Brisbane Zoo lights up, Phoenix Zoo lights down for the night as the city braces for the heatwave

A crowd of thousands has gathered at the Brisbane Zoo in the city’s north this evening to celebrate the zoo’s opening night.

In total, more than 5,000 people attended the opening night, according to Queensland Ambulance Service.

The zoo opened on Monday night and is the first in Australia to feature a rotating cast of animal characters.ABC News’ Amanda Moseley reports from Brisbane.