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.

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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.