Lulu Gautier

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Lulu Gautier
Louis  Gautier

Personal details
Country United States

Title animal trainer 1947
Location at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in United States

Title assistant elephant trainer 1947
Location at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in United States

Title assistant elephant trainer 1944-1947
Location at Zoo Circus in Sweden

Title assistant elephant trainer-1944
Location at Circus Carl Hagenbeck-Stellingen in Germany

Biography details

Louis Gautier , circus animal trainer in United States

Born 1887-08-29 in Denmark dead 1949-01-04 in United States , son of animal trainer Jean-Baptiste Gautier and artist Marie Monseiller .

Lulu Gautier

The Circus Carl Hagenbeck-Stellingen arrived to the Montevideo port, Uruguay, in the ship Paraguay the 4 December of 1936, proceeding of Hamburg, Germany. During the trip a storm take the ship and several vehicles was damaged. The circus début was the 11 December in the Rodo Park, Montevideo city, after they comes to Buenos Aires, Argentina, realizing an important tour along the country in 1937. The circus owner was Lorenz Hagenbeck, youngest son of Carl. Some names: Rudolph Mathies and his tigers, Walter Kaden´s elephants, Erich Hagenbeck with seven seals, The Zemmganos, Lulu Gautier, and more.
Cesar Ortega

Lulu Gautier went as Hugo Schmitts assistant to Ringling Brothers Barnum and Baileys Circus in 1947, when John Ringling bought the elephants from Hagenbecks Circus, bringing his wife Edith and their son son Axel Gautier (1942-1993), with him. Axel Gautier remained with the Ringling show to replace Hugo Schmitt in 1970, and was in charge of the Blue Unit's elephant Herd through 1989.

Records about Lulu Gautier from William "Buckles" Woodcocks Blog at
Lulu Gautier
Louis “Lulu” Gautier and Edith Gautier, presumably his wife, came to RBBB for its 1947 edition. Both are listed in the route book for that year. I do not know if Axel had been born at that time.

Louis Gautier presented his horses in an end ring in Display 15. In the center was Czeslan Mroczkowski (pronounced “March-kowski”) with his wife Gena in the other end ring. She performed under the name “Mrs Gena Lipkowska.”

All of these were “First Time in America” performers. Johnny North had gone to Europe and really loaded up the 1947 show with new foreign performers. They were all from countries besides Germany because the visa authorities were trying to sort out who had been a Nazi and who had not. That was a real problem for a number of years after the War.

Even Lorenz Hagenbeck was initially prevented from coming to America. He got the Ringling show to intercede on his behalf through renowned Washington attorney (and CFA honcho) Mel Hildreth. He had a lot of influence and the show regularly used him.

Of course, Rudolph Matthies and Hugo Schmitt were both Germans and veteran Hagenbeck animal men. That notwithstanding, they got into the USA for RBBB’s 1947 edition. Seemingly, they did so because they came out of Sweden, not Germany. The Gautiers were with them.

All of them had been performing with the Hagenbeck circus (Lulu Gautier had horses and zebras). Late in 1944 Lorenz Hagenbeck sent them out of Germany to Sweden for Trolle Rhodin and his family circus. Lorenz wanted to get them away from the destruction and devastation looming over Germany.
Richard Reynolds, Buckles blog, 13 February, 2009.

William "Buckles" Woodcock

Records about Lulu Gautier from William "Buckles" Woodcocks Blog at
Louis Gautier, a well known horse trainer, was murdered while the Ringling Show was playing the Havana winter date but I don't know the year.
William "Buckles" Woodcock


Total: 2 children

  1. Ingeborg Rhodin. Born: 1929-02-11. Dead: † 2015-11-19
  2. Axel Gautier. Born: 1942-01-11. Dead: † 1993-05-05

Lulu Gautier s ancestral Ahnentafel:


Lulu Gautier
Born: 1887-08-29

Jean-Baptiste Gautier

Born: 1841-11-24

Paternal Grandfather:
Jean Gautier

Born: 1797-10-19
Paternal Great-grandfather:
Jean Gautier
Paternal Great-grandmother:
Rose de Lefevre
Paternal Grandmother:
Louisa Frese

Born: 1811-09-05
Paternal Great-grandfather::
Paternal Great-grandmother:

Marie Monseiller

Born: 1843-12-20

Maternal Grandfather:

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Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). animal trainer Louis Gautier in Sweden. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 20 July 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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