movies, commercials, etc. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Island Kathy