Tod is in Thousand Oaks, California "wrangling camels" at the Jungleland zoo. The zoo's owner has nightmares about the tiger which killed his first wife, a famous animal trainer. His second...
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Tod is in Thousand Oaks, California "wrangling camels" at the Jungleland zoo. The zoo's owner has nightmares about the tiger which killed his first wife, a famous animal trainer. His second wife and Tod are puzzled as to what else he has in his thoughts. Buz is not seen - Tod mentions he has "a buddy in the Pacoima Hospital". Written by
Louis Goebel created Jungleland in 1926 as a support facility for Hollywood. Jungleland USA was a private zoo, animal training facility, and animal theme park in Thousand Oaks, California, United States, on the current site of the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. At its peak the facility encompassed 170 acres. He had been employed at Universal Studios when the studio decided to close its animal facility. Five of the Universal Studio lions formed the nucleus of Goebel's collection.] The facility was originally called "Goebel's Lion Farm." Soon a wide variety of exotic animals were obtained, trained, and rented to the studios for use in films. The facility later became a theme park, opened to the public in 1929. Wild animal shows entertained thousands in the 1940s and 1950s. Mabel Stark, the "lady lion tamer", was featured in these shows; she also doubled for Mae West in the lion-taming scenes in the 1933 film I'm No Angel. The zoo's residents included Leo the Lion, mascot of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio; Mister Ed, the talking horse from the television show of the same name; Bimbo the elephant from the Circus Boy television series; and Tamba the chimpanzee, featured in the Jungle Jim movies and television series. Jungleland closed in October 1969. The facilities declared bankruptcy and sold all the movable property at auction: animals, buildings, trucks, furniture and supplies. See more »
I'm surprised I'm only the third to leave a review on this episode. My family moved to Thousand Oaks in 1957 after my Father completed the building of our house at 1373 Montgomery Road. We were about 3 miles from Jungleland yet could hear the large felines roar and the chimps screeching. Of course, there was no 101 Freeway or much traffic noise anyway. I attended some of the Jungleland auction. I was only 12 or 13 and don't remember much. A favorite memory was at the monkey house. My mom tossed the chimps chewing gum and the chimps had a ball chewing it and pulling it out of their mouths in strings and slowly chewing it back in. An attendant came over to see why there was suddenly a large crowd and everybody laughing. Attendant chewed out the crowd for "feeding the animals" chewing gum. Later, after Jungleland was abandoned, Cory Meade and I would ride our bicycles in the animal pits. Later they became popular with skateboarders. I'm now in southern Oregon and every time I return to Thousand Oaks, I'm shocked at the change and it has only changed for the worst. drivers glaring at me because I drive "normal" and have an out of state plate like I'm just some dumb tourist. Where Jungleland once set now has some horrible looking huge building, something about a "Civic Arts" building. Hah! That's "art"? Should have left it a parking lot! Any Thousand Oakies want to chat, get me at firstname.lastname@example.org David F; TOHS Class of 1973.
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