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GoSeeNewZealand joins Orana Wildlife Park Lemur conservation to become a monkeys uncle

September 14, 2011
GoSeeNewZealand joins Orana Wildlife Park Lemur conservation to become a monkeys uncle now a monkey's uncle. GoSeeNewZealand has joined Orana Wildlife Parks, Christchurch, Adopt an Animal program with a Black and White Ruffed Lemur adoption. The program is open to Individuals, families, school groups, clubs societies and businesses. All donations over $5 are tax deductible.

Adoption funds go towards the costs of food, veterinary care, breeding programs and maintenance of the animals' homes.

GoSee NewZealand's sister website sponsors White Lion conservation through a similar adoption program at Mogo Zoo. Mogo Zoo is a privately owned zoo 10km south of Batemans Bay in the picturesque and historic gold mining village of Mogo on New South Wales South Coast, Australia.

The white lions are a big attraction during school holidays.

Lemurs come from Madagascar. They are an endangered species as forest clearing, agriculture, logging and mining is destroying their habitat. Orana Wildlife Park is part of the international zoo-based breeding program for the species.

Orana Wildlife Park sets out to educate people on the plight of these beautiful animals and to secure a genetically sound back-up population should anything happen to all of the wild Lemurs.

Hazel Stone of Orana Wildlife Park says - We feed the Lemurs during a popular daily public presentation. We use this opportunity to deliver a conservation message to our visitors of what they can do to help this species in the wild.

Since Lemurs are affected by habitat loss we ask our visitors to be responsible consumers.

For example check that timber products have the Forest Stewardship Council logo to prove it is from a sustainable resource, she said.

Editors Note: FSC certification is a voluntary, market-based tool that supports responsible forest management worldwide. FSC certified forest products are verified from the forest of origin through the supply chain. The FSC label ensures that the forest products used are from responsibly harvested and verified sources.

We currently have four Black and White Ruffed Lemurs at the park. Rumel and Jerry are the parents of Ala and Afo, who were born here in 1998, Hazel Stone said.

Ala, who was once the bottom of the group, is now the first to approach visitors during our unique encounters where visitors get to hand feed these gentle primates,she said.

Lemurs are primitive primates. They have evolved into at least 40 species. They are largely vegetarians and their society is dominated by the females. Orana Wildlife Park has two species, Ringtailed Lemur and Black and White Ruffed Lemur. Ruffed Lemurs are known as the Dogs of the Forest because of their loud barking call.

Lemurs need  us to be responsible consumers
Lemurs need us to be responsible consumers

Orana Wildlife Park, Christchurch is New Zealand's only Open Range zoo.

Orana Wildlife Park is operated by Orana Wildlife Trust, a registered charity, which also runs Natureland Zoo in Nelson. Both wildlife attractions are not-for-profit organisations. The Trust also owned and operated Southern Encounter Aquarium Kiwi House (Cathedral Square, Christchurch) until the facility was closed indefinitely following a 6.3 magnitude earthquake that struck Christchurch.

The Orana Wildlife Park has been developed as an open range sanctuary for endangered animals, providing them with enclosures as close to their natural habitat as possible.

More than 400 animals from 70 different species are displayed. Conservation is one of the Park's core missions and the name Orana is the Maori word for welcome or place of refuge.

Orana Wildlife Park is internationally recognised for its involvement in captive breeding programs for endangered exotic animals, as well as New Zealand's own rare fauna.

Kiwi conservation is of major importance at Orana Wildlife Park and the North Island brown kiwi is bred at Orana Wildlife Park in the kiwi breeding unit. The North Island kiwi is the least endangered of New Zealand's three kiwi species.

There is plenty for visitors to enjoy at Orana Wildlife Park with 15 daily animal feeds, one feed every 30 minutes while the park is open. Visitors can hand feed a Giraffe, see Orana's Sumatran Tigers search, leap or even climb a pole for their food, meet White Rhinoceros in a face-to-face encounter.

Thrill seekers can participate in a wonderful experience, unique to the Park called the Lion Encounter Ride - ride on board Orana's specially designed feeding wagon which travels through the African Lion Habitat for close up views of the King of Beasts.

Black and White Ruffed Lemurs are gentle residents at Orana
Black and White Ruffed Lemurs are gentle residents at Orana

Perhaps the most significant conservation work now being done by the Park is the involvement in breed for release captive recovery programs for endangered New Zealand waterfowl (blue duck and brown teal) as well as North Island brown kiwi. Blue duck and brown teal bred at the Park have regularly been released to the wild.

Internationally, Orana Wildlife Park is known for its breeding programs for Rothschild's giraffe, southern white rhinoceros, cheetah, scimitar-horned oryx and sable antelope.

Orana Wildlife Park on McLeans Island Road, Harewood is 10 minutes from Christchurch Airport and 25 minutes from Christchurch CBD.

Open daily 10am until 5pm. Last entrance is 4.30pm. Closed Christmas Day.

Admission Prices: Adults $25. Senior Citizens $21. Students - Student ID required $21.

Children (5-14 years) $8.

Please note: children must be accompanied by an adult.

Pre-Schoolers FREE.

Concession (2 Adults up to 3 Children) $58.

Orana is  part of  Lemur international breeding program
Orana is part of Lemur international breeding program