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Hugo Schmitt

Hugo Schmitt

Courtesy of Arcadia Publishing Famous tiger trainer Mabel Stark poses with one of her beastly friends in this late 1930s photo at Jungleland, the animal amusement park that occupied a long stretch of Thousand Oaks Boulevard until it closed in the 1970s. Stark, who was reportedly maimed 18 times, once requiring 378 stitches, loved working with big cats. 'It's a matchless thrill,' she once said, 'and life without it is not worthwhile to me.'

Courtesy of Arcadia Publishing Famous tiger trainer Mabel Stark poses with one of her beastly friends in this late 1930s photo at Jungleland, the animal amusement park that occupied a long stretch of Thousand Oaks Boulevard until it closed in the 1970s. Stark, who was reportedly maimed 18 times, once requiring 378 stitches, loved working with big cats. 'It's a matchless thrill,' she once said, 'and life without it is not worthwhile to me.'

Bert Pettus

Bert Pettus

Elephant Trainer Hugo Schmitt

Elephant Trainer Hugo Schmitt

Mae West and tiger trainer Mabel Stark

Mae West and tiger trainer Mabel Stark

Elephant performance.  I am against the exploitation of animals for entertainment...that being said, I don't see why we can't enjoy the entertainment they once provided in a less enlightened time in history.  Just as I don't buy fur unless it's vintage (1950 or older).

Elephant performance. I am against the exploitation of animals for entertainment...that being said, I don't see why we can't enjoy the entertainment they once provided in a less enlightened time in history. Just as I don't buy fur unless it's vintage (1950 or older).

They just do not have the same style today as they did back then... perhaps that is a good thing! :)

They just do not have the same style today as they did back then... perhaps that is a good thing! :)

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