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.
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.