COURTESY JORDAN VEASLEY
Jordan Veasley knows how many teeth an alligator can grow in its lifetime (up to 3,000) and why koalas hug tree trunks (to help keep them cool). He shares these facts and more on his YouTube channel, Jungle Jordan, which he launched in 2016. His videos give viewers an inside look at what many people consider a dream job. Veasley is a zookeeper at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, Washington, where he helps tend to animals like giraffes, lions, and hippos.
Veasley grew up going to the zoo with his mom and siblings. By age 11, he’d started volunteering at Woodland Park’s petting zoo. As a teen, Veasley was stationed at the wild animal exhibits, where he helped visitors learn about the creatures there. After studying wildlife conservation in college, he became a full-time member of the zoo’s staff. Science World spoke to Veasley about his work as a zookeeper and his mission to teach people about animals.