Carl Hagenbeck, fabled "wild-animal-show" entrepreneur, was the motivating force behind this 10-minute film. Hagenbeck's "menagerie" was touring Europe late in 1907 when it made a stopover in Hamburg, Germany. A handful of enterprising cinematographers (probably hired by Hagenbeck himself) were on hand to record the impresario's presentation in the Teutonic metropolis. Except for a scene in which an elephant is shown pulling up the trunk of tree, very little was offered in the way of action. It was enough, apparently, merely to have the animals parade across the screen, most of them looking a bit irritated at having been roused from their slumbers.
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