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Carl Hagenbeck’s Zoological Paradise and Animal Circus attraction allowed Pike visitors to see animals from the rain forests to the Arctic in panoramas depicting their native homes.
Spectators enjoyed turtle rides, saw lions perform, and watched elephants shooting the chutes.
It cost spectators ten cents to see the animals. For ten cents more they could see curiosity shows or take an animal ride. Admission to the trained animal show was fifty cents.
Carl Hagenbeck, of Hamburg, Germany, was the third Hagenbeck family owner of the Carl Hagenbeck Trained Animal Show Business. At the time of the 1904 Fair, he was nearly 60 years old.
Unlike other animal displays of the time, the Hagenbeck's animals appeared to roam freely without any barriers between them and Fair visitors. Hagenbeck’s system replaced harsher training methods. He believed in controlling animals by ‘befriending them, emphasizing for spectators their intelligence and tractability over the ferocity.’