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Zamba (I) (1952–1970)

Zamba was an orphaned African lion cub owned by Ralph Helfer, an exotic animal trainer who owned a ranch called "Nature's Haven: Wild Animal Rentals Co," in Van Nuys, California that he opened in 1955. The cub was named after the Zambezi River in Zambia, where he was found, almost near death by two of Ralph's friends Jack and Brini who were on a ... See full bio »


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Known For

The Lion King / The Lion
Fluffy Fluffy the Lion
Napoleon and Samantha Major the Lion
Black Zoo Lion


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 1979 The Mike Douglas Show (TV Series)
Lion / Self
- Episode #18.67 (1979) ... Lion / Self
 1972 Napoleon and Samantha
Major the Lion
 1969 Adam-12 (TV Series)
- Log 142: As High as You Are (1969) ... Sandy (uncredited)
 1969 Sophie's Place
Lion (uncredited)
 1968 Tarzan and the Jungle Boy
Self a Lion (uncredited)
 1968 Cowboy in Africa (TV Series)
- The Lions (1968) ... Lion (uncredited)
 1967 The Wild Wild West (TV Series)
- The Night of the Circus of Death (1967) ... Lion (uncredited)
 1967 Lost in Space (TV Series)
The Lion
- The Haunted Lighthouse (1967) ... The Lion (uncredited)
 1966 Tarzan (TV Series)
Sultan / Seeing Eye Lion
- Eyes of the Lion (1966) ... Sultan / Seeing Eye Lion (uncredited)
 1966 Tarzan and the Valley of Gold
Lion (uncredited)
 1966 My Favorite Martian (TV Series)
The Lion
- Stop the Presses, I Want to Get Off (1966) ... The Lion (uncredited)
 1966 The Addams Family (TV Series)
- Cat Addams (1966) ... Kitty-Cat (uncredited)
 1966 Gilligan's Island (TV Series)
Felis Leo / Lion
- Feed the Kitty (1966) ... Felis Leo / Lion (uncredited)
 1965 I Dream of Jeannie (TV Series)
Simm / Lion
- The Americanization of Jeannie (1965) ... Simm / Lion (uncredited)
 1965 My Three Sons (TV Series)
Rodger / Lion
- There's a What in the Attic? (1965) ... Rodger / Lion
 1965 Zebra in the Kitchen
African Lion (uncredited)
 1965 Fluffy
Fluffy the Lion
 1964 The Beverly Hillbillies (TV Series)
- Clampett City General Store (1964) ... Lion (uncredited)
 1963 Black Zoo
 1962 Mister Ed (TV Series)
- Wilbur in the Lion's Den (1962) ... Lion (uncredited)
 1962 The Lion
King / The Lion
 1961 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
- The Jungle (1961) ... Lion (uncredited)
 1961 The Ladies Man
Baby / Lion (uncredited)
 1961 The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (TV Series)
- What's My Lion? (1961) ... Lion (uncredited)
 1960 13 Ghosts
Lion Ghost (uncredited)
 1960 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Lion (uncredited)
 1956 Around the World in 80 Days
Lion (uncredited)
 1956 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
- Lamb to Lion (1956) ... Lion (uncredited)
 1955 The Jack Benny Program (TV Series)
- Jack Takes the Beavers to the Fair (1955) ... Lion (uncredited)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

(mid-1960's) Zamba appeared on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, along with a tiger and several other large cats. See more »

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Developed a special relationship with Shirley Jones while filming the movie Fluffy (1965). See more »


His gentle disposition


The World's Greatest Lion

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