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Zookeeper makes a 20ft selfie stick to let visitors snap themselves with giraffes

Getting a selfie with a giraffe is a pretty cool thing to do, but due to their great height, you have to be miles away to get their whole giraffe into the frame. Any closer and you encounter height difficulties and poor angles, and it’s just heads or legs in the pic. Mindful of the issue, a zookeeper at Chessington World of Adventures in Surrey, England, has come up with a solution to the problem.

A Chessington zookeeper takes a selfie with a giraffe using a 6 metre long selfie stick. Image: Chessington World of Adventures
A Chessington zookeeper takes a selfie with a giraffe using a six-metre-long selfie stick. Image: Chessington World of Adventures

Becky Apperley-Gawn has created a 20ft selfie stick using a metal pole and green camouflage, which she says will allow visitors to get the perfect angle for a picture with one of the zoo’s five Rothschild’s (Nubian) giraffes. Dubbed the ‘Self-ari Stick’, it will allow guests to snap the perfect shot of themselves from above with Moja, who stands at 16.5ft, Tonda and Kito who are both 15ft, Napoli at 13.5ft and Oscar at 11.5ft.

A Chessington zookeeper takes a selfie with a giraffe using a 6 metre long selfie stick. Image: Chessington World of Adventures
A Chessington zookeeper takes a selfie with a giraffe using a 6 metre long selfie stick. Image: Chessington World of Adventures

She also hopes that the invention will raise awareness of the vulnerability of the giraffe species. “When guests meet our giraffes it’s incredible to watch,” she says. “Adults and children alike stand in awe. Educating guests on the animals we look after is a huge part of what we do. With approximately only 1500 Rothschild’s giraffes left in the wild, raising awareness for this now vulnerable mammal is massively important to us.”

A Chessington zoo keeper takes a selfie with a giraffe using a 6 metre long selfie stick. Image: Chessington World Of Adventures
A Chessington zookeeper takes a selfie with a giraffe using a six-metre-long selfie stick. Image: Chessington World Of Adventures

Becky feels that with the introduction of the ‘Self-ari Stick,’ the zoo can ensure that guests have the perfect picture to take away with them. This, she hopes, will help them to remember the giraffes’ fight against what she calls ‘silent extinction.’

For further information on Chessington World of Adventures, see here.