Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Carl Hagenbeck - Animal Importer

The vast array of animals that were imported by Carl Hagenbeck's operation probably surpassed all others. In addition to his Hagenbeck Zoo in Germany, which was the focal point of the import business, he also had his Carl Hagenbeck Wild Animal Show at the Louisiana Purchase Gardens in St. Louis under the direction of his son Lorenz that included 15 elephants. This complete show would be bought by Ben Wallace in the winter of 1906 / 1907 which created the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus.

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