This day in 1937: Duke’s visit

There was tiger talk aplenty on October 13, 1937 when HRH the Duke of Kent checked out Dudley Zoo’s newest arrivals.


Three cubs were the first tigers born at the newly-opened attraction and the Duke, a lifelong friend of the Zoo’s co-owner, the Earl of Dudley, was keen to see the site’s smallest big cats.

The zoo opened its door to the public in May 1937 and the Duke – pictured second from left – was a regular visitor during its early years.