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Hagenbeck, Karl


Born June 10, 1844, in Hamburg; died there Apr. 14, 1913. Founder of one of the world’s biggest firms dealing with wild animals (in Hamburg).

In 1907, Hagenbeck founded a zoo in Stellingen near Hamburg, where animals were shown successfully for the first time in natural surroundings. To obtain animals he organized several expeditions, mainly to Africa and Central Asia. He organized ethnologic exhibits. In 1890, Hagenbeck also founded a circus, where he trained animals. He described his life and work in the book On Animals and Men (1908; Russian translation, 1957).

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Carl Hagenbeck was a German animal dealer and circus trainer.
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And--to add another speculation here--doesn't his last name also call up ironic memories of the German animal dealer and zoo-owner Carl Hagenbeck (1844-1913), known for acts that demonstrated the tractability of wild animals rather than their ferocity?