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It could be said that Jungleland helped create Thousand Oaks into the town it is today.Visitors flocked to the zoo from all over, many discovering the area for the first time, and several later deciding to settle down there.Scenes from "Birth of a Nation", "Tarzan", and "The Adventures of Robin Hood" were all filmed there.Additionally, Goebel also leased animals to circus acts, provided an animal exportation and importation service, assisted in supplying animals to other zoos including furnishing many of the animals for the first zoo in Hawaii and even supplied most of the rhesus monkeys that were used in vaccine research for polio.Despite being mauled several times by her large cats (tigers, lions, panthers and others), Mabel Stark performed for nearly sixty years at both circuses and parks.At one time she faced up to 18 big cats in the ring. Sadly by the mid sixties, Jungleland and Louis Goebel could not compete with the mega amusement parks that were appearing all over southern California.
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It housed lions used in a variety of motion pictures.