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W. J. Richards and June the puma at the California Zoological Gardens, Los Angeles, 1936
Date Created and/or Issued
September 24, 1936
Publication Information
Los Angeles Times
Contributing Institution
UCLA, Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library
Los Angeles Times Photographic Archives
Rights Information
UCLA Library Special Collections, A1713 Charles E. Young Research Library, Box 951575, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575. Email: Phone: (310) 825-4988
Access to this collection is generously supported by Arcadia funds.
Related photograph appears with the article, "Tiger Does Man Mountain Act With Lioness in Cage," Los Angeles Times, 20 Sep 1936: 10.
In 1912 William Selig purchased the site that is now Lincoln Park in Los Angeles, at Mission Road and Selig Place, as additional film studio acreage for the housing of wild animals used in his films. The studio was insolvent by 1918 and the zoo was auctioned off in 1923. Over time, it had various names, including Luna Park Zoo, the L.A. Wild Aimal Farms, the California Zoological Gardens, and Zoopark.
At the California Zoological Gardens, Duke, a 600-pound Bengal tiger, attacked June, an adult mountain lion, dislocating her vertebra and elbow. The tiger tore through the wire netting between the two cages that separated them. June is reported as healing but very temperamental from the incident. Duke was successfully sedated.
June looks out through the bars of her cage.
Handwritten on negative: WJ Richards + June 9/19/36
Text from negative sleeve: 6647 - Duke (a Tiger) W.J. Richards (Calif. Zoological Society) June (a Puma) (Calif. Zoological Gardens) Zoo Animals Fite 9/19/36 [stamped:] Sep 24 1936
b&w nitrate negative
No linguistic content
Animal attacks--California--Los Angeles
Zoos--California--Los Angeles
Cages--California--Los Angeles
Wild cats
Richards, W.J
California Zoological Gardens
Los Angeles Times Photographic Collection

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