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Jungleland

All photographs taken by Kenneth A. Larson. All rights reserved. © 2009 - 2017.
The author was young when he last visited Jungleland. I am still looking for old family photos and have no souvenirs. The information here was mostly gathered from other sources.


Jungleland was a popular animal park in Thousand Oaks from about 1956 to 1968 or 1969. While being a home to "movie animals" used in films and TV, it was open to the public, exhibited many unusual animals, and had animal shows on a regular schedule. Mabel Stark was famous for her tiger training and gave several shows a day.

Louis Goebel opened Goebel Lion Farm in 1926 and included a few lions from Universal Studio's animal division which had recently closed. By 1929 it had become a popular tourist attraction. About 1946 it was sold to Trader Horne, an animal importer-exporter, and Billy Richards and was renamed the World Jungle Compound. The facility was sold again in 1956 to 20th Century Fox and became Jungland which was how it remained until it closed. Goebel reacquired the property in 1961 and it prospered until the late 1960s when bad press and competition from other attractions resulted in reduced attendance and closure in 1969. The animals were sold at auction. Remnants were still visible on the north side of Highway 101 for many years after the closure until it was replaced by the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.

Some of the animal residents reportedly included the horse Mr. Ed, Gretta the chimpanzee from Tarzan, and Leo the MGM lion.

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