Meet the man dubbed “Animal Whisperer,” a photographer and adventurer who’s mastered the art of taking selfies with exotic animals. Originally from Ireland, Allan Dixon has been travelling around the globe to capture smiling snaps with kangaroos, quokkas, camels, sea lions… you name it!

Having started in 2015, he now has quite a solid collection of funny and light-hearted snaps that won the heart of the internet. But the purrfect selfie isn't just all fun and games, and it could take “'anywhere between five minutes to three hours of being in the animal’s presence' to take the perfect selfie,” Allan told us.

So let’s dive deep into Allan’s wondrous world of the animal kingdom where each selfie reveals how much humans and animals really have in common. The smiles, the facial expressions, the genuine joy you cannot fake… Be sure to upvote your favorite ones! And be sure to check out our previous post with snouts and smiles from Allan's selfie collection.

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I’m So Grateful That These Quokkas Have Single Handily Changed The World Emotionally. Helped Launch My Career, Making People Smile And Now Indirectly Helping The Welfare Of Other Animals

I’m So Grateful That These Quokkas Have Single Handily Changed The World Emotionally. Helped Launch My Career, Making People Smile And Now Indirectly Helping The Welfare Of Other Animals

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Eva the Egg
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2 months ago

Omg the quokka has such a cute smile!!

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It’s Smile Time! Heads Up For Hardcore Quokka Enthusiasts

It’s Smile Time! Heads Up For Hardcore Quokka Enthusiasts

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Abhinc
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2 months ago

fun facts about quokkas !! Quokkas store fat in their chubby lil’ tails as a means of surviving when food supplies are low, and they can also go months without water. - They swallow food whole, then they regurgitate it and eat it again!

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#3

Smiles All Round

Smiles All Round

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Eva the Egg
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2 months ago

AAAH THE BABY IS SO CUTEEE

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Bored Panda reached out to Allan, the creator of these incredible animal selfies, to find out what it takes to make one, as well as to see what he’s been up to lately. Allan said that throughout the years, his project has become way more than just animal selfies.

“My selfies have gotten animals adopted, helped conservation, and raised tens of thousands in donations. It means everything to me and has become my life. Purposeful stuff that gives you a feeling that you are making a difference,” he said.

Today, Allan gets messages from people saying they want to work with animals and conservation. “To them I say, anyone can do it, reach out and offer your help. Even if you can inspire one person to make a change, you're on the right path.”

#4

I Told The Lemur That He Only Got 10 Likes On His Last Photo. Lets Cheer Him Up This Time

I Told The Lemur That He Only Got 10 Likes On His Last Photo. Lets Cheer Him Up This Time

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Alexia
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2 months ago

Lemurs always have such a perplexed look, they make me cry with laughter =)))

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#5

Hope. This Little Guy Marty Is About 4 Months Old And Is Loving Life!

Hope. This Little Guy Marty Is About 4 Months Old And Is Loving Life!

He’s also up for adoption. Unfortunately he lost the use of his back legs in a car accident. Most countries would straight up euthanize the animal but in Thailand they give life a chance to flight and help rehabilitate the animal

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Oogiebogieaugiedaddy
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2 months ago

He's so a. I hope he gets his forever home soon!

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#6

Relationships Are Like Holding A Hedgehog. The Roller Coaster Of Love

Relationships Are Like Holding A Hedgehog. The Roller Coaster Of Love

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Eva the Egg
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2 months ago

OMG THEY ARE BOTH SO CUTE

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Allan urges everyone to remember that behind every cute animal pic surfing around the internet, there are real animals who need help from us. “They're cute and hilarious, also animal content is the lifeblood of the internet, people love 'em. But not enough people are making a real-life difference to help animals. Either through their business, volunteering, helping with conservation, or donating their money or skills. Give, people, you’ll find so much enjoyment!”

#7

Who Is The Cutest Dog? These Doggos Are Such A Handful But So Freaking Adorable!

Who Is The Cutest Dog? These Doggos Are Such A Handful But So Freaking Adorable!

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Nixxy
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2 months ago

Def. the one on the far right. Such a cute expression and so floofy! All in all they are so cute tho

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#8

This Little Goat Called Nigel Was Saved As It's Mother Was Hit By A Car. He Now Hangs Out In The Reception Making Visitors Smile At The Kiwi Birdlife Park In Queenstown

This Little Goat Called Nigel Was Saved As It's Mother Was Hit By A Car. He Now Hangs Out In The Reception Making Visitors Smile At The Kiwi Birdlife Park In Queenstown

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Abhinc
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2 months ago

awwww !! goats are basically crazy doggos. so much fun

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#9

Hug A Happy Cloud: Bucket List. You Can Volunteer On Alpaca Farms All Over The World

Hug A Happy Cloud: Bucket List. You Can Volunteer On Alpaca Farms All Over The World

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Abhinc
Community Member
2 months ago

let's call them happy clouds from now on

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When asked how Allan approaches the animals he takes selfies with, he said that if it’s a domesticated animal, dog, goat, etc. sometimes food or treats are involved. “But that usually makes the animal go crazy, which will lose their relaxation. If you've ever tried to get your dog to sit still.”

Right now, Allan is in the process of publishing a quokka selfie book that goes into a lot of details about this and it will be available early September 2021 on Quokkas.co. “Very excited about that.,” he added.

#10

Holy Calf! Topped Up On My Farm Fix This Week. Thanks For The Adventures

Holy Calf! Topped Up On My Farm Fix This Week. Thanks For The Adventures

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Monty Is Fiennes
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2 months ago

Thats how my dog sneaks in licks...

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#11

Ducking And Diving. This Girl Coaching Me On Swimming. Such A Magical Moment

Ducking And Diving. This Girl Coaching Me On Swimming. Such A Magical Moment

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#12

A Future Request, To Help Combat Trophy Hunting Please Shame Those Who Do It

A Future Request, To Help Combat Trophy Hunting Please Shame Those Who Do It

How in the world anyone can hunt such large beautiful animals is beyond me.
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An interesting observation is that the widespread 'shaming' of trophy hunters that has occurred online since Cecil  might have also decreased trophy hunting (or at least the boasting online, itself feeding back to decrease the activity). If the psychological drive in killing is the achievement, 'hunting for status', then shaming them is an effective strategy for those opposed. This is because shaming tends to erode the status that trophy hunters appear to be seeking

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Abhinc
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2 months ago

fun facts about mooses !! they often give birth to twins, and even sometimes triplets. - the name ‘moose’ is believed to originate from ‘mus’ and ‘moos’ which mean ‘eater of twigs’ or ‘he who strips of the bark’ in the Algonquian North American Indian family of languages - they are athletes !! they can run up to 35 kilometers per hour, swim up to 10 miles nonstop and can dive approximately 20 feet deep. - they are one of the least social animals. they mostly socialize only during mating season.- like cows, moose have four-chambered stomachs. When feeding, moose partially regurgitate its digested food and chew the softened mixture. The food is fermented in the moose stomach’s first chamber, while the nutrients are extracted in the next three.

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Meanwhile, the adventurer said that he’s been putting more focus on business and YouTube lately. “Of course I’ll still be taking animal selfies, but the whole Covid thing has really messed up people's travel plans.” Allan added that there’s also “the biggest project of all” coming, which he cannot really talk about right now. But he assured us that “it’s gonna bring wildlife to the mainstream,” so stay tuned!

#13

Meet The ‘Most Stylish Bunny In The World’ Mumitan. Seriously This Bunny Puipui Should Be In Fashion Shows. I Was Getting Some Sherlock Holmes Style Tips Today

Meet The ‘Most Stylish Bunny In The World’ Mumitan. Seriously This Bunny Puipui Should Be In Fashion Shows. I Was Getting Some Sherlock Holmes Style Tips Today

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Nathan Pogorzala
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2 months ago

Jesus H. Christ that is a cute bunny.

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#14

Jungle Book Life, Anti-Aging Exfoliation

Jungle Book Life, Anti-Aging Exfoliation

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Nixxy
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2 months ago

What a lovely creature that elephant is.

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#15

Verified I Think The Goat Likes You

 Verified I Think The Goat Likes You

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Ladyandthetramp
Community Member
2 months ago

Aww look at the goats face!

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#16

Show The World Your True Colours. Keas, An Alpine Parrot That Loves The Mountains. Crazy Cool Birds!

Show The World Your True Colours. Keas, An Alpine Parrot That Loves The Mountains. Crazy Cool Birds!

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Alexia
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2 months ago

I googled "alpine parrot" and I did not regret it! Majestic birds! aqjnvnv_46...10850c.jpg aqjnvnv_460s-6112c0810850c.jpg

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#17

This Little Koala Named Ralph Has A Second Chance

This Little Koala Named Ralph Has A Second Chance

 Rescued during the fires and now being cared for at Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park. Unbelievably they raised $2.6 million in their rescue and rehabilitation efforts for wildlife on the island. So financially I think they’re fine. Even the Australian Army arrived to build a new animal hospital and enclosures to house the koalas in care. They have treated over 600 koalas in the last three months.⁣

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Last week they released 104 koalas back into the wild which is amazing! They currently have 15 baby koalas in round the clock feeding and care. Soon to be scheduled for training, soft release then release. So not all is lost, there is hope from this bushfire.

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Abhinc
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2 months ago

Fun facts about koalas !! ‘Koala’ is thought to mean ‘no drink’ in the Australian Aboriginal language - they can sleep up to 18 hours a day - they have fingerprints !! they’re the only animals other than primates that have them

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#18

That Was A Crazy Weekend Party, Right? Curlysnow0915 Feeling Great After Dancing All Night

That Was A Crazy Weekend Party, Right? Curlysnow0915 Feeling Great After Dancing All Night

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Eva the Egg
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2 months ago

*blep*

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#19

Great Hairstyles Grow In The Family. You Copying Me Bro?

Great Hairstyles Grow In The Family. You Copying Me Bro?

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Virginia Stackhouse
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2 months ago

Twinsies!

#20

When A Camel Is More Photogenic Than You! Meeting The Locals Of Visit. Dubai

When A Camel Is More Photogenic Than You! Meeting The Locals Of Visit. Dubai

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Abhinc
Community Member
2 months ago

fun facts about camels !! they have three sets of eyelids and two rows of eyelashes to keep sand out of their eyes. - they have thick lips which let them forage for thorny plants other animals can’t eat. - they can completely shut their nostrils during sandstorms. - their humps let them store up to 80 pounds of fat which they can live off for weeks and even months! but when they find water they can drink up to 40 gallons in one go. - there are over 160 words for camel in Arabic alone !!

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#21

We Had Joy We Had Fun, We Had Quokkas In The Sun. Tag A Friend Who Has Never Seen A Smiling Bear

We Had Joy We Had Fun, We Had Quokkas In The Sun. Tag A Friend Who Has Never Seen A Smiling Bear

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catslave6
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2 months ago

Joyous little beings. Babies in pouches!

#22

Cuteness

Cuteness

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Pepper Pots
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2 months ago

I am so jealous

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#23

Australia You've Been Great. The Kangaroos Have Show Their Love

Australia You've Been Great. The Kangaroos Have Show Their Love

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Abhinc
Community Member
2 months ago

fun facts about kangaroos !! Most of them are left-handed - A Group of kangaroos is called a mob -they eat grass like cows, but burp less methane. scientists have identified a special type of bacterium in their stomachs that process their food without producing methane. - female kangaroos can pause a pregnancy. - Australia has more kangaroos than humans. - kangaroos don’t sweat and they can’t move backwards.

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#24

I Love You This Much

I Love You This Much

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Monty Is Fiennes
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2 months ago

Labs are love....

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#25

Snow White And Her Seven Alpacas. Thanks Again To Alpaca.se For The Winter Wonderland Experience

Snow White And Her Seven Alpacas. Thanks Again To Alpaca.se For The Winter Wonderland Experience

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catslave6
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2 months ago

Love those adorable little alpaca faces. They all look as though they are smiling.

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#26

Took Grandad For A Swim, He’s Aging Really Well

Took Grandad For A Swim, He’s Aging Really Well

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Kona Pake
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2 months ago

Something you can look forward to in your old age…

#27

Paws Up If You Love Dogs!

Paws Up If You Love Dogs!

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catslave6
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2 months ago

Very large paws on that cat. ;>)

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#28

It’s Never A Bad Hair Day Twinning!

It’s Never A Bad Hair Day Twinning!

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Ladyandthetramp
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2 months ago

They have the same hair!!!

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#29

Unicorns Exist

Unicorns Exist

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Abhinc
Community Member
2 months ago

i knew it !!

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#30

Imagine If Animals Had The Same Rights As Humans? This Is Probably What They’d Be Doing

Imagine If Animals Had The Same Rights As Humans? This Is Probably What They’d Be Doing

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Abhinc
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2 months ago (edited)

for example in India captive dolphin shows are banned as “morally unacceptable”. They believe they are highly intelligent & should be seen as “non-human persons” with their own specific rights.

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