Hunter Valley Zoo Joins Australian Wildlife Parks Making It Our Largest Private Collection Of Animals

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In massive news for animal lovers, Australian Wildlife Parks has taken Hunter Valley Zoo under its expansive wing, creating a trio of much-loved attractions that have joined forces to become Australia’s biggest private collection of animals.

Rejoicing in its lofty new position as the country’s largest private wildlife tourism operator, Australian Wildlife Parks has firmly established itself as a premium provider of outdoor sanctuaries that not only showcases the most diverse collection of creatures from all over the world but gives people the opportunity to engage and interact with them more closely than anywhere else.

Australian Wildlife Parks
Australian Wildlife Parks are all about a unique,up-close experience!


Hunter Valley Zoo has itself been a huge drawcard to the regional vineyard region for over a decade with its menagerie of native and exotic fauna, and it now joins Mogo Wildlife Park and Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park under the coveted Australian Wildlife Parks umbrella.

Bringing their ethos of ‘Animals Always Come First’ to the Hunter, Managing Director and face of Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park and Mogo Wildlife Park, Zookeeper Chad is committed “to continue to deliver world-class care for the diverse collection of native and exotic species at the zoo including lions, alligators, giraffes and koalas”.

Australian Wildlife Parks Zookeeper Chad
'Animals Always Come First’ with Zookeeper Chad at Australian Wildlife Parks.


Zookeeper Chad is a passionate animal advocate with a loyal social media following of 350,000 fans across the globe, thanks to his in-the-moment, behind the scenes posts that encourage personal encounters with animals - real experiences that they share with visitors every day.

The acquisition of the Hunter Valley Zoo couldn’t be more timely. Venues across NSW that have closed their doors due to the lockdown restrictions need support now more than ever.

“We are thrilled with the opportunity to further drive growth to the NSW regional tourism industry with Hunter Valley Zoo’s reputation as a must-visit destination in the region.” Tony Chiefari, CEO of Australian Wildlife Parks revealed.

“Similar to the strategy implemented at Mogo Wildlife Park which has come off the back of its most impressive year despite bushfires and COVID restrictions, we will continue to build on our successful campaigns by establishing relationships with business, government and industry, as well as engaging our loyal Australian Wildlife Parks membership base.”

All Australian Wildlife Parks have re-opened. Find out more about visiting safely at Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park, Mogo Wildlife Park and Hunter Valley Zoo.

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