The Training of Wild Animals

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(5 stars; 4 reviews)

Today, performing animals are frowned on by many but in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, traveling menageries afforded entertainment for the masses. The Bostock family were famous in England at the time, for traveling around the country with a bevy of wild animals, many not seen before in provincial towns. If these animals could be trained to perform "tricks", rather than behave more naturally, so much the better. This volume gives an insight into the training and care of assorted animals. - Summary by Lynne Thompson (3 hr 45 min)


In Which I Become “The Boy Trainer”—A Lion Hunt in a Sewer 21:17 Read by ToddHW
Origin and History of Wild-Animal Training 11:39 Read by Heather Eney
Housekeeping for Wild Animals 20:07 Read by Gini Rosario
The Feeding of Snakes and Elephants 11:36 Read by Fern
Characteristics of Different Animals 18:26 Read by Nicola Jablow
“Going Bad”—Animal Instinct 10:58 Read by Gini Rosario
How Wild Animals are Captured 9:33 Read by Gini Rosario
The Wild Animals’ Kindergarten 19:03 Read by Gini Rosario
How Wild Animals are Taught Tricks 21:57 Read by Heather Eney
An Animal Show at Night 14:18 Read by Heather Eney
The Principles of Training 19:53 Read by Heather Eney
The Animal Trainer—Some Famous Trainers 21:40 Read by Natdok
Guarding Against Accidents 24:53 Read by Natdok


Interesting and Informative

(5 stars)

Interesting and Informative. Written in a time when people were not so far removed from reality and Written with a truthful and non-partisan point of understanding. It was a great pleasure to read of experiences, grievances and expertise of early handling and training of wild animals.

Training of Wild Animals

(5 stars)

I really enjoyed this book. ALL the readers are excellent.