William "Buckles" Woodcock

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William "Buckles" Woodcock
Profession circus elephant trainer
Personal details
Born 1935-02-26 in United States

Spouse(s) Barbara Ray

Country United States

Work locations
Title elephant trainer 1978
Location at Big Apple Circus in United States

Title elephant trainer 1974-1978
Location at Circus World (Polk City) in United States

Title elephant trainer 1965
Location at Polack Brothers Circus in United States

Title owner 1963-2001
Location at William Buckles Woodcocks elephants in United States

Biography details

William Woodcock Jr., circus elephant trainer in United States

Born 1935-02-26 in United States , son of elephant trainer William Woodcock Sr. and animal trainer Sarah Orton .

Being son to the elephant trainer William Woodcock Sr, and born 26 Februry 1935 on the circus, "Buckles" grew up with animals, and by 18, performed with elephant Anna May in the ring. When "Buckles" was a baby, he was buckled and harnessed to keep him safe near the animals, giving him his nickname. Aerialist Barbara Ray, whose parents, LaLea and Ruben Ray, had a tiny circus called Marlowe's Mighty Hippodrome, married Buckles and joined the act. Their children, Shannon and Dalilah, and Barbara's son, Ben Williams, and his family, have all performed with Anna May.

Records about William "Buckles" Woodcock from William "Buckles" Woodcocks Blog at http://www.bucklesw.blogspot.com/
William "Buckles" Woodcock
Stopped by Baraboo to water and exercise the elephants and John Herriott came up with this idea!
Ben Williams and "Anna May" in front, the Baraboo Elephants with Frankie Brown then John Herriott and Myself!
Years later Mr. Kellner contacted me saying the elephants were for sale so I explained the situation to Kenneth Feld and we were shortly reunited!

William "Buckles" Woodcock


In 2001, Woodcock permanently retired two elephants, the 17-year-old female African elephant Amy, and Anna May, the 57-year-old female Asian elephant, at Riddles elephant sanctuary in Arkansas.

Woodcock has a huge archive of photos, which can partly be see at his blog, Buckles WebLog

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Born: 1904-05-19

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Reference list

References

Koehl, Dan, (2021). elephant trainer Sarah Woodcock in
United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 1 December 2022 at https://www.elephant.se/person.php?id=748. (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:


Selected publications
  • Buckles & Company, 1949, by Marilyn Cohen. Three-year-old Anna May comes to William Woodcock to learn to be a circus performer. For the next 50 years the African Woodland elephant will be a member of his family.

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