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“Bonjour“ To Suka, Orana‘s New Male Siamang

Thursday, 3 August 2023, 3:00 pm | Orana Wildlife Park

Orana Wildlife Park is excited to announce the arrival of Suka, a 9-year-old siamang gibbon, from Pairi Daiza Zoo in Belgium. Suka has completed quarantine and being introduced to the Park’s 10-year-old female, Basuki who is very excited with her ... More >>

Delightful Giraffe Calf Takes Big Strides Tomorrow

Monday, 9 January 2023, 4:13 pm | Orana Wildlife Park

Orana Wildlife Park is excited to announce that a beautiful three-week-old male giraffe calf will move on display for the first time tomorrow, Tuesday, 10 January . The yet-to-be-named calf is being assist-fed by our dedicated animal keepers. Orana’s ... More >>

Orana Staff Mourn The Loss Of Elderly Rhino

Wednesday, 15 June 2022, 5:17 pm | Orana Wildlife Park

Stumpy This morning, Orana Wildlife Park’s veterinary and animal management team made the agonising decision to euthanase Stumpy, a 40-year-old Southern White Rhinoceros, due to aged related health issues. Stumpy was transferred to Orana from Taronga Western ... More >>

Festive Themed Fun Day At The Zoo

Thursday, 23 December 2021, 11:36 am | Orana Wildlife Park

Orana Wildlife Park’s busy elves are preparing a cracker day to celebrate the festive season tomorrow. The zoo’s good animals will each receive their Christmas present one day early to enable visitors to be part of the fun. This is the Park’s ... More >>

World First Hip Replacement For Orana’s Tasmanian Devil

Wednesday, 10 November 2021, 2:09 pm | Orana Wildlife Park

Talei, a 3-year-old Tasmanian devil, is the first of his kind to have had a full hip replacement! Tomorrow (11 November at 1.30pm) Talei will have his final post-surgery visual check-up by Dr Warrick Bruce, a specialist orthopaedic veterinary surgeon, ... More >>

All Zoo Wants For Christmas, Is New Tigers

Tuesday, 22 December 2020, 8:41 am | Orana Wildlife Park

Orana Wildlife Park will unveil its newest additions this afternoon – two stunning Sumatran tigers! Reggie and Scout are the only tigers in the South Island. The 4-year-old big cats were transferred from Australia Zoo, arriving in Christchurch just over ... More >>

Founders of Orana Wildlife Park Celebrate 50 Years

Thursday, 29 October 2020, 10:07 am | Orana Wildlife Park

In July 1970, the South Island Zoological Society (SIZS) was formed with a vision to create a major wildlife park in Christchurch. Such an ambitious project captured the imagination of Canterbury people. Within weeks, the Society grew from the eight ... More >>

Ancient Amphibians Kickstart Key Conservation Project At Orana

Wednesday, 27 May 2020, 9:52 am | Orana Wildlife Park

Orana Wildlife Park is excited to welcome a brand new species to the zoo – Maud Island frogs. This is the first time Orana has ever held a native frog. Six male and eleven female frogs, ranging from 18 to 25 years of age, have moved to a purpose-designed ... More >>

Orana Staff Mourn The Loss Of Elderly Tiger

Friday, 14 February 2020, 3:38 pm | Orana Wildlife Park

Late yesterday afternoon, Orana Wildlife Park Animal Management and Veterinary staff made the agonising decision to euthanase Dumai, a 16-year-old Sumatran tiger, due to chronic renal failure. Dumai was the only tiger in the South Island. Park staff ... More >>

Fluffy Ducks for New Year

Monday, 30 December 2019, 9:01 pm | Orana Wildlife Park

We’re taking the ‘kids’ to the pool tomorrow – five delightful 18-day-old whio/blue duck ducklings will have their first swimming lesson at Orana Wildlife Park in the morning. Whio are hunting ducks, so the youngsters must learn to find ... More >>

Orang-utans’ Two Year Stay in Christchurch Ends Mid-January

Friday, 6 December 2019, 2:56 pm | Orana Wildlife Park

Orana Wildlife Park has had the privilege and delight of holding Auckland Zoo’s three Bornean orang-utans, Charlie, Melur and Wanita, for the past two years whilst a new home was created for them in Auckland. This fantastic partnership has been ... More >>

Pretty Kamili making friends at Orana

Tuesday, 3 December 2019, 8:49 am | Orana Wildlife Park

Kamili, a beautiful 20-month old female giraffe, arrived at Orana Wildlife Park last night. She was transferred from Perth Zoo, travelling almost 6,000km to Christchurch. She crossed the Nullarbor desert from Perth to Melbourne before embarking on a 7-day ... More >>

Handsome Tostada – Delightful New Male Monkey at Orana

Friday, 29 November 2019, 3:56 pm | Orana Wildlife Park

Introducing Orana Wildlife Park’s newest bachelor – Tostada, a 23 year old spider monkey. He’s 8kg of fur and muscle, dark and handsome (not so tall) and he’s already working his magic on his four new girls. More >>

Endangered Mudfish Move to Orana Wildlife Park

Tuesday, 26 November 2019, 2:09 pm | Orana Wildlife Park

Tomorrow, Department of Conservation (DOC) biodiversity rangers will transfer 100 endangered kōwaro/Canterbury mudfish from The Isaac Conservation and Wildlife Trust into a waterway at Orana Wildlife Park - alongside the cheetah habitat! These native ... More >>

One of the World’s Rarest Antelopes at Orana

Thursday, 26 April 2018, 1:42 pm | Orana Wildlife Park

The newest addition to Orana Wildlife Park is the critically endangered addax, a Saharan desert antelope with spectacular twisting horns. These animals are on the verge of extinction in the wild; their population is believed to be less than 100 ... More >>

Zoofari to benefit children in Canterbury and West Coast

Wednesday, 7 March 2018, 2:55 pm | Orana Wildlife Park

In 2015, The Warehouse and Orana Wildlife Park formed a partnership to extend ‘The Warehouse Zoofari’, enabling low decile schools from Christchurch, Ashburton, Timaru and Greymouth to take part in education programmes at the Christchurch zoo. Twelve ... More >>

Festive Fun Day at Orana

Friday, 22 December 2017, 3:13 pm | Orana Wildlife Park

Christmas will arrive one day early for Orana Wildlife Park’s 400 animals (don’t tell them). Keepers will play Santa and prepare a range of festive themed treats to hand out to all the ‘good’ animals on 24 December. From 10.30am various Christmas ... More >>

Orana Welcomes Orang-Utans From Auckland Zoo

Friday, 24 November 2017, 12:17 pm | Orana Wildlife Park

Orana Wildlife Park is home to New Zealand’s only gorillas … and now the country’s only orang-utans too ! More >>

Orana Joins Forces with Jane Goodall Institute NZ

Friday, 30 June 2017, 2:20 pm | Orana Wildlife Park

Orana Wildlife Park and the Jane Goodall Institute New Zealand (JGI NZ) are celebrating a new partnership whereby the Institute’s Roots & Shoots programme will be integrated at the Park. Dr Goodall will visit Orana tomorrow (Friday, 30 June) to ... More >>

The warehouse Zoofari continues at Orana!

Monday, 3 April 2017, 3:06 pm | Orana Wildlife Park

In 2015, The Warehouse and Orana Wildlife Park formed a partnership called The Warehouse ‘Zoofari’, to enable low decile schools from Christchurch, Ashburton, Timaru and Greymouth to take part in formal education programmes at the zoo. Throughout ... More >>





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