Around 10km south of Batemans Bay, this good private zoo has white lions and an enthralling troop of gorillas, as well as tigers, cheetahs, snow leopards and giraffes (feed them for an extra $10).

The zoo centres on conservation both in its displays and at keepers' talks, to educate visitors about threats to the native environments of the wildlife housed within.

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