Orana Wildlife Park - Latest News [Page 3]

Flying Fanana ... A Quick Way to Orana

Thursday, 4 July 2013, 12:45 pm | Orana Wildlife Park

A nine month old giraffe calf named Fanana is en route to Christchurch. Orana’s future breeding bull was driven from Taronga Western Plains Zoo (Dubbo, Australia) to Sydney. He was then flown to Auckland and is currently being driven to Orana. ... More >>

Twenty year old Scimitar-horned Oryx Sperm used for AI

Wednesday, 12 June 2013, 5:18 pm | Orana Wildlife Park

Canadian sperm that has been in cold storage for over twenty years will be used tomorrow in an attempt to artificially inseminate a female scimitar-horned oryx at Orana Wildlife Park. The sperm was last used in the early 1990’s when Orana was the first institution ... More >>

Agonising Decision Made to Euthanise Cheetah Cubs

Thursday, 2 May 2013, 2:34 pm | Orana Wildlife Park

Orana Wildlife Park veterinary professionals and staff made the difficult decision to euthanise the three cheetah cubs this morning. The condition of the cubs, born on Saturday, fluctuated throughout the week but sadly all three animals deteriorated ... More >>

Cheetah Cubs Clinging to Life in Incubator

Monday, 29 April 2013, 12:04 pm | Orana Wildlife Park

Three cheetah cubs (2 males, 1 female), born at Orana Wildlife Park on Saturday afternoon, are fighting for their lives in incubators at Christchurch’s After Hours Veterinary Hospital. First time cheetah mother, Mazza (4) was herself born at the Park and she, ... More >>

Catch me if you can - Speed Queens arrive at Orana

Thursday, 18 April 2013, 2:32 pm | Orana Wildlife Park

Lusi (2) and Kiana (3), two young South African girls, are the latest addition to Orana Wildlife Park. The new arrivals bolster the Park’s cheetah population to thirteen animals (nine males and four females). More >>

Eggstra Special Effort for Easter

Thursday, 28 March 2013, 1:27 pm | Orana Wildlife Park

Orana Wildlife Park’s Primate Keepers are preparing to play Easter Bunny and on Sunday they will dish out some Easter themed treats to their animals. However, chocolate is off the menu owing to strict food requirements. More >>

Enrich them all Big or Small - Whole School Mucks in at Zoo

Thursday, 31 January 2013, 4:14 pm | Orana Wildlife Park

Loburn School students will kick-start their year by participating in rabbit poo ‘rake ups’, weeding kiwi aviaries and generally mucking in at Orana Wildlife Park. The whole school, comprising 170 students, will visit the Zoo tomorrow as part ... More >>

Cheetah Race Radar

Thursday, 20 December 2012, 2:04 pm | Orana Wildlife Park

The world’s fastest land mammal, the cheetah, will attempt to evade NZ Police speed radars at Orana Wildlife Park tomorrow. The Park is launching an updated version of a previously popular experience, the Cheetah Chase, in time for Christmas. The ... More >>

Baby Giraffe Born at Orana Wildlife Park

Monday, 26 November 2012, 11:44 am | Orana Wildlife Park

A ‘gorgeous’ giraffe calf was born early this morning at Orana Wildlife Park! Animal Collection Manager, Ian Adams, had the delight of finding the calf: “It is a strong and healthy calf and mother, Tunu, is doing really well too. The calf ... More >>

Meerkat Mania at Orana Wildlife Park

Thursday, 18 October 2012, 1:37 pm | Orana Wildlife Park

Five ‘super-friendly’, young, male meerkats are the latest addition to Orana Wildlife Park. They were transferred from Wellington Zoo on Tuesday as part of the zoo-based breeding programme for the species. The meerkats have settled in well and ... More >>

Awesome Arachnids at Orana

Wednesday, 18 July 2012, 3:19 pm | Orana Wildlife Park

Orana Wildlife Park’s Native Fauna Keepers are thrilled to be working with the Park’s latest new specimens - six sub-adult tarantulas. The spiders, too young to be sexed, arrived last week and have settled in nicely. Orana holds two animals ... More >>

Park Staff Mourn the Loss of Harold the Giraffe

Friday, 22 June 2012, 5:31 pm | Orana Wildlife Park

Orana Wildlife Park staff members are devastated by the sudden death of Harold, a 19-year-old male Giraffe, who died overnight. More >>

Orana to Withdraw from Operating Natureland Zoo

Wednesday, 13 June 2012, 11:32 am | Orana Wildlife Park

Orana Wildlife Trust has reluctantly advised the Nelson City Council of its decision to withdraw from operating Natureland Zoo this year. More >>

Snow Shuts Zoo

Thursday, 7 June 2012, 5:43 pm | Orana Wildlife Park

Yesterday’s snowfall has resulted in Orana Wildlife Park being closed until further notice. Staff members are hopeful of having the Park open again by next Saturday (16 June) making the closure one of the longest in the Park’s 36 year history. ... More >>

Quake Kiwi Ready for Release

Friday, 30 March 2012, 10:18 am | Orana Wildlife Park

This Sunday, Otautahi a Kiwi who hatched at Orana Wildlife Park, will be released to the wild in the Rimutaka Forest Park near Wellington. As an egg Otautahi was rocked about inside the incubator during last February’s 6.3 magnitude earthquake, but ... More >>

Orana Wildlife Park: Wild Referee

Tuesday, 28 February 2012, 1:42 pm | Orana Wildlife Park

Orana Wildlife Park’s Visitor Services Co-ordinator, Nicky Inwood, will switch focus this week from managing volunteers to becoming one. Rather than feeding Giraffes and enthusing visitors about rare wildlife, Nicky will concentrate on her ‘hobby’ ... More >>

Animals Adjust to Quakes at Orana Wildlife Park

Thursday, 29 December 2011, 5:23 pm | Orana Wildlife Park

Just like resilient Cantabrians some of Christchurch’s exotic residents living at Orana Wildlife Park have learned to adjust to the earthquakes that continue to hit the city. More >>

Orana turns 35!

Tuesday, 27 September 2011, 4:03 pm | Orana Wildlife Park

On Sunday (25 September) Orana Wildlife Park marked 35 years of operation. In that time, Orana has become an internationally recognised zoo and achieved many significant milestones. The past year however has been the toughest in the zoo’s history, according ... More >>

Cool Creatures

Friday, 19 August 2011, 2:13 pm | Orana Wildlife Park

Orana Wildlife Park staff are relieved that the Park will be able to re-open tomorrow following one of the longest periods of closure in its 35 year history. Orana has been shut since Monday as a result of the snowfall and the subsequent damage to trees ... More >>

Orana is open and kids can enter free this week!

Wednesday, 27 July 2011, 2:40 pm | Orana Wildlife Park

Despite the earthquakes and heavy snow, Orana Wildlife Park is open for business and during the school holidays (that end this Sunday) two children (5 to 14 years) can enter FREE with each paying adult. Whilst the Park was fortunate to re-open with ... More >>