Roarsome! Poland’s first circus with virtual animals embarks on nationwide tour

The Wrocław-based Cyrk Wictoria (Wiktoria Circus) has become the first in Poland to use holographic animals and only the third in Europe.

The Wrocław-based Cyrk Wictoria (Wiktoria Circus) first incorporated holographic animals into their program in 2020 and decided to make them a permanent feature of their show after receiving a positive reaction from their audience.

The animals replaced by interactive virtual displays include land mammals such as lions, tigers, elephants, giraffes and polar bears, as well as less traditional circus creatures such as turtles, dolphins, whales and stingrays. Amongst other things, spectators will be afforded the chance to cheer traditional tricks such as a holographic tiger jumping through a fiery hoop.

The circus has not escaped the attention of WWF Poland who praised their actions in a social media post: “We’ve lived to see the moment when ‘miracles of technology’ can finally free wild animals from suffering and violence – both physical and mental. Virtual circuses are a better solution than training live animals…”

Zbigniew Lipniak, manager of the Wictoria Circus, said: “We can’t be a complete replacement for traditional animals, but nowadays it’s more difficult, that’s why the director decided to do something new – and it’s working.”

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