There's a change in the air at Hunter Valley Zoo
Australian Wildlife Parks has exchanged contracts for the purchase of Hunter Valley Zoo. Cementing itself as Australia’s largest private wildlife tourism operator, the zoo will join Australia’s premium provider of outdoor sanctuaries for people and animals to interact up-close.
Since opening in 2007, Hunter Valley Zoo has become a drawcard to the region for tourists and families alike. Over the last 14 years, the zoo has expanded from a native only collection to now housing species including primates, American alligators, white lions, wolves, meerkats and capybaras.
Tony Chiefari, Chief Executive Officer of Australian Wildlife Parks commented: “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. “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.”
Managing Director Zookeeper Chad Staples, famous for his passion for the animals in his care at Mogo Wildlife Park and Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park, is excited to bring their ethos of ‘Animals Always Come First’ to the Hunter.
“We look forward, together with the Hunter Valley Zoo team, 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,” he said.
Australian Wildlife Parks, bringing together Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park and Mogo Wildlife Park, showcases the most diverse collection of animals from all over the world. Their ‘animals first’ philosophy embodies all that they do, and their priorities in park operations.
Visitors are invited to enjoy the incredible experience of interacting with an animal who is choosing to connect with you. These are experiences that inspire their dedicated team, led by Managing Director Zookeeper Chad Staples.
Zookeeper Chad is followed by a social media audience of almost 350,000 from across the globe with his highly anticpated in-the-moment posts encouraging personal encounters with animals.