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Aspinall, John Victor (1926–2000), gambler and zoo owner, was born on 11 June 1926 at Delhi, India, the second son of Mary Grace (1904–1987), daughter of Clement Samuel Horn, engineer, and wife of Colonel Robert Stivala Aspinall (1895–1954), of the Indian Medical Service (IMS), serving in ...

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Chipperfield, James Seaton Methuen (1912–1990), circus proprietor and inventor of the safari park, was born on 17 July 1912 in a mahogany wagon on land belonging to Paul, third Baron Methuen, near Corsham, Wiltshire, the second son in the family of three sons and two daughters of ...

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Cross, Edward (bap. 1774, d. 1854), zoo proprietor, was born in London and baptized on 3 February 1774 at St Andrew's, Holborn, the son of Walter Cross and Jane (née Callow). Nothing is known of his life until he became proprietor of the ...

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Maccomo, Martini (1835/1836–1871), lion tamer, was said to have been born in Angola, though it has also been suggested that he was a sailor born in Liverpool, or that he was Arthur Williams, a West Indian. He was recruited into British fairground life by ...

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Wombwell, George (1777–1850), founder of a menagerie, was born on 24 December 1777 at Dudnor End, Essex, and from an early age took a keen interest in animals. His life was changed when he saw a pair of boa constrictors that had just been landed on the ...

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Woodhouse [née Blackburn], Barbara Kathleen Vera (1910–1988), animal trainer and broadcaster, was born on 9 May 1910 at St Columba's College, Rathfarnham, co. Dublin, a boys' public school where her father, the Revd William Blackburn, was headmaster; her mother, Leilah Alice (...