Zookeeper Chad Staples is warming hearts with his viral Instagram page. Picture: Zookeeper Chad/Instagram
Zookeeper Chad Staples is warming hearts with his viral Instagram page. Picture: Zookeeper Chad/Instagram

WATCH: Meet the man who gets kisses from lions and takes selfies with giraffes

By Clinton Moodley Time of article published Feb 3, 2021

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Selfies with giraffes, kisses from lions and face-to-face encounters with rhinos are just some of the mesmerising content you will find on zookeeper Chad Staples Instagram.

But there's more. The managing director of both Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park and Mogo Wildlife Park in New South Wales in Australia doesn't just post viral-worthy snaps. Each post offers a special message about the beautiful animals and a glimpse into their lives.

You will meet Maji the lion cub, Kai the rhino, Archer the koala and more.

Staples, who has amassed more than 224k followers on the social media platform, started his account to educate people on wildlife parks and offer a look into the daily antics of the animals living there.

In between the playfulness that puts a smile on people’s faces, his feed has a way of evoking emotion. Like the time he shared the plight of the red panda, a species that has been put under pressure due to human encroachment.

Staples, who sheltered dozens of animals during the devastating bushfires in late 2019, told the Daily Mail: "I think one of the most important roles of wildlife parks is around education. More and more, people are learning online and on their devices, so platforms like Instagram have been a great way to make connections with people all over the world.

“ I think the videos and pictures I share resonate with people because they're so candid and really capture the essence of the animal I'm with and their unique personality," (sic)

For Staples, every day is different. He spends his day caring for the animals and tending to their specific needs. He still manages to have fun with the animals.

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