Tony Smaha said his brother told him he wanted to go to Africa "one last time," even though family members had warned him not to because of his failing health.
"He just loved to take pictures and see the elephants," Tony Smaha said. "He loved Africa and he loved safaris. This was his fourth trip."
Jenda Smaha was only in Baraboo for a few years, spending the rest of his life touring around the world, meeting famous people such as Johnny Carson, Jack Nicklaus and Joe DiMaggio along the way. He spent 12 years working in Las Vegas before moving to Sarasota, Fla.
"He got four entertainer of the year awards when he was out in (Las) Vegas," Tony Smaha said.
Tony Smaha said his brother was a pioneer with elephant acts, and was instrumental in starting up the practice of having animals at Circus World Museum.
"He helped start the live entertainment there," Tony Smaha said. "Jenda had 'Bertha' the elephant. Everybody around town knew my brother."