Kinwah the Tiger plays with a basketball in his pool at Mogo Zoo.

Kinwah the Tiger plays with a basketball in his pool at Mogo Zoo. Photo: Rohan Thomson

Fancy a mashed fruit icy pole? How about a turkey and gore flavoured paddle pop?

Holidaymaking Canberrans weren't the only ones diving for the ice blocks as the South Coast sweated through a 34-degree day.

Keepers at the Mogo Zoo brought out frozen fare for their charges; fruit mixtures for guys like the siamangs, from the gibbon family, and meaty treats for the carnivores.

Kinwah the Tiger plays with a basketball in his pool at Mogo Zoo. Click for more photos

Cold comfort at Mogo Zoo

Kinwah the Tiger plays with a basketball in his pool at Mogo Zoo. Photo: Rohan Thomson

  • Kinwah the Tiger plays with a basketball in his pool at Mogo Zoo.
  • Sumatran Tiger, Senja, with blood on her mouth after enjoying a frozen blood/turkey treat in the hot weather.
  • A lion approaches a frozen turkey treat at Mogo Zoo.
  • Snow the White Lion.
  • Kinwah the Tiger cools off in the pool.
  • Snow the White Lion enjoys a frozen blood/turkey treat to cool off at Mogo Zoo.
  • A Sumatran Tiger cools off with a frozen turkey treat in the hot weather.
  • Congo the African Lion.
  • Patak the 18 month old Siamang with his 31 year old mother, Fern.
  • The Saimangs enjoy a frozen fruit treat.
  • The Saimangs enjoy a frozen fruit treat.
  • One of the Siamangs in the sun.

Kinwah, the hand-raised tiger, cooled off in a wading pool with his turkey-meat-and-blood ice block, deflating a basketball on his teeth in the process.

And if Tunku the siamang ever gets tired of being one of Mogo Zoo's attractions she could try her paw as a wharfie down at the Batemans Bay marina.

A tinnie bearing fruit ice blocks was a welcome sight at the apes' island as the siamangs kept cool on Saturday - so much so Tunku helped bring it in and jumped on board.

Sumatran Tiger, Senja, with blood on her mouth after enjoying a frozen blood/turkey treat in the hot weather.

Sumatran Tiger, Senja, with blood on her mouth after enjoying a frozen blood/turkey treat in the hot weather. Photo: Rohan Thomson

Her 18-month-old baby brother, Batak, stuck close to their mother Fern who defied expectations to produce her youngest child in her early 30s. Fern's now 31 but the siamang life expectancy is into their mid-30s.

''She [Fern] is really amazing,'' animal operations manager Paul Whitehorn said. ''Generally everybody would have thought she was past reproduction by now, but then she pops out another one.'' Little Batak will certainly be her last.

Elsewhere mother and daughter Sumatran tigers Soreya and Senja cooled off by the pool and Snow's white lion cubs hung out in the shade of a tree.

Mr Whitehorn said the summer season had been a good one for the zoo. ''Every time they (people) come here there's something new, something different,'' he said.

''There's lion cubs, there's baby lemurs, there are plenty of youngsters around.''