Circus Amar in France

Circus Amar
The Circus Amar elephants with Josef Hack 1935.
The Circus Amar elephants with Josef Hack 1935.

Local name Cirque Amar

First elephant arrived1924
Last elephant left2022
Closed down2018
Place Blois
District Loir-et-Cher
Region Centre-Val de Loire
Country France
Website Website


Key People-1983: Davide Togni-Canestrelli (animal trainer)
-: Firmin Grüss (animal trainer)
1936-1940: Hugo Strassburger (animal trainer)
1936-1940: Lina Strassburger (animal trainer)
1936-1940: Henriette Strassburger (animal trainer)
1936-1940: Adolph Strassburger (animal trainer)
1936-1940: Bella Babusiau (animal trainer)
1971-1971: Daniel Suskov (animal trainer)
1979-1979: Daniel Suskov (animal trainer)


Elephant department

Head keepers
of elephants
1934: Josef Hack
(elephant trainer)
-1983: Vinicio Togni-Canestrelli
(elephant trainer)

Elephant keepers
Record history
History of updates2023-10-30

Latest document update2023-10-30 16:04:10
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Circus Amar, in Blois, France , was founded in 1924 and the first elephant arrived in 1924. The last elephant left in 2022. Circus Amar closed down in 2018.

Comments / pictures1934: 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: Hack 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)

Circus Amar in France France
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 (2024). Circus Amar, Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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