Mogo Wildlife Park staff will officially reopen this weekend after the bushfire emergency threatened the zoo in December and January.
The park officially reopens to the community on Sunday but you can say hello to the animals on Saturday by picking up a free ticket from the Bay Post/Moruya Examiner office, at 30C Orient Street, Batemans Bay.
Park Director Chad Staples, of Featherdale Zoo, only took the reins of the 30-year-old zoo in November 2019.
A month later, he and a dozen staff members saved the zoo from fire which surrounded them on New Year's Eve and destroyed hundreds of homes nearby.
Mr Staples took some small animals to his on-site home and was putting out spot fires the following week.
Since that catastrophic day, park staff cared for native wildlife burnt by the fires. They were without power and telecommunications until they were supported by a donated generator.
The park recently announced the name of their new lion cub, "Phoenix", who was one week old when the fires hit.
Tickets to the zoo are also on sale at www.mogowildlifepark.com.au
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