Juan Ganzo Fernández

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Juan Ganzo Fernández
Juan  Ganzo

Personal details
Country Brazil

Title owner 1913-1925
Location at Porto Alegre Zoo Villa Diamela in Brazil

Biography details

Juan Ganzo , zoo director in Brazil

Born 1872-10-05 dead 1957-04-02 .

Juan Ganzo Fernández (Yaiza , 5th October 1872 — Florianópolis , 2 April 1957) was a Spanish electrician and entrepreneur rooted in Uruguay and, later, in Rio Grande do Sul.

It so happened that that area was a large farm where Juan Ganzo Fernández – the same man who founded the Riograndense Telephone Company – had lived with his family since 1910. In honor of one of his daughters, Ganzo named the farm “Villa Diamela”. The property faced Avenida 13 de Maio - currently Getúlio Vargas - extending to Praia de Belas, totaling approximately 3.8 hectares.

The house where he lived with his family faced Avenida 13 de Maio and the back of the property was used as a storage area for materials and a garage for his telephone company's vehicles.

In 1912, he decided to open a large zoo, in the middle of the farm.

In 1927, after selling the share control of Companhia Telefônica Riograndense to the Americans from IT&T, Ganzo ended the zoo's activities, as he was in negotiations to transfer to Santa Catarina where he would develop telephony in that state through Companhia Telefônica Catarinense.

The animals were all donated to zoos in Buenos Aires and Montevideo.
10th August 2020 by Ronaldo Marcos Bastos

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). director Juan Ganzo in Brazil. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 23 April 2024 at https://www.elephant.se/person.php?id=2241. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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