Carl Hagenbeck's Animal Paradise was called the -"largest
representation of an animal paradise ever constructed."
The attraction was actually two  attractions- One,  Carl Hagenbeck's Circus, which  included trained animals, death defying feats and clowns and other `circusy' goings on. The other half was a  rather surprising wide open and natural animal sanctuary- quite different than the animals in small cages zoos that were common at this era

Carl  Hagenbeck- known as the the `Animal King;'   born June 10, 1844,
was  a  internationally known German animal dealer and trainer.
Hagenbeck trained and  controlled animals by  rewards-based animal
training as opposed to fear, showcasing their  intelligence  over  ferocity.
He was  the founder of  open-air zoos.

Hagenbeck had an almost unlimited collection of animals that he could place
or parade on the pike to lure visitors into his attraction. Camel trains,
cages of monkeys and exotic birds, elephants, etc.


























A 3,000 seat arena showcased bear, lion, seal, snake-handlers, and other
exotic animal shows.

Despite his kindness and love of animals, Hagenbeck
had a fondness for the outrageous and bizarre. He bred
and displayed one-of-a-kind animals such as the liger
(cross between a lion and a  tiger), and a zebra-horse.
Though sterile, these animals were healthy and a
popular curiosity.

The most outrageous act in Hagenbeck's arsenal  (and
quite controversial  by today's standards), was Chute-
the-chutes.  This show consisted of elephants slide
down a huge chute into a `pond' of water.

The elephant toboggan slide was one of the most popular
"stunts" in the jungle panorama of the Hagenbeck show
on the Pike.  at St. Louis.  Front legs  thrust  forward,
the elephant slides down,   throwing a huge blast of  of
water  out-spraying the limits of the pool and cooling the
crowd of spectators.






















Supposedly,  the elephants enjoyed the slide and water bath.  Getting them out of the water  was a tough job for the  handlers.
 
The baby elephants which plunged down the slide were brought over from Hindostan by Lorenz Hagenbeck, the youngest son of Carl Hagenbeck.

Shooting-the-chutes was done in India by assembling  elephants on the sloping mud banks of  rivers.
HAGENBECK'S
ANIMAL PARADISE
Exhibit Statictics:

Admission Cost:  50 cents adults and children
Additional Cost:  10 cents each to:  monkey show,
bear show, reptile show and hybrid
show. And  additional 10 cents for animal rides (tortoise,  elephant, zebra, donkey, ostrich, camel or a llama).
Exhibition Profit-       339,001.90  dollars

A ticket from a 1906 show.

Pelican display  at Hagenbeck's Attraction on the Pike
Carl  Hagenbeck- founder of open-air zoos
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An ornate season pass from Carl Hagenbeck Zoological Paradise and Trained Animal Show.
Outside Hagenbeck's  attraction on the Pike.