Meet Giles Clark
Head of Big Cats, Australia Zoo,and ingenious animals .
British born Giles has devoted the last 20 years to working with one of nature's ultimate icons, the tiger. As a 16 year-old he volunteered at a wildlife park in his native UK and got his first close-up encounter with a fully grown Bengal tiger, Bruno. "That was it, I was hooked, and it ultimately led to what I do now, this job is a dream come true".
Giles at 17
The tiger is for me the most awe inspiring, magnificent creature that has ever walked the planet
Giles runs the tiger department atAustralia Zoo in Queensland, Australia, and looks after 9 of the world's most endangered big cats:Sumatran tigers. Giles and his team of 8 handlers have a unique approach to animal husbandry; they have a hands-on relationship with their tigers which has been built up over many years. Getting up close and personal to one of nature's greatest predators isn't about thrill-seeking. Giles believes this close contact improves the tigers' quality of life, and they enrich the cats' lives through daily walks and play.
Tigers may have a fearsome reputation, but Giles' cats are like an extended family to him. "They're all different, they all have personalities and characters". His passion for tigers runs through his veins. He says "the tiger is for me the most awe inspiring, magnificent creature that has ever walked the planet"