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by R. Helfer

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ISBN:
1417773510
Author:
R. Helfer
Category:
Biological Sciences
Language:
English
Publisher:
Turtleback Books: A Division of Sanval (July 2006)
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Rating:
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This is a story about a friendship between a Lion and a Man. It is well written, but if you read it in hope of learning .

This is a story about a friendship between a Lion and a Man. It is well written, but if you read it in hope of learning about the training methods that Ralph Helfer you will be dissapointed. The book oozes of Ralph Helfer's love for Zamba, for what he tries to do for and with the animals, perhaps sometimes even for him self. Ralph Helfer proved during his time and life with Zamba, "the greatest lion that ever lived", that just as it should be between humans, living and working with exotic animals is all about relationships, mutual respect, and love. This wonderful book is certainly one I will never forget and will read again and again.

Legendary Hollywood animal trainer and behaviorist Helfer captures an incredible story of love between man and lion that displays all the qualities that made his previous book, Modoc: The True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived, so moving. Here Helfer is involved with the subject, which adds emotional depth to a lifelong adventure. Starting with his somewhat brutal childhood on Chicago's South Side, the author deftly develops his story of the spiritual harmony he finds in nature and the violence he sees in the film industry's use of animals.

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Zamba The True Story of the Greatest Lion That Ever Lived Ralph Helfer Dedicated to Mom, Dad, and my sister Sally Ann Contents . Also by Ralph Helfer.

Zamba The True Story of the Greatest Lion That Ever Lived Ralph Helfer Dedicated to Mom, Dad, and my sister Sally Ann Contents Preface 1 I have spent my life. The writing of Zamba has been both an emotional and a rewarding experience. It allowed me to relive eighteen years of my life with a true and loyal friend. Living with an African lion, bringing him into my world and teaching him to be patient and understanding with us humans, was an in-depth study of the potential of human-animal relationships.

When Ralph Helfer, now one of Hollywood's top animal behaviorists, first began working, he was .

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 creatures. 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. 39 people like this topic.

Weeks later, Zamba, then a two-month-old cub, arrived. As Helfer peeked into Zamba's box, he saw a small lion cub tilt his head, wait a single beat, then amble right into his arms. Hugging Helfer's neck with his soft paws, Zamba collapsed on his chest, got comfortable, and fell asleep, their faces touching. They didn't move for the next two hours. For the next eighteen years, Zamba would appear in many motion pictures, on television, and in the pages of magazines.

The true story of Ralph Helfer who worked as a stuntman for a Hollywood studio and quickly learned the importance .

The true story of Ralph Helfer who worked as a stuntman for a Hollywood studio and quickly learned the importance of positive reinforcement in animal training after almost losing his life. When Ralph invited a young lion cub into his house and his life, he was determined to use training based on love, trust and respect and not fear. This is the story of his special bond and connection with Zamba, a lion who was used in several TV commercials. LadyBlossom, December 18, 2007.

The story of Modoc is true. When writers attempt to write a story based on the truth, they must first take all that they themselves have seen and know it to be a fact. And, finally, there is hearsay -that which people tell you is factual. The barn’s rock supports had tumbled down at every corner, resembling small volcanoes with boulders spewed in all directions.

Then Zamba came into his life - an adorable four-month-old lion cub that went on to prove Helfer's theories resoundingly correct

Then Zamba came into his life - an adorable four-month-old lion cub that went on to prove Helfer's theories resoundingly correct

  • Vutaur
When I started this book I didn't think I would like it because Mr. Helfer spins a tale about how his lion Zamba came to be an orphan in Africa. It's a back story Mr. Helfer couldn't possibly know. The cub in question came running out of the bush and into the legs of a female visitor who happened to be a friend of Mr. Helfer who worked with animals back in America. He had always wanted a lion so his friend brought him the trusting, obviously orphaned cub who had bumped her knees in flight and then apparently crawled into her arms for safety. By the end of the book (actually - shortly after I began it) I gave the author credit for probably having theorized how the cub had become separated from its family, based on the author's own knowledge of how these things come to be. I no longer cared how the book began -- I had thoroughly fallen in love with the lion and the relationship he had with Ralph Helfer by then. It's a charming book with stories that range from humorous to insightful. One of the most interesting things about this book to me is that it really seems authentic that he and this huge African lion truly were solid friends, regardless of everything we have been taught about people not being able to take the prey drive or wildness out of the undomesticated predator. I'm convinced Zamba was an unusual animal, a very special spirit in the beautiful body of a lion. I found the mentions of Samba's stares over the head of certain people (the witch doctor type, the blind girl who only wanted to 'see' him) to be very meaningful. All in all this was one of those books you can't put down if you love animals, lions in particular. You simply don't want it to end so you can spend more time with this magnificent creature. How lucky Ralph Helfer was.
  • Arthunter
This is a story about a friendship between a Lion and a Man.
It is well written, but if you read it in hope of learning about the training methods that Ralph Helfer you will be dissapointed. The book oozes of Ralph Helfer's love for Zamba, for what he tries to do for and with the animals, perhaps sometimes even for him self.
I have left me with a feeling of being touched in my soul by Zamba. Because even though it is mostly described out of what Ralph Helfer thinks, you (I think) will feel the empathy and compassion Zamba show his world. Perhaps you will appreciate your own animals even more and what they are cable of doing after you read this book and you should read it.
So why did I not give this book 5 stars?
Because it left me with some questions I think it should have been answered. I wanted to know more about how he trained Zamba? In the kindle version there is no pictures, why? I also wanted to know about the animals cages, how big were they? What did the trainers do enrich the animals day? Why did he not start a short prologue explaining how the affection training is done?
  • Manazar
Excellent book about exotic animal behavior and personalities in captivity. Interesting and enlightening information about animals used for television, movies, commercials, etc. It does matter how an animal is trained and treated when raised from birth. Those treated compassionately, without the use of fear to control them, can turn into loyal, loving companions, eager to please their owners. Those who suffer from cruel and abusive control tactics are fearful, angry, and may become very unpredictable in certain circumstances. Many animals are much smarter than we realize, and will respond quite favorably to kindness, rather than cruelty and fear-based training. Ralph Helfer proved during his time and life with Zamba, "the greatest lion that ever lived", that just as it should be between humans, living and working with exotic animals is all about relationships, mutual respect, and love. This wonderful book is certainly one I will never forget and will read again and again. Highly recommend!
  • Umi
I read this aloud to my husband and our almost-7yo daughter and we all loved it! We all were weeping by the end. It is a real page-turner, very difficult to read only one chapter a night! :)

Zamba himself was an amazingly gentle lion all his life. It's stunning to realize that humans and animals could have such a strong connection -- truly communicating without words.

The adventures in this book are truly jaw-dropping at every turn of the page! So many times, you want to hold your breath, wondering how things will turn out -- you almost have to keep reminding yourself that things must come out OK because there's still so much book left!

FOR KIDS?? One caveat is that there are some sparse violent scenes that are not really appropriate for children (unless they're used to violent movies -- our daughter was not, so I skipped them as best as I could.) The first chapter will give you a sense of the level of violence that very rarely, but does show up in the book. Note that there's an abridged picture book by the same author more appropriate for kids. For adults, the rare violence is well worth the price for the joy and love and triumph throughout the book!

From a writer's perspective, he is a little unpolished. The timeline of the book is disjointed and hard to follow. Also, he will tell you ahead of time something you need to know for the next paragraph -- almost like telling you the punchline before the joke. (I think he did a much better job with Modoc. He also got better as the book went on.) Just a nit-picky geeky writer thing -- your average reader will likely not care. Certainly the subject matter makes up a thousand times for unpolished writing.

A note: I'm glad I read Modoc first, because she makes a cameo in Zamba, and I was literally balling my eyes out, knowing what that amazing elephant had been through by that time, and what a hero she continued to be. My husband and daughter had no clue and it didn't have the same impact. Also, Zamba is, I think, a deeper, more philosophical book, whereas Modoc was more an adventure story (the philosophy was there, but more in the background.) (I haven't read Beaty and the Beasts, or other similar books by members of his close family yet, but they are next!) In that sense, Zamba is a greater and deeper book than Modoc.

I'm already buying a number of copies for friends!! Certainly I would recommend it!! One of my all-time favorite books!