Tuesday, October 09, 2012
Today I am posting the remaining batch of Jungleland photos from April 1959 (see the other installment here).
I get a kick out of these because the hillsides in the background are so familiar to me, having lived in Thousand Oaks for many years. And because I have fuzzy (but fond) memories of Jungleland from when I was a tiny tot.
I wish I knew more about the performers seen in these photos. From the looks of things, they were just passing through with their trailers. Maybe they were only at Jungleland for a week or so, who knows. As you can see, a crowd has gathered 'round to watch the antics of a performing chimpanzee.
Man, that chimp is talented! I can't do that pose standing on the ground, much less atop a pole. Believe me, I've tried and tried, especially at funerals and job interviews.
It's an elephant conga line! At least I hope that's what it is.
Until I saw these photos, I never knew that there were trapeze artists at Jungleland. But I can't be too surprised, since the park straddled the line between zoo and circus.
They fly through the air with the greatest of ease. You may think they are using a safety net, but that is actually a net made of piano wire. One slip and they will be reduced to meat cubes. Lions love meat cubes.
Man, I gotta get into that trapeze racket, check out the babes! Don't worry, I respect them for their minds, which makes me awesome.
I hope you have enjoyed your visit to JUNGLELAND U.S.A.!