Adventurer, zoologist, big cat trainer and all-around risk taker Dave Salmoni has been named host of ABC’s epic summer series, “Expedition Impossible,” which features ordinary people doing the extraordinary in the biggest adventure of their lives.
Featuring high adventure and human drama, “Expedition Impossible” will feature 13 teams of 3, racing on an expedition across vast deserts, over snow capped mountains and through raging rivers. Each week a new stage of the expedition will be revealed to the teams. Will they crumble under the pressure of having to think clearly in the wilds of the great outdoors, or will they find a way to work together to complete their adventures? After 10 stunning legs of competition, one team will cross the finish line first to claim victory.
Salmoni’s career began 10 years ago, when he embarked on a life changing adventure to Africa to train captive-bred Bengal tigers how to hunt and survive in the wild. To achieve this, he lived in a tent in the African bush for five years as he combined his trainer and zoology techniques. This process was documented and became Discovery Channel’s “Living with Tigers.”
He has been to some of the most dangerous places on Earth for “World’s Deadliest Towns.” He was accepted into a wild pride of African Lions in “Into the Lion’s Den,” then followed that feat by living in a tent in the Namibian bush in order to save a pride of problem lions in “Into the Pride.” He has traveled the world and experienced forgotten cultures on productions such as “Rogue Nature” and various Shark Week programs.
Salmoni was named one of Cosmopolitan magazine’s Fun and Fearless Males (2008) and was included as one of People‘s sexiest bachelors (2009).
Mark Burnett and Lisa Hennessy serve as executive producers. Both the television show and format will be distributed internationally by Mark Burnett International Distribution.