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Joan Kruse

From the list of elephant persons Family: Fowles

Joan Kruse
Profession circus animal trainer
Personal details

Spouse(s) 1955 - 1973 Gösta Kruse

Country France

Work locations
Title animal trainer 1971
Location at Circus Pinder-Jean Richard in France

Title animal trainer 1964-1971
Location at Cirque Pinder-Charles Spiessert in France

Title animal trainer -1964
Location at Bertram Mills Circus in United Kingdom

Biography details

Joan Fowles , circus animal trainer in France


Joan joined Bertram Mills Circus as an usherette and dancer when she was 16 years old.

She later joined the Baker Brothers in the riding act, She also did the "Courier of St. Petersburg" and after returning to Mills Bros, she presented a bear act as "Joan's Teddy Bears"

In 1951 Gösta Kruse joined Mills, took over the elephants from John Gindl, and in 1955 they married.

1961: In early 1961 Mills were offered to very young orphans found wandering alone in the jungles of Siam. SAFARI aged approx 9 months and TAMU aged approx 6 months old arrived and were hand fed by my parents every 4 hours on a diet of chopped apples, carrots, diluted milk, boiled Patna rice mixed with glucose and Farex. My Mother hated rice pudding till the end of her days after that.
Yvonne Kruse

At the close of Bertram Mills Circus tenting show in 1964 Gösta Kruse, Joan Fowles and their daughter Yvonne Kruse left to Cirque Pinder in France where Kruse replaced John Gindl as elephant trainer. Kruse remained with Pinder until his death July 25, 1973 from a Heart attack.


Total: 1 children

  1. Born: ?. Yvonne Kludsky

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2021). animal trainer Yvonne Fowles in France. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 7 June 2023 at https://www.elephant.se/person.php?id=368. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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