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I am interested in any information on Morgan Berry, former elephant keeper at the Wooland Park Zoo in Seattle.

Rip Weinseimer

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We’d be interested to know how the Morgan Berry book is going?

Jim Stockley

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Hi, I am another one of Morgan’s grandchildren actually I believe I am the one with the most information and documentation about him. I’ve been gathering all of his information throughout my life and I am currently working on a book and short documentary of him for Animal Planet. Let me know what information you need and why you are researching about him and I would be glad to help you.

Camilo Gamboa

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I am one of Morgan’s granddaughters. I live in Florida. I would like to share a great photograph with you if you are still interested. My interest has been peaked lately as I am working on a family history album. Please email me if you want me to send you the pic via email.

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En blanco. Maybe I can help you, if you are still interested. I know Mr Berry?s son, he lives in Florida. I will try to find his address.

Regards, Diego Sandoval

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Mr. Iuliani: I just purchased Berry’s old house in Seattle. It’s one block north of the old Seattle line, which allowed him to keep exotic animals without interference from the city. Elephant chains are still on the front lawn, bolted to concrete. I have a lot of stories from neighbors about the elephants and other animals that he would bring back from trips to Africa and Asia. But I’m short on actual documentation or even better, photographs. I’m considering dedicating an area of the house to a circus (especially elephant) theme, a picture of Berry would be great! Could you suggest a source or reference for my research?

Rip

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I remember Morgan Berry when, under tragic circumstances, we meet at Rock Forest, Quebec on Saturday, May 6, 1978. He arrived in a Police helicopter and landed in the shopping center’s parking lot. Eloise Berchtold, his partner, had been killed by Teak, a male elephant, during a performance on Gatini Circus, on the previous night. While the killer elephant was destroyed there remained another elephant, Thai, who escaped. We shared a ride in a patrol car which drove us to a secluded road where the frightened elephant was found hiding in a bush. Morgan Berry just went after him and within minutes returned with Thai. Mr. Berry was a animal importer who specialized in elephants and was known as an expert in his field. The system seen in the movie “Jurassic Park” was inspired by Morgan Berry and put in use at the Portland Zoo. I have heard that he was also a musician and would hold musical sessions in the barn where he kept the elephants.

Giovanni Iuliani

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