Tuesday, March 11, 2008

It's Educational. Really.

I am an animal lover, and I watch a lot of Animal Planet. Which has some new shows featuring male hosts that are knowledgeable, humane animal lovers, and also pretty hot.

There is a new show called "After the Attack". Despite it's grisly name, it really is a good show. The host, Dave Salmoni, is a strapping zoologist who specializes in large animals. He is also a humane accredited provider of trained animals. What I like about the show is that he really does delve into and explain the instincts and circumstances behind animal attacks on humans. For example, an 11 year old girl in Anchorage, Alaska was walking in the woods behind her house. A female moose charged her, knocked her down and trampled her, then ran off. The girl suffered a fractured skull, broken collarbone, and her ear was almost torn off her head. Her father said that female moose had been coming into those woods to give birth to their calves for years. It was likely that the girl stumbled upon a mother and baby, and the mother was protecting her calf. At first I was skeptical, wondering if Salmoni was a pretty face who had no idea what he was actually talking about, but the more I see of him, the more I respect his knowledge of animals, and the way he explains their instincts, dispelling the idea that animals attack because they are just "bad" or vicious. His special "Living With Tigers" was great - he and another zoologist release two young tigers into a wildlife refuge in Africa after teaching them to hunt.

The new show "Escape to Chimp Eden" is bittersweet, but uplifting. Handsome Eugene Cussons is the South African rescue director at the Jane Goodall Institute's Chimpanzee Eden. As one would expect from a facility associated with Jane Goodall, humane methods are used, and the chimps are treated with kindess and respect. It's truly heartwarming to see chimps enjoying the freedom, food, and company of other chimps after living in cages in deplorable conditions.

Check them out. The shows are great for any animal lover, and the hosts are a bonus.


Andy said...

Not to nit-pick, but the other guy in Living with Tigers is not a zoologist - just a wildlife filmmaker. Anyway, I am so happy that you guys in the US have After the Attack - only another millenia and then me over here in Aussie gets it too!
Dave is brilliant, isn't he?

Good for you on writing a blog all about such a wonderful man!

Good luck for the future,

GottabeMe said...

Odd, Animal Planet's site says Dave Salmoni is a zoologist: http://animalplanettalent.com/experts/salmoni-dave/ and in "Living with Tigers" he talked about working at a zoo with tigers.