Werner Behrens , zoo elephant head-keeper in Switzerland
dead 2020? in Switzerland
Werner Behrens was educated in elephant training by Josef Hack,
and during tour with Circus Carl Hagenbeck-Stellingen in Basel, he was appoached by Heini Hediger,
the director of Basel Zoo, who asked him to cecome head keeper of Basel Zoo elephants, which he accepted.
Except for touring with the zoos African elephants during two seasons (1956?) with Circus Knie, when they were trained by Josef Hack,
Behrens worked in Basel Zoo until his retirement in 1990, responsible for the zoos elephants, the elephant show, and the rides for children on African elephants.
He also worked bulls, until 1972, when he was attacked by Katoto.
Peter Wenger, elephant Rupa, and head keeper Werner Behrens, Basel.
Three of Basel Zoo elephant headkeepers; From left Werner Behrens, Peter Wenger,
and right with Carrots Thomas Ruby.