The picture of the saddlery of James Rudler in Bilston Street, Wolverhampton, which appeared on the front page of Bugle 1016, prompted memories for Ray Hadley of Dudley.
Ray began work at Dudley Zoo aged 16 in 1949, and remained there for thirty years. He recalled that Rudler made the harnesses for the zoo's elephants and camels, which used to give rides around the castle grounds.
Ray has supplied us with this photograph taken in the 1950s of himself and some of his colleagues.
Standing at the back are Jack Wright (elephants), Alan Hopkins (giraffes) and Gordon Stanfield (bears). At the front are Ray Hadley (aquarium), Arnold Davis (big cats) and Stan Bratt (sea lions).
Because Ray worked indoors in the aquarium he did not have to wear a keeper's uniform and could work in his own clothes.