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Ralph Helfer

Ralph Helfer was born in Chicago, Illinois and even as child he knew he wanted to live in Africa, work with exotic animals and have an African Lion for a friend. When Ralph came to California the Hollywood animal trainers of that time used fear and intimidation to control their animals. Because of their cruel treatment Ralph got seriously injured ... See full bio »
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 1978-1986 The Love Boat (TV Series) (animal supervisor - 2 episodes)
- Second Banana/The Prodigy/What Goes Around (1986) ... (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
- Isaac's Double Standard/One More Time/Chimpanzeeshines (1978) ... (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
 1984 Cannonball Run II (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
 1982-1983 CHiPs (TV Series) (animal supervisor - 2 episodes)
- Country Action (1983) ... (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
- Tiger in the Streets (1982) ... (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
 1983 Mr. Smith (TV Series) (animal supervisor - 13 episodes)
- Mr. Smith Goes to Court (1983) ... (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
- Mr. Smith Goes Public (1983) ... (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
- Mr. Smith Makes a Commercial (1983) ... (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
- Mr. Smith Plays Cyrano (1983) ... (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
- Mr. Smith Loses a Friend (1983) ... (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
 1982 The Beastmaster (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
 1982 Annie (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
 1981 Quest for Fire (animal consultant: Canada)
 1981 Tarzan, the Ape Man (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
 1981 Savage Harvest (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
 1978-1980 Fantasy Island (TV Series) (animal supervisor - 6 episodes)
- Crescendo/Three Feathers (1980) ... (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
- Skater's Edge/Concerto of Death/The Last Great Race (1980) ... (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
- The Wedding (1979) ... (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
- Cornelius and Alphonse/The Choice (1979) ... (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
- Let the Goodtimes Roll/Nightmare/The Tiger (1978) ... (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
 1980 Any Which Way You Can (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
 1980 Smokey and the Bandit II (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
 1978 Quincy M.E. (TV Series) (animal supervisor - 1 episode)
- The Last Six Hours (1978) ... (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
 1978 The Beasts Are on the Streets (TV Movie) (technical advisor)
 1977 Space Academy (TV Series) (animal supervisor - 1 episode)
- Monkey Business (1977) ... (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
 1976 Ark II (TV Series) (animal supervisor - 15 episodes)
- Orkus (1976) ... (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
- Don Quixote (1976) ... (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
- The Balloon (1976) ... (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
- The Mind Group (1976) ... (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
- The Lottery (1976) ... (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
 1976 Sanford and Son (TV Series) (animal supervisor - 1 episode)
- Greatest Show in Watts (1976) ... (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
 1974-1976 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series) (animal supervisor - 2 episodes)
- Twister, Bull from the Sky (1976) ... (animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A. - uncredited)
- Runaway on the Rogue River (1974) ... (animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A. - uncredited)
 1975 Escape to Witch Mountain (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
 1974 Emergency! (TV Series) (animal supervisor - 1 episode)
- The Bash (1974) ... (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
 1973 The World's Greatest Athlete (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
 1973 Gunsmoke (TV Series) (animal supervisor - 1 episode)
- Arizona Midnight (1973) ... (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
 1972 Rod Serling's Night Gallery (TV Series) (animal supervisor - 1 episode)
- She'll Be Company for You (1972) ... (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
 1972 The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
 1972 Napoleon and Samantha (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
 1972 Me and the Chimp (TV Series) (animal supervisor - 13 episodes)
- Liz's Allergy (1972) ... (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
- Hoop-Lah (1972) ... (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
- Mike's Night-In (1972) ... (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
- The Ghost Town (1972) ... (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
- The Paint Job (1972) ... (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
 1964-1970 The Beverly Hillbillies (TV Series) (animal supervisor - 9 episodes)
- The Great Revelation (1970) ... (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
- Problem Bear (1969) ... (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
- Drysdale and Friend (1969) ... (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
- Christmas in Hooterville (1968) ... (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
- Cimarron Drip (1967) ... (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
 1970 The Boy Who Stole the Elephant (TV Movie) (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
 1967-1969 Gentle Ben (TV Series) (animal supervisor - 56 episodes)
- Busman's Holiday (1969) ... (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
- The Bully (1969) ... (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
- The Prey (1969) ... (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
- Elephant on the Lam (1969) ... (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
- Boom's Land Boomerang (1969) ... (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
 1966-1969 Bewitched (TV Series) (animal supervisor - 4 episodes)
- Going Ape (1969) ... (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
- Cousin Serena Strikes Again: Part 2 (1969) ... (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
- Cousin Serena Strikes Again: Part 1 (1969) ... (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
- A Gazebo Never Forgets (1966) ... (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
 1966-1969 Daktari (TV Series) (animal supervisor - 89 episodes)
- Judy Comes Home (1969) ... (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven)
- A Tiger's Tale (1969) ... (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven)
- Jungle Heartbeat (1969) ... (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven)
- The Discovery (1968) ... (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven)
- The Divining Rods (1968) ... (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven)
 1968 Tarzan and the Jungle Boy (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
 1967-1968 Cowboy in Africa (TV Series) (animal supervisor - 26 episodes)
- The Kasubi Death (1968) ... (animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A.)
- The Lions (1968) ... (animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A.)
- John Henry's Eden (1968) ... (animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A.)
- Work of Art (1968) ... (animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A.)
- Search and Destroy (1968) ... (animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A.)
 1966-1968 Tarzan (TV Series) (animal supervisor - 89 episodes)
- Alex the Great (1968) ... (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
- Trina (1968) ... (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
- Rendezvous for Revenge (1968) ... (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
- The Four O'Clock Army: Part 2 (1968) ... (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
- The Four O'Clock Army: Part 1 (1968) ... (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
 1968 Hogan's Heroes (TV Series) (animal supervisor - 2 episodes)
- Monkey Business (1968) ... (animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A. - uncredited) / (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
 1968 Gomer Pyle: USMC (TV Series) (animal supervisor - 2 episodes)
- Goodbye, Dolly (1968) ... (animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A. - uncredited) / (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
 1967-1968 Maya (TV Series) (animal supervisor - 36 episodes)
- The Legend of Whitney Markham (1968) ... (animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A. - uncredited) / (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
- The Witness (1968) ... (animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A. - uncredited) / (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
- The Ranson of Raji (1968) ... (animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A. - uncredited) / (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
- The Treasure Temple (1968) ... (animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A. - uncredited) / (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
- The Son of Gammu Ghat (1968) ... (animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A. - uncredited) / (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
 1967 Gentle Giant (animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A.)
 1965-1967 Lost in Space (TV Series) (animal supervisor - 10 episodes)
- The Haunted Lighthouse (1967) ... (animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A. - uncredited) / (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
- The Galaxy Gift (1967) ... (animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A. - uncredited) / (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
- The Magic Mirror (1966) ... (animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A. - uncredited) / (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
- Return from Outer Space (1965) ... (animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A. - uncredited) / (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
- Attack of the Monster Plants (1965) ... (animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A. - uncredited) / (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
 1965-1967 I Dream of Jeannie (TV Series) (animal supervisor - 7 episodes)
- Fly Me to the Moon (1967) ... (animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A. - uncredited) / (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
- Permanent House Guest (1966) ... (animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A. - uncredited) / (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
- The Americanization of Jeannie (1965) ... (animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A.)
- Guess What Happened on the Way to the Moon? (1965) ... (animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A. - uncredited) / (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
 1967 Good Times (animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A. - uncredited) / (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
 1967 The Wild Wild West (TV Series) (animal supervisor - 2 episodes)
- The Night of the Gypsy Peril (1967) ... (animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A. - uncredited) / (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
 1966 Star Trek (TV Series) (animal supervisor - 2 episodes)
- Shore Leave (1966) ... (animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A. - uncredited) / (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
 1966 The Monkees (TV Series) (animal supervisor - 2 episodes)
- Don't Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth (1966) ... (animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A. - uncredited) / (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
 1966 Tarzan and the Valley of Gold (animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A. - uncredited) / (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
 1966 Maya (animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A. - uncredited) / (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
 1966 Green Acres (TV Series) (animal supervisor - 2 episodes)
- Horse? What Horse? (1966) ... (animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A. - uncredited) / (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
 1966 My Favorite Martian (TV Series) (animal supervisor - 2 episodes)
- Stop the Presses, I Want to Get Off (1966) ... (animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A. - uncredited) / (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
 1965-1966 Honey West (TV Series) (animal supervisor - 60 episodes)
- An Eerie, Airy, Thing (1966) ... (animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A. - uncredited) / (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
- There's a Long, Long, Fuse A'Burning (1966) ... (animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A. - uncredited) / (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
- Just the Bear Facts, Ma'am (1966) ... (animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A. - uncredited) / (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
- Little Green Robin Hood (1966) ... (animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A. - uncredited) / (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
- Pop Goes the Easel (1966) ... (animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A. - uncredited) / (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
 1966 The Addams Family (TV Series) (animal supervisor - 1 episode)
- Cat Addams (1966) ... (animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A. - uncredited)
 1966 Gilligan's Island (TV Series) (animal supervisor - 1 episode)
- Feed the Kitty (1966) ... (animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A. - uncredited)
 1965 Clarence, the Cross-Eyed Lion (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
 1965 Fluffy (owner and trainer: Zamba - uncredited)
 1965 Zebra in the Kitchen (animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A. - uncredited) / (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
 1965 Flipper (TV Series) (animal supervisor - 6 episodes)
- Flipper and the Elephant: Part 3 (1965) ... (animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A. - uncredited) / (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
- Flipper and the Elephant: Part 2 (1965) ... (animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A. - uncredited) / (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
- Flipper and the Elephant: Part 1 (1965) ... (animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A. - uncredited) / (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
 1965 The Munsters (TV Series) (animal supervisor - 1 episode)
- Come Back, Little Googie (1965) ... (animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A. - uncredited)
 1960-1964 Bonanza (TV Series) (animal supervisor - 3 episodes)
- Old Sheba (1964) ... (animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A. - uncredited) / (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
- El Toro Grande (1960) ... (animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A. - uncredited)
 1963-1964 The Greatest Show on Earth (TV Series) (animal supervisor - 30 episodes)
- You're All Right, Ivy (1964) ... (animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A. - uncredited)
- There Are No Problems, Only Opportunities (1964) ... (animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A. - uncredited)
- This Train Don't Stop Till It Gets There (1964) ... (animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A. - uncredited)
- Love the Giver (1964) ... (animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A. - uncredited)
- The Glorious Days of the Used to Be (1964) ... (animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A. - uncredited)
 1964 A Tiger Walks (animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A. - uncredited) / (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
 1963 Black Zoo (animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A.)
 1962 Mister Ed (TV Series) (animal supervisor - 2 episodes)
- Wilbur and Ed in Show Biz (1962) ... (animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A. - uncredited) / (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
 1962 The Lion (animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A. - uncredited)
 1962 Tarzan Goes to India (animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A. - uncredited) / (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
 1961 The Phantom (TV Movie) (animal trainer: wild animals)
 1960-1961 Twilight Zone (TV Series) (animal supervisor - 2 episodes)
- The Jungle (1961) ... (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
- A World of His Own (1960) ... (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
  Frontier Circus (TV Series) (animal trainer - 2 episodes, 1961) (animal supervisor - 1 episode, 1961)
- Journey from Hannibal (1961) ... (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
- The Smallest Target (1961) ... (animal trainer - uncredited)
- Depths of Fear (1961) ... (animal trainer - uncredited)
 1961 The Ladies Man (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
 1961 The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (TV Series) (animal supervisor - 1 episode)
- What's My Lion? (1961) ... (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven)
 1960 Swiss Family Robinson (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
 1960 Lassie (TV Series) (animal supervisor - 1 episode)
- The Elephant (1960) ... (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
 1960 Toby Tyler, or Ten Weeks with a Circus (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
 1959 Journey to the Center of the Earth (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
 1957 The Cyclops (snake fight supervisor - as Ralph D. Helfer)
 1956 Forbidden Planet (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
 1955 The Rains of Ranchipur (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
 1955 King Dinosaur (animal supervisor)
 1954 Serpent Island (animal handler)
 1952 The Cisco Kid (TV Series) (animal supervisor - 1 episode)
- Pancho and the Pachyderm (1952) ... (animal supervisor: Nature's Haven - uncredited)
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Alternate Names:

Ralph Halfer | Ralph D. Helfer

Height:

6' 2" (1.88 m)
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Creator of Marine World/ Africa in California; this later became Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. See more »

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Aries

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