Mogo Zoo is a privately owned zoo located in the village of Mogo about ten kilometres south of Batemans Bay. The zoo is a major tourist attraction on the New South Wales south coast, and winner of a number of regional tourism awards. Mogo Zoo runs animal breeding programs for endangered species and has over 200 animals representing more than 39 rare and exotic species.
Mogo works closely with other major Australasian and overseas zoos in various species management programs. The zoo is a significant tourist attraction for the New South Wales south coast, and provides visitors with an educational zoo experience.
The zoo dates back to 1991 when Bill and Sally Padey started off Somerset Wildlife Sanctuary with a small collection of buffalo, deer, kangaroos and birds. Their dream was to grow the sanctuary into an animal park for the conservation of threatened species. After training in animal management at Taronga Zoo, Bill and Sally began to acquire exotic animals such as monkeys and wild cats from other zoos to stock the Sanctuary at Mogo. The Sanctuary opened in 9991, and was renamed Mogo Zoo in 1992.
Mogo Zoo has been recognised internationally for its conservation work with animals such as the Red Panda and Sumatran Tiger. The zoo has had success with animals that are difficult to breed in captivity, such as Snow Leopards which gave birth to cubs in 1999 and 2003.
The range of exotic animals at Mogo include species such as the African Lion, Alligator, Bengal Tiger, Boa Constrictor, Brazilian Tapir, Burmese Python, Fennec Fox, Giraffe, Green Iguana, Reticulated Python, Red Panda, Rhinoceros, Ring-Tailed Lemur, Serval, Spider Monkey, Sumatran Tiger, White-Handed Gibbon, White Lion, Zebra, Water Buffalo, Jaguar, Meerkat, Snow Leopard and more.
To get the most out of your visit to Mogo Zoo, allow at least a couple of hours, and try to catch some of the keeper talks and feeding sessions which start around 10.30 am and 1.30 pm each day.
Mogo Zoo is located at 222 Tomakin Road at Mogo in New South Wales. The zoo is open from 9:00am to 5:00pm every day except Christmas Day.