9 days ago
The #birds in New Zealand never fail to amaze me especially as they all have such strong personalities. We’re partly leaving black and white photography behind for a few days while relaxing in Christchurch and visiting the #oranawildlifepark #zoo as I like to celebrate the colours of our wonderful #wildlife on this #planet 🦁What were you doing at 6 years old? #christchurchnz (Day 28/29) 👍Two🇬🇧Blokes on the Road👋 Travelling around #newzealand in my #campervan ! Some of my favourite photos of that particular adventure! New Zealand’s diversity and beauty! #photography #photographer #photographers #liacoppaboss Orana Wildlife Park is New Zealand's only open-range zoo, sitting on 80 hectares of land, located on the outskirts of Christchurch. It opened in 1976, and is owned and operated by the Orana Wildlife Trust, a registered charity. The aims of the Trust are to provide quality recreational opportunities for local people and visitors to Christchurch; conserve endangered native and #exotic wildlife; educate visitors (especially children) about environmental and conservation issues; and support research relating to endangered animals. Orana generates over 95% of its income through gate takings and other trading activities. Fundraising is an essential focus; Orana must separately raise 100% of funds for all capital projects, improvements and animal transfers. Funds have been donated from a variety of sources, including philanthropic trusts, private donors and bequests. As at 2017, over $15M has been raised to develop the Park. All buildings and enclosures have been built in-house (except the Great Ape Centre). Many local businesses have assisted in the Park's construction by donating materials, consultancy and equipment.
It has more than 400 animals across 70 species.
The park offers close encounters with some of its animals, including hand-feeding the giraffes, and a lion encounter where you can ride through the lion reserve in a truck-mounted cage during feeding time. The keeper feeds the cats from within the vehicle, and they often jump on top of the cage, giving you a unique view of these magnificent animals. at Canterbury, New Zealand