Mogo Wildlife Park to reopen this weekend after South Coast bushfires

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.

Staff defended Mogo Zoo from the fires on New Year's Eve. Picture: Chad Staples

Staff defended Mogo Zoo from the fires on New Year's Eve. Picture: Chad Staples

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

PHOENIX: The lion cub was born in a time of flame. Mogo Wildlife Park's Chad Staples named the new lion cub in honour of the survival spirit of the South Coast during the 2019-2020 bushfires.

PHOENIX: The lion cub was born in a time of flame. Mogo Wildlife Park's Chad Staples named the new lion cub in honour of the survival spirit of the South Coast during the 2019-2020 bushfires.

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