February 19, 1956 – Keller’s Jungle Killers Performs at Disneyland
“George J. Keller…demonstrates for the first time the unarmed subjugation of a group of African lions, tigers, leopards, mountain lions, jaguars, black panthers, and a cheetah.”
On February 19, 1956, the circus attraction Keller’s Jungle Killers performed in the short-lived Holidayland area of Disneyland. Occupying the circus tent that once housed the Mickey Mouse Club Circus, the attraction was hosted by George Keller, a former artist and teacher at the Bloomsburg State Normal School, who left education in the early ’50s to perform with his animals full time. These “jungle killers” included lions, tigers, and leopards. The attraction lasted until September 7, 1956.