Orana Wildlife Park

Sumatran Tiger

Orana Wildlife Park is on the outskirts of Christchurch city. It is New Zealand’s only open range sanctuary. Its core mission is conservation of endangered animals from New Zealand and other parts of the world. Over 400 animals are in a park-like setting, in enclosures as close to their natural habitat as possible.  Streams, moats and banks are used as barriers, to give visitors a mostly unobstructed view.  Feeding times are organised sequentially, so that in a day, visitors can have an encounter with all the groups of animals.

These are just some of the animals and birds that I saw, on a visit in September 2012.






Black and white lemur


Ringtailed lemur


Spider monkey


Rothschild’s giraffes


Giraffe eating wattle


Southern White rhinoceros


Rhinos in combat




Water buffalo


African lion






The next photos were taken in the ‘walk-through’ New Zealand Native Bird aviary, where it is possible to be very close to the birds while they are feeding.

Kakariki (red crowned parakeet)


Kereru (wood pigeon)


Whio (blue duck)






Kea’s wing flap

3 thoughts on “Orana Wildlife Park

  1. What a fantastic zoo! I love the thought of being so close to the animals and being able to interact with some of them on a more personal level. The cat photos are my favourites though, I love all cats, big and small. 🙂


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