WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT MOGO WILDLIFE PARK, ONE OF THE BEST ATTRACTIONS ON THE SOUTH COAST
Just a few minute’s drive down the road from Mogo Village, 10-minutes south of Batemans Bay, you’ll find the amazing Mogo Wildlife Park (originally Mogo Zoo). Although it’s located in a regional area, this zoo still packs a punch. Home to spacious exhibits and exotic animals surrounded by the lush Mogo State Forest, this is really a great place to spend a few hours. My family and I have visited here several times, and we love it so much that we purchased a yearly pass. Don’t be surprised if you have to queue for a few minutes to get inside, as it’s also one of the top-rated attractions here on the south coast. This is in part thanks to Chad, the Parks owner, who does a great job taking care of the animals. The way he interacts with them is really heart warming, so be sure to check him out here on Instagram.
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When you first enter the Park, you’ll notice a great little gift shop and a café. One of my favourite ways to start the day here is to sit down with a coffee while watching the Meerkats play around in their glass-fronted enclosure. The Gibbons’ also reside around this area, and sometimes, if you’re lucky enough, they might come and perch on a branch near the glass and interact with you. There’s always a baby or two in there as well, and they’re especially cute when they’re misbehaving or trying to run away from Mummys wrath!
If you love your Lemurs like I do, there are often some located in this area too, but sometimes, they relocate them over to the Primate Islands on the other side of the Park. Here you can see them enjoying life and swinging amongst the trees. They are just the cutest little things. While over here, be sure not to miss the beautiful Sumatran tiger right in the corner. She’s a stunning creature, and I’ve been lucky enough to be visiting while she was being fed. I was just meters away from her chomping down on flesh and bone! It was such a surreal experience.
MY MOGO WILDLIFE PARK ADVENTURES
When you first enter the Park, you’ll notice a great little gift shop and a café. One of my favourite ways to start the day here is to sit down with a coffee while watching the Meerkats play around in their glass-fronted enclosure. The Gibbons’ also reside around this area, and sometimes, if you’re lucky enough, they might come and perch on a branch near the glass and interact with you. There’s always a baby or two in there as well, and they’re especially cute when they’re misbehaving or trying to run away from Mummy’s wrath!
If you love your Lemurs like I do, there are often some located in this area too, but sometimes, they relocate them over to the Primate Islands on the other side of the Park. Here you can see them really enjoying life and swinging amongst the trees. They are just the cutest little things. While over here, be sure not to miss the beautiful Sumatran tiger right in the corner. She’s a stunning creature, and I’ve been lucky enough to be visiting while she was being fed. I was just meters away from her chomping down on flesh and bone! It was such a surreal experience.
Upon heading back to the other side of the Park, try and follow the path that takes you past the playful Otters. If you are lucky enough, you might just see them being fed, and they love to show off and frolic in the water while they eat.
Continuing along this route, you’ll come to my favourite area in the whole Park, the Monkey exhibits. It’s split up into different sections, each with a different species, such as the Cotton-top and Emperor Tamarin. They’re very friendly and often come right up to the windows where their strategically placed food is placed in front of the glass. Nothing beats watching them enjoying their food as they interact with you.
Once you’ve overdosed enough on the cute Monkeys, you’ll come to the section of the Park, which holds what I like to call the ‘African Five.’ This area is home to the Lions, Gorillas, Rhinos, Zebras and Giraffes. To further enhance your visit to Mogo Wildlife Park, you can purchase several animal experiences, from feeding a Lion (if you’re brave enough!) to patting a rhino. You can even feed the Giraffes, which I’ve actually done with my daughter Aria. It was such an incredible experience and one of the most affordable at only $20.00 per person. They have the strangest and longest black tongues I have ever seen, and although you’ll feel like they might swallow your hand, I can assure you you’ll be fine. However, my daughter didn’t think so as a huge Giraffe neck came hurtling towards her with its big, black tongue hanging out. The poor Giraffe didn’t bat an eyelid from her screams, though. He just wanted his treats! What a hilarious experience! I highly recommend it.
WHAAAAT? I CAN FEED A LION?
A little further up are two white Lions, and they are never very far from each other’s side, sticking together like glue. They’re so beautiful! You will often see them canoodling up to each other. I’ve also seen them being fed by several visitors who are way braver than me, and even watching it was an incredible experience. I can only imagine how exciting it would be to do in yourself.
Over the last few years, Mogo Wildlife Park has been the home to many newborns. Just before the catastrophic bushfires of New Years Even 2019, little Phoenix the Lion arrived amongst all the chaos. I did see him playing with his Mum a few months back, kicking a football around and trying to wrestle with her. He was so excited with the toy that he mostly kept jumping on her back, much to her dismay. He’s not a little baby anymore and is now an adult himself. Since then, the Park has gone on to have Maji, who is about a year old at the time of writing this, and oh so gorgeous. Sadly, her mother died while giving birth to her, so Chad, the zoo owner, took her into his own home and nursed her from birth. It’s safe to say that they have an extraordinary bond. I’ve also seen a few giraffes being born over the past few years, including one who made an appearance only a few weeks ago. Getting out to the Park is a much more enjoyable way of learning about the circle of life than sitting at home and watching Animal Planet.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT MOGO WILDLIFE PARK?
Anytime is a good time to visit, but my favourite time to go would be during the week when there’s fewer people around. Also, after 2 PM, the animals tend to be up and about and more lively, which is always great to watch. Weekends can be jam-packed, with long queues to get in, as well as at the cafe and for the toilets. Although, this wouldn’t put me off visiting.
CAN I STAY OVERNIGHT?
There is no accommodation at Mogo Wildlife Park. However, a third-party operator occasionally organises special glamping tents within the grounds at certain times of the year. If this is something you might be interested in, I would advise checking for more information on their website. For accommodation just down the road in Mogo village and the surrounding areas, check out Trip.com for fantastic rates or Hotelopia.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
At the time of writing this post, tickets to Mogo Wildlife Park are $38.00 for adults, $25.00 for children ages 3-15. Family day tickets and yearly passes are also available. Its opening hours are from 9 AM to 4 PM every day. Christmas Day 9 AM to 1 PM. Please check their website before you go in case opening hours have changed.
Thanks for reading my post on Mogo Wildlife Park on the South Coast of New South Wales today. I’ve created this guide so that you have all of your Mogo Zoo questions answered by someone who’s actually been here. Despite this being just a small wildlife park, there is a lot to see and do and experience some once-in-a-lifetime activities that you wouldn’t be able to do at any other zoo. I mean, where else can you feed a Lion and not die in the process? It’s definitely worth the visit if you’re in the area.
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