Zoo Circus in Sweden

Zoo Circus

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Local name Trolle Rhodins Zoo Cirkus

Owner 1948-1964: Trolle Rhodin Sr.
First elephant arrived1944
Last elephant left1964
Closed down1964
Address Mariedalsgården
Place Malmö
Country Sweden

Directors 1941: Iris Rhodin (assistant director)
1954-1964: Ingeborg Rhodin (assistant director)
Trolle Rhodin

Key People-1947: Gösta Kruse (animal trainer)
1938-1944: Hedvig Andersson (animal trainer)
1938-1954: Theodor Kruse (stable master)
1941-1952: Brazil Jack (artist)
1944-1964: Ingeborg Rhodin (animal trainer)
1945-1947: Edith Gautier (animal trainer)


Elephant department

Head keepers
of elephants
1944-1947: Hugo Schmitt
(chief elephant trainer)
1947-1950: Gösta Kruse
(elephant trainer)
1962-1964: Banda Vidane
(elephant trainer)

Elephant keepers 1944-1947: Lulu Gautier
Record history
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Zoo Circus, located at Mariedalsgården, in Malmö, Sweden , was founded in 1941 and the first elephant arrived in 1944. The last elephant left in 1964. Zoo Circus closed down in 1964.

Comments / picturesTrolle Rhodin was son to Circus man Brazil Jack, and grew up on Circuses. In 1938 he bought a disfunctional Swedish Circus Orlando from Henning Orlando.

Trolle Rhodin founded Zoo Circus 1942 and later Circus Caravan.

Stable master was Theodor Kruse, father to elephant trainer Gösta Kruse.

1944-1947: Trolle hired elephants from Cirkus Hagenbeck.

Records about Zoo Circus from William "Buckles" Woodcocks Blog at http://www.bucklesw.blogspot.com/
Zoo Circus in Sweden Sweden
These are the 5 German elephants brought over by Hugo Schmitt the previous year, "Icky". "Sabu", "Mudu", "Minyak" and "Kernaudi".
The African "Emily" was also added to the Herd in 1947 on June 26 at New Brunswick, NJ, six days after Hugo and his elephants had arrived in Pittsburgh from Sweden.

William "Buckles" Woodcock

In 1964 he started working as general manager at Ringling Brothers Circus and brought Circus Caravan with him, as part of the show. Later back in Sweden, he started Circus Brazil Jack together with his children Trolle Jr and Diana Rhodin.

References for records about Zoo Circus

Recommended Citation

Koehl, Dan (2024). Zoo Circus, Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at https://www.elephant.se/location2.php?location_id=71. (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

  • Trolle Rhodin (1917-1997)

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