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After Gay's Lion Farm moved, Geobel began working directly for Universal Studios caring for their animals and lions.

Carl Laemmele closed down Universal Studios' animal division in 1926.

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.

During the seventies and eighties, the now vacant Jungleland was used mostly as an informal skate and hangout spot by the locals.

Despite "No Trespassing" signs being clearly posted, the former animal pools were cleaned out and used as skate board pits, outdoor informal concerts called "Jungleland Jamborees" were occasionally organized on the abandoned land, and the entire area became referred to as the "Jungleland Wasteland" by the diverse crowd that hung out on the old zoo grounds.

The Inn is suspected of being haunted by as many as three different spirits.

However, recently Irene Avila sent me an article from the Press Courier dated February 11th, 1970 in which it discusses a mysterious black panther that had been haunting the area for at "least ten years".

So perhaps there is some merit to the legends that the panther lurked around the area for quite awhile.

It housed lions used in a variety of motion pictures.

When the division was closed by the studio, Goebel purchased six of the lions, acquired land in Thousand Oaks and opened up Goebel's Lion Farm. In the late forties and mid fifties it exchanged hands several times, becoming World Jungle Compound and under 20th Century Fox, Jungleland.

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