Dagmar Puncha

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Dagmar Puncha
Profession circus animal trainer
Personal details
Born in Germany

Spouse(s) Banda Vidane

Country Germany

Work locations
Title animal trainer -
Location at Circus Busch (Paul Busch) in Germany

Biography details

Dagmar Puncha , circus animal trainer in Germany

in Germany .

Dagmar grew up in East Berlin and joined the National Circus School and trained as a horse rider. Her act was toe dancing on horse-back in a tutu. In 1956, her Group Truppe Case was contracted to the same circus Banda worked in.

In 1958, Bodidasa Suwaneris was born. Dagmar’s family was not too happy – the couple just had a child out of wedlock and what’s more, they disapproved of the dark skinned Banda. “It all changed when my father helped her flee East Germany and helped support her family stranded behind the wall,” Ganesha explained, adding that their wedding was delayed because Epi was still touring and was unable to take time off.

They finally married in 1959.

Dagmar  PunchaFamily Puncha with elephant Leila at Circus Krone.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2023). animal trainer Dagmar Puncha in Germany. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 5 December 2023 at https://www.elephant.se/person.php?id=170. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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