The BEST Episodes of Daktari
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Oct 25, 2021
Daktari (Swahili for "doctor") was a television series that aired on CBS from 1966 to 1969, featuring Marshall Thompson as Dr. Marsh Tracy, a veterinarian at the fictional Wameru Study Center for Animal Behavior in East Africa. The show followed the work of Dr. Tracy, his daughter Paula (Cheryl Miller), and his staff, who were frequently forced to protect animals from poachers and local officials. Tracy's pets, a cross-eyed lion named Clarence and chimpanzee Judy, were also popular characters. Daktari was based upon the 1965 film Clarence, the Cross-Eyed Lion, which also starred Thompson as Dr. Tracy.
#1 - The Hostages
Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Apr 19, 1966
Clarence the lion and Judy the chimp are kidnapped and held for ransom.
#2 - Trail of the Cheetah
Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 8, 1966
While Janet Lorne is visiting Wameru, an escaped murderer is reported in the vicinity.
#3 - Return Of The Killer, Part 1
Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 22, 1966
After escaping from prison, Roy Meadows, a wounded killer, heads for Wameru to receive medical aid.
#4 - Return Of The Killer, Part 2
Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Mar 29, 1966
Held at gunpoint, Paula must try to remove a bullet from escaped killer Roy Meadows.
#5 - Predator of Wameru
Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 18, 1966
Dr. Tracy sets out after a poacher, who has set dozens of animal traps all over the reserve.
#6 - Leopard of Mdala Gorge
Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 15, 1966
A professional hunter joins an archaeological expedition, with the job of killing all predatory animals near the camp.
#7 - Judy And The Hyena
Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Apr 26, 1966
Judy the chimp, who was once bitten by a hyena, gets nervous, scared and agitated when she sees Paul and Jack bring in an injured hyena pup. Dr. Tracy has a difficult time keeping Judy calm enough so he can treat the hyena.
#8 - The Elephant Thieves
Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 11, 1966
A baby elephant heads for Dr. Tracy's study center after a trapper kills its mother.
#9 - The Killer Lion
Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 25, 1966
A game guard's old pet lioness's increasing irritability culminates in an attack on a farmer.
#10 - Judy and the Astro Chimp
Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 5, 1967
Dr. Tracy faces a predicament when Judy the chimp trades places with another chimp who has been trained for the astronaut program, who has somehow made its way into the compound and gotten lost.
#11 - Adventure of the Lions Cubs
Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 1, 1966
Dr. Tracy and Jack Dane come across three lion cubs whose mother has been snared in a poacher's trap.
#12 - The Diamond Smugglers
Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Mar 1, 1966
Dr. Tracy pays a visit to two Frenchmen who say they are paleontologists, but who are actually diamond smugglers.
#13 - The Chimp Who Went Ape
Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Mar 8, 1966
Judy the chimp angers a family of wild chimpanzees when she brings an injured young chimp to the study center.
#14 - The Killer Dog
Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Mar 15, 1966
A foul-tempered farmer has trained his German Shepherd dog to attack any and all animals from the Wameru reserve. Paula and Jack Dane find the animal caught in a poacher's snare, rescue it, and take it back to Dr. Tracy to be treated and, more importantly, re-trained—a prospect that's not likely to sit well with the dog's owner.
#15 - The Maneater Of Wameru
Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Apr 5, 1966
A magazine photographer looking for a story lures a hostile tribe of poachers onto the Wameru reserve, thinking that she will get some dramatic pictures to go with the story.
#16 - Crisis At The Compound
Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Apr 12, 1966
Dr. Tracy treats an injured leopard and releases it into the wild, but a visiting trade commissioner who wants to hunt for big game sets his sights on the leopard for his trophy. Dr. Tracy sets out to derail his plans.
#17 - Wall Of Flames, Part 1
Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired May 3, 1966
Warned against hunting on the Wameru reserve, a hunter starts a fire to drive the animals out.
#18 - Wall Of Flames, Part 2
Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired May 10, 1966
Paula and Jack face the dangers of a brush fire started by an unscrupulous hunter.
#19 - Judy And The Gun-runners
Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired May 17, 1966
Dr. Tracy lends a helping hand to Dr. Akubar, a gunrunner posing as an archaeologist.
#20 - The Return of Clarence
Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 13, 1966
Clarence the lion, normally a gentle soul, starts acting oddly after receiving a blow to the head in a jeep accident, becoming edgy, hard to control and growling at everybody. Dr. Tracy suspects that the blow has given Clarence amnesia, a diagnosis seemingly confirmed when Clarence suddenly takes a nasty swipe at Paula.
#21 - Deadline to Kill
Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 20, 1966
A rancher releases cattle in a plan to entice lions and leopards to kill them, thus giving the rancher an excuse to drive Dr. Tracy from the area and claim the reserve's land. Dr. Tracy must round up the cattle before the big cats become livestock killers.
#22 - Daktari's Last Hunt
Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 27, 1966
A big-game hunter, angry at Dr. Tracy for closing off the Wameru reserve to hunting, stalks Dr. Tracy and Judy the chimp through the wild, trying to prove that Dr. Tracy will have to kill an animal to survive.
#23 - Judy's Hour of Peril
Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 4, 1966
Judy the chimp switches the vial used for her regular fever shot, causing Paula to accidentally inject her with a deadly virus. Judy then wanders off into the wild. Her human and animal friends race against time to find her and give her the necessary antidote before it's too late.
#24 - Cheetah at Large
Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 11, 1966
The Emir of Asambana's prize cheetah is sick, and may not be able to race in an important contest with a rival tribe. The Emir threatens to cut off the Wameru reserve from using the water on his property unless Dr. Tracy cures his cheetah in time for the race.
#25 - The Test
Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 18, 1966
Mike searches in the jungle for a tribal chief's son, who has fled into the bush in an attempt to prove to everyone that he's not a coward.