By Blaine Zuckerman
November 16, 2009 12:00 PM

SEXIEST MAN ALIVE ISSUE ON SALE NOV. 20

AGE 33

HOMETOWN Sarnia, Ont.

ROMANTIC STATUS Dating actress Bonnie Somerville, 35

CATCH HIM Hosting Animal Planet’s Into the Pride

ANIMAL BEHAVIOR “I study lions all day; I know what they’re gonna do before they do it,” says Salmoni, who lived with a pride in Africa for six months. “I don’t understand women as well.”

A JUNGLE OUT THERE “There’s no such thing as a tamed tiger or tamed lion,” says the animal trainer, who nearly lost an entire forearm to a lion. “You can never take the wild out of a wild animal, and women are that times 10.”

FIGHT CLUB Salmoni’s 6’3″ hard body helps protect him from animal attacks. “A lion’s never gonna say, ‘Oh, you’re done? You rest.'”

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