Derrick Rosaire Sr.

From the list of elephant persons Family: Rosaire

Derrick Rosaire Sr.
Profession circus animal trainer
Personal details
Born South Wingfield in United Kingdom
Country United States

Title animal trainer -
Location at Circus Rosaire in United Kingdom

Biography details

Derrick Rosaire Sr., circus animal trainer in United States

in United Kingdom , son of director Ivor Rosaire and assistant director Lucy Rosaire .

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.

The late patriarch of the modern-day Rosaire crew, Derrick Rosaire Sr., carried the family’s legacy through the latter half of 20th century. He is perhaps best known for his renowned equestrian act, Rosaire and Tony the Wonder Horse, which scored him an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and led to a gig training animals for the 60s children’s TV show Daktari. Born and based in South Wingfield, England, Derrick spent the majority of his young adulthood touring with circuses throughout Europe. He was also busy making babies with his wife, Betty, who was a member of another Europe-based circus family that specialized in training animals, the Kayes.

In August 1961, the family relocated from England to Waterford, Pennsylvania, in hopes of reaping the benefits of America’s burgeoning circus industry, and eventually moved to Sarasota.


Total: 1 children

  1. Kay Rosaire. Born: ?.

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Derrick Rosaire Sr.

Ivor Rosaire

Born: 1911-07-08

Paternal Grandfather:
Fred Rosaire

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Florence Rosaire

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Paternal Great-grandmother:

Lucy Garner


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Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). animal trainer Derrick Rosaire Sr. in United Kingdom. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 24 July 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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