Bodidasa Vidane

From the list of elephant persons Family: Puncha

Bodidasa Vidane
Bodidasa  Puncha
Banda Vidane and son Bodidasa. First elephant Layla. 1993.
Personal details
Country Germany

Work locations
Title assistant elephant trainer 1971-1981
Location at American Circus in Italy

Biography details

Bodidasa Suwaneris Puncha , circus elephant trainer in Germany

Born 1958 in Germany , son of elephant trainer Banda Vidane and animal trainer Dagmar Puncha .

1971 his father Banda Vidane began training 25 elephants at Circo Americano with Bodidasa as his apprentice. There, father and son worked in two groups, with Bodidasa staying with a Group of 12 elephants in Italy, while Banda worked away from home, mostly at Circus Scott in Sweden or Circus Bouglione in France. Later, Bodidasa assisted his father with the elephants on Circus Krone in Germany.

Bodidasa VidaneFamily Puncha with elephant Leila at Circus Krone.

Bodidasa Vidane s ancestral Ahnentafel:


Bodidasa Vidane
Born: 1958

Premadasa Puncha

Born: 1937

Paternal Grandfather:
Allewathegomme Pallegiddere Puncha

Born: 1890
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Paternal Grandmother:
Elisabeth Puncha

Born: ?
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Dagmar Puncha


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Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2023). elephant trainer Bodidasa Suwaneris Puncha in Italy. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 9 December 2023 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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