Circus Rosaire in United Kingdom

Circus Rosaire

Owner -: Fred Rosaire
-: Florence Rosaire
-: Ivor Rosaire
First elephant arrived1939
Address Coxes Farm Road
Place Billericay
Region Essex
Country United Kingdom

Directors: Lucy Rosaire (assistant director)

Key People -: Derrick Rosaire Sr. (animal trainer)


Elephant department

Head keepers
of elephants
-1957: Ivor Rosaire
(elephant trainer)

Elephant keepers -1957: William Aslett
Record history
History of updates2023-10-29

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Circus Rosaire, located at Coxes Farm Road, in Billericay , United Kingdom and the first elephant arrived in 1939.

Comments / picturesFred Ross and Florence Ross, known as Count and Countess Rosaire, had the son Ivor Rosaire, born on July 8, 1911, at Pontefract, Yorkshire,, dead 2005-12-24 at the age of 94. Ivor married Lucy Garner (died from Alzheimer’s Disease in 1995). Ivor and Lucy had had two children who survived, Juliette Rosaire and Derrick Rosaire Sr.

Circus Rosaire in United Kingdom United+KingdomElephants Salt and Sauce, with Joan Rosaire lining up.

During the thirties, Ivor presented the legendary elephants Salt and Sauce, first at Circus Rosaire, and later on other circuses.
1939: Circus Rosaire acquired its own elephant, Princess Monice, which Ivor trained and worked in with the celebrated film star Sabu.
1950: He had ten of Chipperfield’s elephants in London with Tom Arnold’s Circus at Haringey Arena in 1950
1948-1954: worked an act of sixteen (at one time, a Group of five bull elephants) Chipperfield elephants.
1957: Salt killed William Aslett (an elephant groom) when she attacked him in 1957 on Rosaire\'s Circus. (Wikipedia)
1957-1965: Ivor worked as elephant trainer at Sir Robert Fossetts Circus
1963-1964: Ivor Rosaire and the elephants were leased by John Ringling North during Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus European Tour.

I was 16 when I met Ivor, that was 1957 in my home town of Loughborough, and last time I saw him in 1962. i spent many hours with the elephants,and felt privileged that Ivor allowed me on the inside. i felt a special bond with Carla, and was told that she was 16,which would have meant she was born 1940. she was certainly a very big girl. i took her harness off after the show.i was more wary with the others,they were Chikita, June, Nagra and Monica. It was Monica that appeared with Ivor on double your money and was the youngest.
Georgina Gebski, UK.

Derrick Rosaire Sr., born in South Wingfield, England, came to the United States in 1960, and decided to stay. He had five children: Pamela Rosaire Zoppe, Kay Rosaire, Derrick Rosaire Jr., Linda Rosaire and Ellian Rosaire, see

References for records about Circus Rosaire

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Koehl, Dan (2024). Circus Rosaire, Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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