Just 10 minutes from Batemans Bay, this is a must do on your Sydney to Melbourne road trip, especially if you have kids. The zoo itself is packed full of animals and is delightfully compact. It means that if you are coming with little ones, they will be able to walk around the entire zoo without complaining.
It also means that unlike many zoos, you really feel up close and personal with the animals, especially the monkeys.
There is a nice picnic area overlooking some of the animals so bring a picnic.
Or go to Mogo town afterwards and take a stroll around the shops and have lunch in one of the many cafes..or perhaps just an ice cream from the ice creamery!
I was expecting a small collection of Australian animals but instead we got a rare collection of large African animals, lots of big cats and plenty of monkeys.
The speciality at Mogo Zoo is monkeys and primates. You'll see plenty of unusual species, like the various types of tamarins. They all seemed very active whilst we were there, running around their cages, showing off to an audience too.
The Red pandas were a particular hit with my little girl - absolutely beautiful, well kept and very active.
The African collection of animals were also great -especially Giraffes and zebras. You even get to feed the giraffes on weekends too.
The big cats were also pretty spectacular and you still felt like you were quite close to them despite the large perimeter fence. I don't think I've ever seen a white lion anywhere else.
There also seemed to be lots of baby animals too, which was very lovely to see. We loved watching the chimps with their little babies.
Make sure you buy some food to feed the deers (available when you first buy your ticket). It's a bit like feeding a goat - they are very hungry and will even it the paper bag. Another hit with my little girl.
The keeper talks were good - not too long and the staff are very enthusiastic. They managed to get the animals to come right up to the edge of the cage so you got a better look at the animals.
The Zoo is open every day except Christmas Day 9am til 5pm.
The morning keeper talks start at 10.30 so maybe time your visit around this time. Then the afternoon keeper talks start around 1.45pm.
We were probably there for about 1 hour 30 mins.
Entry fees are around $30 for adults and $15 for kids over 3 ($80 for a family of 4)
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