Orana Wildlife Park - Latest News [Page 2]

Orana Wildlife Park Duathlon Goes into the Twilight Zone

Thursday, 17 December 2015, 3:46 pm | Orana Wildlife Park

The fourth event of the Sovereign Tri Series is fast approaching and it’s a wild one – racing through stunning Canterbury countryside and finishing amongst the amazing animals of Orana Wildlife Park in the Christchurch Duathlon but there is ... More >>

A Tall Order – First of Two Giraffes On The Move to Orana

Thursday, 26 November 2015, 3:52 pm | Orana Wildlife Park

Orana Wildlife Park is transferring two lofty lasses, young female giraffes, from Auckland Zoo as part of the zoo-based breeding programme for these majestic animals. Currently, one animal, Shira (2), is on board the 25,000 tonne SHANSI, embarking ... More >>

Orana-bred kiwi to be released to the wild

Thursday, 1 October 2015, 2:58 pm | Orana Wildlife Park

Two young Brown kiwi bred at Orana Wildlife Park last breeding season, will be transferred to the wild in the Tongaririo Forest tomorrow morning. Spot (male) and Nui (female) aged 9 and 10 months respectively are two of nine kiwi from Orana being released ... More >>

NZ’s First Gorillas at Home at Orana

Thursday, 30 July 2015, 2:07 pm | Orana Wildlife Park

New Zealand’s only gorilla group has settled into their new home at Orana Wildlife Park and are now ready to meet the public! Fataki (12), Fuzu (7) and their half-brother, Mahali (6), arrived in mid-June. They have completed quarantine and Park staff have ... More >>

Valentine Baby at Orana

Thursday, 19 February 2015, 4:26 pm | Orana Wildlife Park

After a mammoth 17 month gestation, white rhinoceros Tamu (12) gave Orana Wildlife Park staff a perfect ending to Valentine’s Day, delivering a 50kg calf at 11pm that night! All going to plan, the yet to be named youngster will make his first ... More >>

Confident Cubs Make Public Appearance

Thursday, 12 February 2015, 2:24 pm | Orana Wildlife Park

Four delightful, three month old, cheetah cubs will move on display at Orana Wildlife Park tomorrow. Matata, Kanzi, Gorse and Nia (3 boys and 1 girl) have received their inoculations so are now ready to venture outside on a regular basis. More >>

Christmas Comes Early to Orana

Tuesday, 23 December 2014, 1:10 pm | Orana Wildlife Park

Orana Wildlife Park staff are celebrating the silly season one day early by planning a day of fun, festive themed enrichment activities for the animals. Starting from 10.15am a range of interesting feed items will be given to different animals throughout ... More >>

Devilish New Exhibit at Orana Wildlife Park

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 5:06 pm | Orana Wildlife Park

Tasmanian devils have arrived in Christchurch! Evelyn, Harris, Brodie and Pumba (all aged 3) were transferred from Healesville Sanctuary (near Melbourne) last week. The animals have been introduced to their new home, New Zealand’s largest Tasmanian ... More >>

Curious Young Kea Venture Outdoors at Orana

Wednesday, 10 December 2014, 3:23 pm | Orana Wildlife Park

Three rowdy kea chicks will move on public display for the first time at Orana Wildlife Park tomorrow. The three month old birds have recently fledged and along with their parents will be moved to the Park’s 352 square metre walk-through aviary. Park ... More >>

Orana launches biggest ever fundraising campaign

Friday, 19 September 2014, 11:08 am | Orana Wildlife Park

One quarter of a million gorilla themed envelope mailers that have been in storage for four years will see the light of day this weekend! Orana will launch a public fundraising campaign this weekend via distribution of the mailers. More >>

Orana Wildlife Park: Yakety Yak

Wednesday, 20 August 2014, 5:24 pm | Orana Wildlife Park

Five Tibetan Yaks are the latest addition to Orana Wildlife Park. The impressive shaggy animals arrived today and will be on public display tomorrow morning. More >>

Kiwi Chick Given Helping Hand to Hatch

Friday, 8 August 2014, 10:46 am | Orana Wildlife Park

The native bird breeding season is underway early at Orana Wildlife Park. The first animal to hatch was a delightful kiwi chick. Alyssa Salton, Head Keeper of Native Fauna, says: “We are delighted that a healthy chick has arrived so early in the ... More >>

Orana Gears up for Great Apes

Friday, 4 July 2014, 3:57 pm | Orana Wildlife Park

Orana Wildlife Park is embarking upon the most ambitious project in its 37 year history – a $6M Great Ape Centre for gorillas and orang-utans. Construction commences next week and is due for completion in March 2015! Chief Executive, Lynn Anderson, ... More >>

Spot you later – Orana cats become capital cheetah

Thursday, 22 May 2014, 2:07 pm | Orana Wildlife Park

Next Wednesday (28 May) Orana Wildlife Park farewells Cango and Shomari, two hand-raised cheetah. The five-year-old boys will be transferred to Wellington Zoo to join the Cheetah Ambassador Programme. Head Keeper of Exotic Mammals, Rob Clifford, says: ... More >>

Exquisite Rare Equines Move to Zoo

Wednesday, 26 February 2014, 2:50 pm | Orana Wildlife Park

Orana Wildlife Park will welcome a rare horse breed called the Gypsy Vanner tomorrow. “Gypsy Vanners have immense beauty. They are mystical, fairy-tale like animals and totally different to other domestic horses. They are characterised by their magnificent ... More >>

Cute Cheetah Cubs at Orana

Wednesday, 18 December 2013, 4:23 pm | Orana Wildlife Park

“Boo” and “Lion” two affectionately nick-named male cheetah cubs will make their first, albeit brief, public appearance tomorrow morning when they receive their six-week inoculation. The cubs will be on public display for the Christmas Holidays ... More >>

First Outing to Swim School for Feisty Whio Ducklings

Wednesday, 13 November 2013, 6:31 pm | Orana Wildlife Park

Tomorrow afternoon, Orana Wildlife Park’s six fluffy whio (blue duck) ducklings will have their first outdoor adventure and take to the pool. The fifteen day old ducklings are the first clutch of whio to be reared at Orana in eight years! More >>

Orana to re-open tomorrow after 10 day closure

Friday, 20 September 2013, 3:48 pm | Orana Wildlife Park

Orana Wildlife Park staff are delighted to confirm that the Park will officially re-open tomorrow. The Park has been closed for ten days as a result of the gale force wind storm last Tuesday. More >>

Orana’s Grand Old Lady Passes

Tuesday, 17 September 2013, 4:21 pm | Orana Wildlife Park

Orana Wildlife Park staff and volunteers are mourning the loss of Nathalie the giraffe who died overnight. Aged 25 years, Nathalie was the second giraffe to be born at Orana Wildlife Park. She produced six calves of her own and therefore made a valuable ... More >>

Orana’s Fanana Makes First Appearance

Monday, 5 August 2013, 12:52 pm | Orana Wildlife Park

Orana Wildlife Park’s future breeding bull giraffe will make his first public appearance tomorrow. He is called Fanana and is 11 months old. He was transferred from Taronga Western Plains Zoo (Dubbo, Australia) last month and has completed his 30-day quarantine ... More >>