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.'
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).