Stafford Bullen

From the list of elephant persons Family: Bullen

Stafford Bullen
Stafford  Bullen
Kenneth Bullen, Perc Bullen, and Stafford Bullen.
Personal details

Spouse(s) Cleo Bullen

Country Australia

Title owner 1971-1988
Location at Wanneroo Lion Park in Australia

Title owner 1969-1985
Location at Bullen's Animal World in Australia

Title owner 1968-1991
Location at Bullen's African Lion Safari in Warragamba in Australia

Title director 1965-1969
Location at Bullen's Circus in Australia

Biography details

Stafford Bullen , zoo director in Australia

Born 1925 in Australia dead 2001 in Australia , son of director Perc Bullen and director Lilian Bullen .

Stafford Bullen (20 March 1925, Bathurst, New South Wales - 12 November 2001, Sydney) was an Australian circus proprietor and co-founder of the African Lion Safari (Warragamba).

Bullen was born to parents Alfred Bullen and Lilian Bullen, who in 1920 founded Bullen's Circus in Australia. His circus career began at four, travelling the country as a child. He had a tutor and was an above average student, yet his formal education ceased at age fourteen.

Stafford and his brother Ken Bullen ran the family business after their mother died in 1965.

Stafford married Cleo Rinaldo, whos father Joseph Rinaldo was an Austrian stuntman, and her mother Freda Cuthbert, was a snake charmer and lion tamer with South African Bostock and Wombwell's Circus. Stafford and Cleo had four children: Mark Bullen, Brenton Bullen, Sonya Bullen and Craig Bullen.

Stafford  Bullen
Stafford Bullen, far right Cleo, my aunty Betty, unidentied person, aunty Jean.
Craig Bullen

In 1968 they opened the In 1968, he opened the African Lion Safari (Warragamba) near Warragamba Dam. It attracted over 200,000 visitors annually.

In 1969 Stafford Bullen opened Bullen's Animal World at Wallacia, New South Wales.

Stafford  Bullen
Bimbo, Craig Bullen, Sabu, Stafford Bullen, Siam, Brenton Bullen. Brenton Bullen lived at Australia Zoo with three of the elephants that he grew up with: Siam, Sabu and Bimbo. Two of the Bullen elephants died during 2013, and the last Bullen elephant were relocated back to the Circus shortly afterwards, but died in 2019.


Total: 3 children

  1. Mark Bullen. Born: ?. Dead: † ?
  2. Craig Bullen. Born: ?.
  3. Brenton Bullen. Born: ?.


Siblings through the father Perc Bullen (1896-02-08 -- 1974-08-11):

  1. Kenneth Bullen
  2. Gregory Bullen

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Stafford Bullen
Born: 1925

Alfred Bullen

Born: 1896-02-08

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Lilian Croan

Born: 1894

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Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). director Stafford Bullen in Australia. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 23 May 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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