Orana Wildlife Trust is dedicated to environmental preservation and conservation of endangered species through involvement in captive breeding programmes.
Staff are proud to have madecontributions to conservation of New Zealand fauna including kiwi, blue duck, brown teal, antipodes island parakeet, tuatara and yellowhead. Internationally, Orana is known for its breeding programmes for Rothschild’s giraffe, southern white rhinoceros, cheetah, scimitar-horned oryx and sable antelope.
In this race against time to save species from becoming extinct, Natureland Zoo is an important link in the worldwide network of zoos and parks dedicated to the preservation of rare and endangered species. As a modern zoological park, Natureland ascribes to the World Zoo and Aquarium Conservation Strategy and is therefore dedicated to becoming involved in more in-situ (in the wild) conservation projects in the future.
Orana Wildlife Trust is a full institutional member of the following organisations: World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), the Australasian Regional Association of Zoological Parks and Aquaria (ARAZPA) and the New Zealand Conservation Management Group (NZCMaG), which is the New Zealand branch of ARAZPA. NZCMaG co-ordinates all the captive breeding programmes for New Zealand species on behalf of the Department of Conservation.
Orana is actively involved in recognised international and regional breeding programmes for most species displayed at the Zoo. Within such programmes, wildlife facilities either “breed” or “hold” any given species. Not all institutions can breed the same species as there are limited spaces to move offspring. Therefore, the role of a “holder” of an animal (examples at Orana include antipodes island parakeet, tuatara, otters and tigers) is to advocate for the conservation of that species and, if required, send animals to a breeding institution.