Christoph Schulz , wildlife animal trader in Germany
Born ? in Germany
dead ? .
Christoph Schulz was an animal collector and dealer, and worked as agent for Firma Carl Hagenbeck. His wife Elizabeth managed the finances and travelled with him to care for the captured animals.
Christophs brother Wilhelm, had a son Fritz Schulz
who became an international famous animal trainer.
During World War I, all collection of wildlife was temporarily stopped, and the Schulzes lost their ranch in Tanganyika. They moved to South Africa for several years, then returned to Tanganyika (now Tanzania) in 1925.
Christoph and Elizabeth retired in 1937 to travel around the world, leaving the management of the company to their only son, Walter Christoph Schulz.
Christoph grandson Jurgen C. Schulz
has been active animal dealer in U.S.A.
Mohoro, Christmas 1910.
Dear Mr. Hagenbeck,
I have a terrible accident to report. I reached Petersen here at Mohoro on Christmas Eve. On Christmas Morning Petersen said: "I say, Schulz, lets go and kill our Christmas dinner." We went out a mile or so into the bush and sighted some waterbucks, but did not get a shot.
We then followed a buffalo trail, and sighted the animal at a distance of about three hundred and eighty yards. I said, "You shoot, because I only have a shotgun with me." He said, "Let's make more sure of him." So we went in closer. All at once the buffalo stormed up out of the bush, only three paces from us. 1 leapt to one side, he brushed by me and knocked me into a thorn thicket. I was lucky, because the angry animal then lost sight of me. But it turned at once and got poor Petersen on his horns. It tossed him ten Feet
into the air, caught him again on its horns, and I heard Petersen's bones smash. Horrible.
Now here I am cut off from the whole world. The nearest Europeans are three hours away. Dar-es-Salaarn is one hundred and twenty miles and Mohoro is two and a half days from here.
I had dragged Petersen back here, then buried him. He was two hundred yards from his house, frightfully mutilated. I am now quite alone. Early this morning the District Commissioner passed this way and recorded the accident.
I am bringing Petersen's animals and the seven hundred pounds of hippopotamus Teeth
back with me. I have got planking, but no assistance. If only I had the forty-eight packing cases ready which I shall need. I have three weeks left, before the little river steamer comes. It halts three hours distance from here. The road is poor.
I must get away from this, I cannot forget the sight of it. Do please write to his parents. They are elderly folk. If you were to say he is ill, that would prepare them for it. I am not ashamed to
say that when I buried him I wept; the tears are running as I write.
I have ten other hippopotami at Kilva. I shall do what you wrote, Mr. Hagenbeck. I hope to be in Hamburg in early March.
Yours very truly, Christoph Schulz.