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History

Having disembarked in European ports at the same time as the indigenous peoples captured in the colonies, the addition of wild animals to menageries gradually became commonplace by the 1830s. But it wasn't until around 1880, with the creation of the Hagenbeck brothers' "central cage" nearly a century after Phil Astley created the traditional circus, that wild beasts entered the scene.

The use of wild animals is therefore not in keeping with the tradition of the circus, but rather was designed to add an "exotic" feel that ties in directly with colonialism.

Stating that the circus would be nothing without the use of wild animals takes away from the other circus arts such as balancing acts, acrobatics, aerial numbers, clowning, juggling, contortionism, and more.

Three Types of Circuses

At first glance there seems to be only two types of circuses: the traditional, touring sort which use all kinds of wild animals, and the more "contemporary" sort which excludes the use of wild animals in acts.

But it is actually a little more complex than that. The traditional circus branches off into two parts: nationally syndicated circuses and family-run events often referred to by the former as the "Attilas" of the circus. (1)

Most circus companies (Pinder, Amar, Médrano, Grüss, etc.) have corporate headquarters that oversee the travel of convoys and tents throughout the year. They are not necessarily managed by the direct descendants of a circus family (with the exception of Grüss). A number of acts are rented out by the season.

Examples:
Cirque Médrano - Manager: Raoul Gibault - Corporate Headquarters in Toulouse

Cirque Pinder - Manager: Gilbert Edelstein - Corporate Headquarters in Brie

Cirque Amar - Manager: John Falck - Corporate Headquarters in Saint Juéry, Albi

Family-run circuses are more often characterized by a shorter run, are family managed, and use animals directly linked to the establishment.

A number of these establishments use names aimed at attracting the public (Zavatta, Fratelini, Roger Lanzac, etc.), though they are thoroughly misleading, as many believe they will see the real Zavatta!

Cirque A. Zavatta fils - Manager: Arsène Cagniac

Cirque Zavatta fils - Manager: Falck

Cirque Luigi Zavatta - Manager: Dassonneville


An Inventory (2006-2008)

Nobody in France knows exactly how many traditional circuses travel the country, primarily due to the illegal operations of some, and the changing of name and/or management of others.

Listed below are the animal circuses we have been able to identify since 2006.

Name

Manager

Species

Albaron

Hart

Lions

Amar

Falck

Elephants, baboons, tigers, lions, camelids, etc.

Androny        

Tigers, lions

Apollo

Dumas

Ostriches, lllamas, camelids, etc.

Bostok

Dumas

Lions , monkeys

Buffalo Circus

Loberot

Ratites

Cancy

Cancy

Baboons, llamas

Carnaval cirque

Camelids, ratites, llamas...

Charly Circus

Couget

Llamas, bovines

Cirque de Madrid

Gontelle

Joseph Bouglione

Bouglione

Tigers, camelids, bovines

Carnaval cirque

Camelids, ostriches, llamas

Cirque de Bercy

Prein

Wild cats, zebras, camelids, bovines...

Cirque de la famille Piedon

Piedon

Cirque européen

Goujeon

Cirque de France

Tigers, lions , bovines

Cirque de France - Zavatta
Lamberti
Lions

Cirque de Madrid

Gontelle

Cirque de Paris

Goujeon

Lions, crocodiles

Cirque de Rome

Dumas

Lions, rhesus monkeys

Dumas Alexandra

Tigers, rhesus monkeys, camelids

Dubois William

Dumas

Monkeys, other exotic animals

Européen cirque

Goujeon

Festival de cannes cirque

Llamas

Français cirque

Bourguignon

Franco Italien

Beautour

Lions

Francky

Fleury & Goujeon

Franky

Equines, caprines

Fratellini A

Lions, camelids, llamas

Fratellini A. (Piste aux étoiles)

Eléphants, camelids

Fratellini Gilles

Fratellini Jeanne

Rhesus monkeys, llamas,

Fratellini John

Hart

Lions, bison, camelids...

Fratellini Sabrina

Favrini (petit cirque)

Festival de cannes

Llamas

Franco Italien

Beautour

Lions, camelids

Gervais

Klissing

Gontelle cirque

Gontelle

Camelids

Grand cirque royal

Landri

Hippopotamus, bison, lions, tigers, ratites

Idéal circus

Muller

Tigers, lions, rhesus monkeys, snakes

International cirque Europe

Aucante

Eléphant, tigers, baboons, camelids

International zoo circus

Muller

Tigers, lions, rhesus monkeys

International belgium circus

Hart

Jackson

Lions , camelids

Kinos

Rech

Elephants, bonobos, lions, tigers, wallabies, porcupines, reindeer, camelids, etc.

Klissing

Lanzac Roger

Mordon

Girafe, lions, camelids, bovines

Lanzac Roger

Mordon

Lions, rhesus monkeys, camelids

Lanzac Roger

Rinaldi

Camelids, bovines

Loyal

camelids

Loyal show

Loyal

Bovines, camelids

Maximum

Masson

Elephant, tigers

Médrano

Raoul Gibault

Elephants, tigers

Mickaël circus

Moreno Bormann

Moreno Bomann

Tigers, lions, panthers, zebras, camelids

Muller

Muller

Hippopotamus, lions, watussi, camelids

Nouveau cirque Triomphe

Goujeon

Lions, snakes, camelids

Olympia

Cornero

Elephants, lions, hamadryas, camelids

Parade circus

Goujeon

Lions

Parade des clowns

Dumas

Phocéen

Tigers, camelids

Pinder

Edelstein

Elephants, tigers, lions, zebras, yacht, camelids

Piste aux étoiles (Reitz)

Hart

Elephants, lions, camelids

Reynier cirque

Rozel

Rozel

Tigers, baboons, camelids, buffalo

Star

Camelids, snakes

Star circus

Cancy ?

Pumas, leopards, black panthers, hamadryas monkeys, camelids

Ulllman

Ullman

Hamadryas monkeys, pumas, leopards, lions, bovines

Venise

Landri

Tigers, lions, panthers, baboons, ratites, bovines, bison, zebras

Vitalis

Mauger

Lions, baboons

William's Francky

Lions

Zavatta Achille fils

Falck

Giraffes, elephants, tigers, panthers, lions, baboons, zebras, bison, bovines

Zavatta A fils

Cagniac

Elephant, tigers, zebras, bovines, camelids

Zavatta Alfonso

Fricheteau

Lions, camelids

Zavatta Anthony

Landri

Hippopotamus, lions, bison, bovines, camelids, llamas

Zavatta Céline

Caplot

Camelids, llamas

Zavatta Eric

Goujeon

Boviness, camelids

Zavatta Eric Dassoneville Tigers

Zavatta Eric

Lamberty

Lions, camelids

Zavatta Fabio

Prein

Hippopotamus, tigers, lions, zebras, ostriches, camelids, llamas

Zavatta Francesco

Bayard

Camelids, bovines

Zavatta Gino

Tigers, camelids, zebra

Zavatta Louis

Sénéca

Hippopotamus, lions, bison

Zavatta Luigi

Dassoneville

Lions, tigers, snakes

Zavatta Lydia

Zavatta

Tigers, lions, snakess, camelids, llamas

Zavatta Sébastien

Douchet

Lions, tigers, camelids, bovines

Zavatta Stephan

Klisson

Elephant, tigers, camelids, bovines, llamas

Zavatta Thierry

(Ritz)

Panthers, rhesus monkeys, lions, camelids, bovines

Zavatta Willie

Beautour

Giraffe, lions, camelids

Zavatta Willie fils

Caplot

Tigers, zebras

Zavatta

Tiger, bovines, camelids

Zavattony (Monsieur Loyal)

Tigers, bovines, llamas

   

Halley Nathalie

Tigers, leopards

Poliakov Sacha

Brown bears

Bauer Kid

Felines

Bovines : cows, yaks, watusi, buffalo, etc.

Camelids : dromedaries, camels

Ratites : ostriches, rheas, emus

(1) Statement by Syndicat National du Cirque representatives during a meeting on February 19, 2008, at Association des Maires de France.

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