is the swahili word meaning doctor. Marsh Tracy, played by Marshall
Thompson, is a veterinarian who runs the Wameru Clinic in Africa.
Based on MGM's feature film, "Clarence the Cross-Eyed Lion"
Daktari follows the daily activities and adventures surrounding the
compound's work to save wild animals. He is assisted by his daughter
Paula (Cheryl Miller), and his assistants Jack (Yale Summers)
and Mike (Hari Rhodes). Always in the middle of the excitement is
the local Constable, Hedley played by Hedley Mattingly. In its last
season Ross Hagen joined the show as a white hunter who shed his guns
for a camera to lead wildlife safaris for Tracy. Erin Moran, who made
her television debut on this program, portrays an orphan Daktari adopts.
Family fairs all the way, the show is filled with the excitement only
Africa can produce. The humans provide the dialogue but it is Clarence
(who was really cross-eyed) and Judy the Chimpanzee who steal the
show every week as the family pets on the series. The shows storylines
focus on protecting wildlife through out the game preserve where Wameru
is located, primarily from poachers and other natural threats.
Daktari was a break through show for two reasons: It's stars were
the wildlife of Africa and it was the first show to provide a consistent
venue for Black actors and crew to showcase their talents.
Marshall Thompson - Dr. Marsh Tracy
Cheryl Miller - Paula Tracy
Hari Rhodes - Mike
Hedley Mattingly - Hedley Matingly
Ross Hagen - Bart Jason (1968-1969)
Erin Moran - Jenny Jones (1968-1969)
Yale Summers - Jack Dane (1966-1968)