Mogo (postcode: 2536) is a small heritage town
in the South Coast region of the state of New
South Wales, Australia. Mogo is administered by
the Eurobodalla Shire council.
Mogo is located on the Princes Highway
(Highway 1), south of Batemans Bay and north
of Moruya. At the 2011 census, Mogo had a
population of 263 people.
Mogo was established during the Gold Rush
after a gold find was reported in 1851.
Bimbimbie, the last gold mine in the Mogo
area, closed in 1984 with the floating of the
Australian dollar. The town survived as a sleepy
highway town, and during the 1990s was
revitalised with the growth in regional tourism.
Mogo is now home to a variety of tourist-centric
stores including cafes, art galleries, potters, and
furniture stores. Mogo is also a centre for the
Aboriginal population of the area.
Mogo is home to the Mogo Zoo, a private zoo
specializing in breeding programs for
endangered species. Although small in
comparison to metropolitan zoos, Mogo Zoo is
home to many exotic species, such as the red
panda and the snow leopard, the latter of which
was successfully bred at Mogo Zoo in 1999.
Mogo Zoo also participates in programs with
other Australian zoos, and its collection of
animals changes regularly.