By Kylie Stevens For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 04:54 GMT, 1 March 2020 | Updated: 04:54 GMT, 1 March 2020
Mogo Zoo has reopened its doors to the public just two months after a raging bushfire threatened to burn it to the ground.
An 'apocalyptic' blaze crossed the Princes Highway on the New South Wales south coast and surrounded the wildlife park on New Year's Eve, putting 200 animals in danger.
Park director Chad Staples and 15 staff put their own lives on the line as they battled for hours to defend the zoo by dousing the grounds with hundreds of thousands of litres of water as the inferno approached.
Mogo Zoo director Chad Staples (holding Phoenix the lion cub) celebrates the park's reopening with local MP Andrew Constance (second left) NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian (seocnd right) and NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons (far right)
The zoo and its 200 animals were in grave danger from bushfires on New Year's Eve
Thanks to the desperate efforts of zoo staff, all animals escaped the blaze unscathed.
The youngest survivor was a seven-day-old lion cub who has since been named Phoenix to symbolise the extraordinary recovery the zoo has made since.
An official reopening ceremony for dignitaries was held on Saturday before locals and tourists flocked to the Sunday's free reopening to the public.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons were among those in attendance on Saturday, where Phoenix the lion cub lapped up all the attention.