Circus Benneweis in Denmark


Circus Benneweis
Sonny Benneweis and his wife Nelly Jane, married 1977. <!--two years before he died in cancer.-->
Sonny Benneweis and his wife Nelly Jane, married 1977.

Local name Cirkus Benneweis
Typecircus

Owner 1887-1933: Gottfried Benneweis
1933-1945: Ferdinand Benneweis
Gottfried Binneweitz (1865-1933)
Ferdinand Binneweitz (1888-1945)
?-1993: Eli Benneweis (adopted)
1993-2015: Diana Benneweis (born in 1947), biological daughter of Manfred Benneweis (1929-1987).
Founded1887
Last elephant left1994
Closed down2015
Place Dronningmoelle
Country Denmark
Website Website

DirectorsGottfried Binneweitz (1865-1933)
Ferdinand Binneweitz (1888-1945)
?-1993: Eli Benneweis (adopted)
1993-2015: Diana Benneweis

Key People -: Nelly Jane (artist)
-: Musse Benneweis (artist)
-1987: Gottfried Benneweis (animal trainer)
-1987: Gottfried Benneweis (animal trainer)
-1987: Manfred Benneweis (animal trainer)

Veterinarians

Elephant department

Head keepers
of elephants
1933-1979: Sonny Benneweis
(elephant trainer)
1980-1995: Kim Benneweis
(elephant trainer)

Elephant keepers 1977-1980: Sonny Benneweis (assistant elephant trainer)
Relevant literature
Description

Circus Benneweis, in Dronningmoelle, Denmark , was founded in 1887. The last elephant left in 1994. Circus Benneweis closed down in 2015 in Dronningmoelle, .


Comments / pictures1887: The circus was founded by Gottfried Binneweitz (1865-1933), son of August Wilhelm Binneweitz (1839-1887) from Germany.

1968: Citta, Mona, Vally, Birma, Tonny and Tagho, who performed on tour 1968.

1968: 2 elephants Thai and Siam, bought from Ingemar Forss, probably with origin from Thailand.

1969: four of the older were left

Circus Benneweis in Denmark Denmark

1970: 5 elephants bought from Ingemar Forss, probably with origin from India: Ceylon, Djaipur, Fredrik, India, and a small with unknown name, which died after short time.

1971: Three of the older elephants were left

1979: only two of the older elephants left

1994: none of the older elephants present anymore.

1995: All elephants sold.

References for records about Circus Benneweis

Recommended Citation

Koehl, Dan (2021). Circus Benneweis, Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at https://www.elephant.se/location2.php?location_id=595. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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