Mabel Stark: World Famous Trainer of Big Jungle Cats

What are you afraid of?

Subways!Mabel Stark, renowned Bengal tiger trainer, told the New-York Tribune in 1922. Trains roaring through the tunnel terrify me more than any beast I’ve ever met,” she said.

Following a nervous breakdown, the former nurse sought a “simpler & easier” profession: training wild jungle cats for the big top.   Circus goers got the “thrill of their lives” watching the fearless Ms. Stark tame a cage full of snarling jungle prowlers.    See: Capital Journal.


The lithe, cat-like Stark proved she too had nine lives when a loyal lion companion saved her from a crazed young cub named Brutus. See: South Bend News-Times.


Despite enduring countless maulings from her ferocious cats, Mabel’s love for them kept her coming back to the ring. See: El Paso Herald.

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