Circus Amar in France


Circus Amar
The Circus Amar elephants with Joseph Haak 1935.
The Circus Amar elephants with Joseph Haak 1935.

Typecircus
Founded1924
First elephant arrived1924
Last elephant left2018
Closed down2018
CountryFrance
Websitehttp://cirqueamar.free.fr/

Head keepers
of elephants
Josef Hack
Relevant literature
Description

Circus Amar, France, was founded in 1924 and the first elephant arrived in 1924. The last elephant left in 2018. Circus Amar closed down in 2018.

Living elephants

At Circus Amar lives 2 elephants with records in this database: (detail list)

  1. Bambi born 1985
  2. ,
  3. Rosa born 1983
  4. ,


Comments / pictures

1934: Circus Amar bought 16 of the Kludsky elephants from Firma Ruhe, four bulls (Piccolo, Borneo, Charly, +1) and 12 cows. They were fetched at Kludskys by the elephant trainer Josef Hack, who brought them 1934-02-22 to Amar and showed them in the ring.


Thanks to Mr Adrian who gave me informations from Gustave Soury who always took notes of the animals in the circus and zoo he attended, I have got the complete list of the herd bought by Amar. The bulls were: Charley, Piccolo, Bosco and Borneo. The cows: Sumatra, Baby, Poutchy, Burma I et II , Ceylon, Java, Vebus, Diana, Bombay, Mouly and X? (X = Mary?)
Christian Hamel, France, 2010

1937: Haak also starred in the film Scipio Africanus: The Defeat of Hannibal with the Amar elephants.
1938-1939: In the winter 1938/1939, 8 of the Amars elephants where on tour with Circus Strassburger in Sweden, under Josef Hack. Mary gave birth to another calf from Piccolo during this winter (Christian Hamel)
1939: In 1939 Circus Strassburger was traveling through The Netherlands and was performing in Amsterdam in November of that year. An exhibtion building was used as shelter for the animals and on November 22, Birma gave birth to Gina. (Gerald Postma)


1940: When war broke out in 1940, the Amar circus fled the combat zones and took refuge in the depot in Blois (Loir-et-Cher) on the banks of the Loire.In 1941 a picture was taken when one of the elephants, claimed to be the bull Piccolo, were pulling a plough on a field.
2018: Circus Amar stopped touring with the circus


References for records about Circus Amar

Recommended Citation

Koehl, Dan (2021). Circus Amar, Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at https://www.elephant.se/location2.php?location_id=320. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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