Reuben Castang

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Reuben Castang
Reuben  Castang

Personal details
Country United States

Title elephant trainer 1909
Location at Dode Fisk Show in United States

Title menagerie superintendent 1907-1909
Location at Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus in United States

Title elephant trainer 1905-1907
Location at Carl Hagenbecks Wild Animal Circus in United States

Title elephant trainer 1904-1905
Location at Hagenbeck Animal Show at St. Louis Worlds Fair in United States

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Reuben Francis Carl Castang , circus animal trainer,author in United States

Born 1879-02-26 in United Kingdom dead 1957-12-07 in United States , son of animal trader Harry Castang .

Reuben Castang was an internationally acclaimed British wild animal trainer who became famous for his chimpanzees. Reuben came from a family of animal traders and handlers. His grandfather, Philip Castang, was the first superintendent of the Royal Surrey Zoological Gardens and owner of a menagerie in Tottenham Court, London. His great-great uncle was Joshua Brooks F.R.S. (1761-1833), the renowned anatomist and naturalist, who treated the famous elephant at Cross’s menagerie in Exeter Change, Strand, London. His father, Harry Castang, was an animal dealer based at Ship Tavern Passage, Leadenhall Market. Harry Castang was also a partner of the famous Firma Carl Hagenbeck in Hamburg, Germany.[1]

Reuben Castang was born on February 26, 1879 in Dalston, London, England as Reuben Francis Carl Castang. He was an actor, known for No Monkey Business (1935). He died on December 7, 1957 in Orange, California, USA.[2]

Records about Reuben Castang from William "Buckles" Woodcocks Blog at
1904 Hagenbeck Animals at the St. Louis World's Fair
1905-06 Carl Hagenbeck Show
1907 Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus
1909 Dode Fisk Show

William "Buckles" Woodcock

In Lorenz Hagenbeck's book he wrote about bringing 36 elephants to the US. 20 went to Luna Park in Coney Island, 8 to Ringling, and 8 to the show at the 1904 STL World's Fair. Hagenbeck was partnered with some US promoters that would have the show at the fair and then take it on tour. As mentioned it folded. In Reuben Castang's book he mentions taking over the elephant act that was trained by Wilhelm Philadelphia. [4]

Cantang went to the Fair with a goat act but eventually also worked mixed cage Group and the elephants. The elephants were often pictured going down a large slide into a pool.[4]

Castang was until 1907 elephant trainer at Carl Hagenbecks Wild Animal Circus, and followed the elephants, when the elephants were sold to Ben Wallace who merged them into his Great Wallace circus, which became the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus

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Koehl, Dan, (2024). animal trainer,author Reuben Francis Carl Castang in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 24 July 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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