Conservationist, Head of Tigers and Conservation Manager at Australia Zoo, Presenter
Giles has an indescribable and overwhelming affinity for animals and the natural world.
His relentless determination and commitment, together with an in-depth knowledge of wildlife and a wealth of experience with big cats has helped develop an extremely successful career with captive tigers. Giles is currently Head of Tigers at Australia Zoo, managing one of the only ‘hands on’ facilities for tigers in the world. His work was featured in the BBC2 Tigers About The House (2014) and Tigers About The House – What Happened Next (2015). Five episodes followed the journey of two tiger cubs that he hand raised at home, and highlighted the plight that their wild cousins face.
His incredible passion for conservation and his dedication and motivation “to make a difference” has taken him around the world. He lived in Central India for 18 months, observing tigers in the wild and carrying out vital conservation work, trying to help make a contribution to the survival of the Sumatran tiger.
Giles endeavours to instil his passion for conservation in every zoo he has worked. In 2008, Giles played a pivotal role in acquiring Australia Zoo’s most recent tigers, three Sumatran tigers. This was hugely significant for several reasons, not least because they were the first to be released from Indonesia in over 27 years. As a consequence, in 2014 two of the most genetically important Sumatran tigers in the world were born.
Giles’ unfaltering drive and infectious enthusiasm inspires others and his natural presenting skills are evident, both in front of a camera and to a live audience.
Giles currently resides in Australia and he has been a contributor to numerous mainstream TV and Radio programmes both in Australia and in the UK.