Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland) (19:51:34): Congratulations to Mogo Wildlife Park, which survived the catastrophic South Coast bushfires and will reopen officially this Saturday, 29 February. In January this year following the fires I visited Mogo Wildlife Park and was awed and inspired by the dedication and commitment of the Mogo team, led by zookeeper Chad.

Chad Staples, who is also known as Mogo Wildlife Park's managing director, worked with his staff to save all 65 acres and more than 200 animals from fire danger. Then they had to contend with a flood and keep the animals safe, which would have made Noah proud.

It is comforting to see Chad and his crew demonstrate such incredible commitment to the park and its animals, continuing the legacy of park founder Sally Padey who retired late last year after 30 years at the helm. Mogo Wildlife Park is in the great hands of Featherdale Wildlife Park, Chad and all his team.