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Aniwa, Wisconsin: Wilbert Behn, Lion Tamer (Gone) Team Field Report

Closed by 2005; Wilbert died 2011, Martha died 2013.

Wilbert Behn, Lion Tamer.

Wilbert Behn, Lion Tamer

Self-taught lion and tiger tamer Wilbert Behn used to perform at Behn's Game Farm. The attraction closed before the Behn's retired in 2005. Wilbert passed away in 2011, wife Martha joined him in 2013. Report...

Wilbert Behn in his Homemade Arena.

Aniwa, Wisconsin - Wilbert Behn in his Homemade Arena (1991)
Behn's Game Farm:

From a 1991 visit with the late Wilbert Behn, eating fire and performing a solo routine with his semi-cooperative lions and tigers.

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Mrs. Behn post card.

Behn's Game Farm

Martha Behn passed away on June 15th 2013.

[Candy Behn, 06/19/2013]

Martha was married to Wilbert Behn -- lion tamer extraordinaire -- for over 60 years. The two owned and operated Behn's Game Farm, where Wilbert would put on shows with his big cats, from 1962 until he finally retired in his eighties. He passed away in 2011. Martha, an animal expert in her own right, was 88. From what we witnessed, they were a great team. Here's a classic post card we always treasured of Martha in action.

Behn's Game Farm

I can't believe he's still alive! They were old when I was a kid. I grew up in Aniwa , and have been living in PA for 11 years after 5 years in the navy. I came across your article and it made me homesick. My friends and I used to ride our bikes out to watch the lions do back flips. I've never seen that anywhere else. He didn't have any tigers then, but I'll never forget that old man dancing with a huge black bear. Once I got to hold and feed a new born baby lion. On a still day you could hear the male lion roaring from our house -- used to drive my dog nuts. Thanks for bringing back some memories of a place I haven't thought of in years.

[James Calhoun, 02/05/2000]

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