Lion taming

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Lion tamer
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19th-century lithograph of a lion tamer
Occupation type
Performing arts
Activity sectors
Entertainment, show business
Fields of
Related jobs
Animal trainer
Circus director and lion tamer Gerd Siemoneit-Barum during a performance in Nordenham, Germany in May 1977

Lion taming is the taming and training of lions, either for protection or for use in entertainment, such as the circus. The term often applies to the taming and display of lions and other big cats such as tigers, leopards, jaguars, black panthers, cheetahs, and cougars. People often use lion taming as a metaphor for any dangerous activity. Lion taming occurs in zoos across the world to enable the keepers to carry out medical procedures and feedings.

The Captive Animals Protection Society maintains that animal welfare cannot be guaranteed in circuses.[1]

Notable lion tamers[edit]

In chronological order


  1. ^ "Circuses". Captive Animal Protection Society. Retrieved 4 December 2012.
  2. ^ a b Culhane, John (1990). The American circus : an illustrated history (1st ed.). New York: Holt. ISBN 0805004246.
  3. ^ History Magazine, "Step Right Up," October/November 2001 issue.
  4. ^ DEATH 'OF MASSARTI, THE LION TAMER'. HORRIBLE SCENE - The Queanbeyan Age (NSW : 1867 - 1904) 21 March 1872, Page 3 - National Library of Australia
  5. ^ John Stewart, The Acrobat: Arthur Barnes and the Victorian Circus, McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers (2012) - Google Books p. 208
  6. ^ He's dying up there: the macabre, surprisingly funny history of onstage deaths - The Daily Telegraph, 10 September 2019]
  7. ^ The Chicago Tribune 1903, p. 44
  8. ^ "Lord of the Rings: Gunther Gebel-Williams, 1934–2001". Archived from the original on 2009-02-03. Retrieved 2009-01-26.
  9. ^ El Periódico newspaper (May 4, 2010), article about Cristo's death. Resume of his life and rewards (in Spanish).