Jacques Tourniaire

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Jacques Tourniaire
Jacques  Tourniaire

Personal details

Spouse(s) Philippine Rödiger

Country France

Title owner 1801-
Location at Circus Tourniaire in Germany

Title animal trainer-1801
Location at Circus Franconi (Cirque Franconi) in France

Title animal trainer-1789
Location at Battys Traveling Menagerie (Battys Hippodrome, Astleys Amphitheatre) in United Kingdom

Biography details

Jacques Tourniaire , circus director in France

Born 1772 in Switzerland dead 1829 in Germany , son of artist Louis Tourniaire and wife Magdelene Maugiron .

Jacques Tourniaire (* 1772 in Grenoble ; † 1829 in Königsberg ) was a French equastrian , animal dealer, principal of a circus and owner of a mobile menagerie. In Russia he was named honorary stable master.

Jacques Tourniaire came from a comedian family and became known as an artist in 1800; already as a 15-year-old he appeared in Paris with Philip Astley and later with Antonio Franconi . In 1801 he founded his own company as an artist, which also included acrobats , puppets and pantomimes . belonged to and he operated jointly with his wife Philippine. Madame Tourniaire, born Rödiger (1780–1850), came from a family of successful animal traders and was also an artist. In 1816, the Tourniaires supplemented their company, with which they also traveled through Germany, through a royally privileged wandering army, whose valuable animal population Jacques Tourniaire had assembled in London . On trips through Holland , Belgium and France, Madame Tourniaire ran the animal show alone; in some places, both companies also appear at the same time.

Tourniaire’s rhinoceros was named after his principal owner Jacques Tourniaire (1772-1829), who was assisted by his wife, "Madame Tourniaire" born Rödiger (1780-1850), and children. The animal was held in the Exeter Change in London from 1810 to about 1814, before it was taken to the continent. Our knowledge of the itinerary of this male Indian rhinoceros remains very patchy, even though new localities continue to be discovered. The animal died in Königsberg (Kaliningrad, Russia) in the winter of 1839 and was mounted for the local museum,apparently with the addition of a second horn.


Total: 9 children

  1. Louis Tourniaire.
  2. Louise Tourniaire.
  3. Sophie Tourniaire.
  4. Ferdinand Tourniaire.
  5. Ernest Tourniaire.
  6. Francois Tourniaire. Dead: † 1870
  7. Adeleide Tourniaire.
  8. Benoit Tourniaire. Born: ?. Dead: † 1865-09-13
  9. Louise Klatt. Born: ca 1804.

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Born: 1772

Louis Tourniaire

Born: 1750

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Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). director Jacques Tourniaire in France. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 29 May 2024 at https://www.elephant.se/person.php?id=1244. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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