Mel Koontz

| June 14, 2015

Mel had constant control over his cats. The braking period started at about two months old. He would carry the cubs in his arms and hand fed and watered them. He in essence was there mother, even to the point of reprimanding as a mother lion would. As they matured there was a built in […]

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Mel Koonzt

| June 14, 2015

Yes…… Mel did a Camel commercial

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Mel Koontz

| June 1, 2015

Mel had a way with cats that I have never seen before. To my knowledge he was never hurt by one of his own cats. Mel’s claim to fame was his training for the movie industry. Fighting and attacking lions were his trade mark. He doubled for many of the actors such as Tarzan/Johnny Weissmuller. […]

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Roger Smith #1

| February 24, 2015

This photo of Roger was taken in 1968 at Jungleand, Thousand Oaks, Calif. Thanks Roger for sending me your personal  letters and circus programs. I am sure the circus bloggers will enjoy them. This photo was taken after his cat act.

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Jungleland #4

| February 24, 2015

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Jungleland Tiger Wagon

| December 3, 2012

This I believe to be the old cage tow bar wagon. I do know Ray Chandler restored a tow bar cage wagon at the compound. Ray went to work for Louie Goebel in the early 1960’s. Because of his many talents, some say he was Louie’s right hand man. He was truly a jack of […]

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Jungleland Tiger Wagon #2

| December 3, 2012

Ray expanded the frame, fish plated it, and strengthened it with steel round bar. The wagon remained a tow bar. New wheels were mounted, the paint and art work was also Ray’s. The photo was taken at the front of  Jungleland’s small barn. Not far to the left was Mr Goebel’s home, to the right […]

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Jungleland Tiger Wagon #3

| December 3, 2012

Ray Chandler and his newly restored tiger wagon.

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Whirling Circus The Big Circus 1959

| November 30, 2012

This is a Hagenbeck & Wallace circus cargo wagon. Louie Goebel bought a great many of them as well as a few Al G. Barnes wagons. The wagon in this photo along with others was rented from Mr. Goebel for the movie called  “The Big Circus”.  It was not uncommon for these wagons to be […]

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Jungleland

| November 30, 2012

This monument plaque is located at the Civic Center in Thousand Oaks, Calif,

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