Ludwig Ruhe Sr.

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Ludwig Ruhe Sr.
Ludwig  Ruhe

Personal details
Country Germany

Title owner 1868-1882
Location at Firma Louis Ruhe in United States

Title owner 1860-1883
Location at Firma Ruhe in Germany

Biography details

Ludwig Ruhe Sr., organisation animal trader in Germany

in Germany dead 1883 in Germany .

Ludwig Ruhe who grew up in Grünenplan in the Lower Saxon Hills, married Elisabeth Müller, who was daughter to a Canarian Bird dealer, and Hermann joined the family business for some time

1860: Ludwig Ruhe founded his own company and started travelling the world in search for animals.

1866: Opened a second office in Lima, Peru.

1867: Opened a third office in New Orleans

1868: L Ruhe founded a fourth company in New York, USA, where he is known as Louis Ruhe

1870: Opened the fifth company in London, UK.

His next step was to relocate his German company to Alfeld, which since 1853 had a railway connection, and there he bought an old Guesthouse which he filled with birds and other animals.

1883: Ludwig Ruhe died, at the age of 55, and left his enterprise to his two sons. Hermann Ruhe Sr. took over the main company in Alfeld, and his younger brother Bernhard Ruhe took over the US company in New York.


Total: 2 children

  1. Bernhard Ruhe. Dead: † 1930-12-24
  2. Hermann Ruhe Sr.. Born: ?. Dead: † 1923

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). animal trader Ludwig Ruhe Sr. in Germany. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 17 April 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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