One of the largest circuses ever to visit Africa has arrived in Dakar on Thursday (May 8) for the start of a tour that will take it to most of the West African States.
One of the largest circuses ever to visit Africa has arrived in Dakar on Thursday (May 8) for the start of a tour that will take it to most of the West African States. With a seating capacity of 3,000, the Mondial Circus presents 17 lions, 8 Himalayan bears, two dromedaries, a huge number of apes, snakes, hyenas and jacals - and a troupe of 14 human artists.
The Mondial Circus - already in its third generation - has toured the world many times but has never before visited Africa. But at least one of its stars has been there before with another circus - the daring lion-tamer King Douglas whose main turn is to put his head into the mouth of the fiercest of his lions.
Although the Mondial's main fame is for its animals - it also puts on a show which includes acts of magic with audience participation and a trapeze act in which the artist rides a motorcycle with the wheels spinning at 200 kilometres an hour on a reduced pivot.
After a 20-day stay in Dakar, the Mondial Circus travels to Mali, the Ivory Coast, Togo, Dahomey and most of the other West African States.