Kids go free at Hunter Valley Wildlife Park this April

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.

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.

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