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Kids go free at Hunter Valley Wildlife Park this April

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Hunter Valley Wildlife Park zookeeper Chad Staples has a clear favourite when it comes to the creatures in his care. 

Despite there being anywhere between 300 and 600 at the Nulkaba address at any given season, the park boss has a particular fondness for Maji, the four-year-old lioness. 

Chad hand-reared Maji when her mum didn’t survive the birth. 

Since then, the pair have formed a unique bond that visitors to the park are sure to pick up on. 

Kids go free at Hunter Valley Wildlife Park this April

Maji is one of four lions in residence at the popular, picturesque park. 

Spanning more than 10-acres, the park that is so much more than a zoo, is home to a number of iconic species from around the world, some notable Australian creatures and diverse birdlife. 

From giraffes that can be hand-fed, to a lake full of alligators and a cheeky new-born spider monkey, visitors are sure to fall in love with at least one creature during their visit. 

“Our most notable recent addition is our spider monkey,” says Chad. 

“The little girl has started venturing away from mum. She’s so curious about the world but mum’s keeping a close eye on her. 

“Primates are so human-like, visitors to the park love to watch them. But this little one is enjoying watching the humans who come to visit too, its a great time to visit.” 

Hunter Valley Wildlife Park is open 9am to 4pm daily

For Chad though, it’s the big cats that steal the show. 

“They’re such a majestic creature and a real drawcard for the region,” says Chad. 

“As far as lions go, these four are ambassadors for their species.” 

During the month of April, kids are invited to visit the creatures at Hunter Valley Wildlife Park for free. 

For every paying adult, up to 2 children under the age of 15 go free until April 30.

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