Werner Behrens

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Werner Behrens
Werner  Behrens
Werner Behrens with Omari, Basel.Zoo
Personal details
Country Switzerland

Work locations
Title elephant head-keeper 1952-1990
Location at Basel Zoo in Switzerland

Title elephant trainer-1952
Location at Circus Carl Hagenbeck-Stellingen in Germany

Relevant literature
Biography details

Werner Behrens , zoo elephant head-keeper in Switzerland

in Germany 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.

Werner  BehrensPeter Wenger, elephant Rupa, and head keeper Werner Behrens, Basel.

Werner  Behrens

Werner  BehrensThree of Basel Zoo elephant headkeepers; From left Werner Behrens, Peter Wenger, and right with Carrots Thomas Ruby.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2023). elephant head-keeper Werner Behrens in Switzerland. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 7 December 2023 at https://www.elephant.se/person.php?id=855. (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

Selected publications
  • Der Zoologische Garten Basel 1944-1966 by Louanne Burkhardt

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