Beryl Robinson has strong memories of Dudley Zoo.
Her father, Richard Kerwood, was the sites first Head Keeper when the zoo opened to the public in 1937 and Beryl was born in a staff cottage in nearby Tower Street.
Mum, Agnes, worked in one of the Tecton kiosks and Beryl, along with her eight siblings, used to lend a hand around the site during the 1940s.
She said: I have such fond memories of Dudley Zoo, it was a huge part of my life when I?was a young girl, there was always something happening and we got close to some amazing animals.
Dad often used to bring home injured or orphaned animals and my earliest memories are of playing with chimps he brought to the house for treatment.
I didnt appreciate it at the time but it was a truly wonderful childhood. To me it was just how we lived and I?didnt see it as unusual.
She attended St Edmunds Church School and was delighted to be included in the class day trip, only to discover it was a visit to Dudley Zoo!
She said: I couldnt believe it, Id paid my money and then found out I was coming home. I?spent the whole of the trip hiding from my dad – he would have gone mad if hed known I?had paid for the experience.
Her brothers Richard and Kenneth joined the zoo staff when they left school and worked on site until retirement. Kenneths ashes were scattered on the site after his death.
Beryl and husband Barry emigrated to Australia 41 years ago, but have kept in touch with relatives and friends throughout the decades.
Beryl said: From time to time we spend a few weeks catching up on old friends and family in the UK but we cant visit Dudley without calling in on the zoo.
A couple of years ago I contacted staff to see if they had any memorabilia linked to my family from the zoos early days and was delighted when Barry and I were invited along to spend a day on site.