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Jungle to stage

by Jack Badal

  Print book : Biography

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Story of World's Greatest Trained Gorilla   (2009-10-24)


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by Terry_Syndergaard

This is Jack Badal's story of how he raised and trained Ramar from a young gorilla in his back yard to become an eager performer at Knott's Berry Farm, the San Diego Zoo, on television shows and commercials. Filled with photos of Ramar, it includes fascinating stories and photos of explorers and trainers Jack knew, worked with or admired. I found it very interesting, entertaining, and touching. All his loving training, trials and tribulations went on not a mile from where I lived, although I didn't know Jack at the time. Too bad Animal Rights activists painted all trainers with a broad bad brush. Jack was one of the very good ones. He clearly loved Ramar and trained him that way, too.  

All the photos in the book show Ramar being interested, active and by all accounts enjoying his life and performances. I would love to see those two reunited, Jack still misses him, still has me fixing old photos for him. 

I noticed the publisher listed in Tustin, CA, but that is an address for the first person who started his typesetting and has no interest in the actual book anymore. I reworked it extensively, redesigned, enlarged photos for maximum impact and much more was added. Jack self-published and is the sole source for this unique book. You can contact him at his home in Fullerton, CA. (714) 879-8701

You may also Google Jack Badal Ramar to go to the OC Register news article.

Disclaimer: I designed, edited, and digitally enhanced archive photos for the book. I receive nothing for promoting Jack's book - I just like the guy.

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