Zamba: The True Story of the Greatest Lion That Ever Lived
By Ralph Helfer
One day, Ralph Helfer, a celebrated animal behaviorist, received surprising phone cal. His close friends had found a young lion near death by the Zambezi River in Zambia and rescued him and brought him back to the States. Ralph had often spoken of wanting to a raise a lion from a young age-he had been developing a philosophy of training animals based on love instead of fear, which he termed "affection training." Weeks late, 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 collapse on his chest, got comfortable, and fell asleep, their faces touching. They didn't move for the next two hours, Zamba was home.
For the next eighteen years, Zamba would appear in many motion pictures, on television, and not in the pages of any magazines. Zamba will give any Lion King fan a new hero and touch every animal lover's heart.