When You Fight the Tiger

When You Fight the Tiger Text and photographs introduce the work done at a California ranch Gentle Jungle in raising and training wild animals for movie and television work focusing on sixteen year old Tana Helfer daughte

  • Title: When You Fight the Tiger
  • Author: Joan Hewett Richard Hewett
  • ISBN: 9780316359566
  • Page: 392
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Text and photographs introduce the work done at a California ranch, Gentle Jungle, in raising and training wild animals for movie and television work, focusing on sixteen year old Tana Helfer, daughter of the owners, who has worked with the animals all her life.

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    1. 1984’s When You Fight the Tiger profiles the day-to-day life of 16 year old Tana Helfer, daughter of famed exotic animal trainers, as she works and plays on the family’s animal compound, Gentle Jungle. The company raises and trains animals for work on the sets of movies, TV, and commercials. The title of the book refers to young Tana’s greatest dream—to wrestle a tiger who has been trained to “attack” on cue. Tana begins her day in the elephant barn. The author writes:The four elepha [...]

    2. Written about the daughter of Ralph and Toni Helfer, this children's book tells of Tana's goal of learning to "fight" a tiger as she grows up in her parents' movie animal business. Having read her mother's book years before, I was ecstatic to find further tales from the Gentle Jungle.

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