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GoSee TravelSmart Club members win rare wildlife experiences in February prize draw

March 16, 2012
GoSee TravelSmart Club members win rare wildlife experiences in February prize draw

The February TravelSmart Club Members prizes reflect commitment to the protection and preservation of threatened animals on both sides of the Tasman.

Winners are Finley Mason, Turitea, Palmerston North New Zealand, David Field North Park - Manukau NZ and in Australia John Hansen, of Box Hill New South Wales.

In New Zealand's South Island Orana Wildlife Park, Christchurch, provides the family pass prizes.

www.GoSeeNewZealand.co.nzhas 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.

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.

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.

Sixteen scheduled animal feeds occur daily and are accompanied by a presentation from a wildlife guide.

This means Orana Wildlife Park has something to keep visitors of all ages entertained for the entire day.

Orana's unique and exciting animal encounters are a park specialty and get visitors up close in a unique experience. Stroll through an alpine themed aviary for close views of New Zealand Kea the worlds only mountain parrot.

Guests will also view the antics of many other amazing animals such as Apes, Monkeys, Meerkats, Otters, Porcupines and Wild Dogs.

The Parks extensive native fauna collection features Kiwi as well as a range of other endemic birds such as Tui, Bellbird, Kereru and Kakariki.

The Park is home to one of the most comprehensive public collections of native geckos. Guided tours occur daily and visitors can ride on Orana's complimentary Safari Shuttle, join a guided walkabout tour and/or meander around the Park at their leisure.

Set in 80 hectares Orana is New Zealands only open range zoo. Orana Wildlife Park is located within 15 minutes drive of Christchurch Airport as GoSee found on a recent visit.

Over 400 animals, representing more than 70 species, are displayed at Orana Wildlife Park. 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.

www.oranawildlifepark.co.nz

Orana Wildlife Park Christchurch Giraffe feeding
Orana Wildlife Park Christchurch Giraffe feeding

In Australia Mogo Zoo double pass winner is John Hansen, of Box Hill New South Wales.

Founded on the vision of Bill and Sally Padey who got things rolling in 1989 Mogo Zoo is a founding member of the Australasian Species Management Program and plays a leading role in various breeding programs. Like Orana Wildlife Park in Christchurch Mogo Zoo's core focus is it is committed to the survival of endangered species.

In July 2006 the zoo successfully bred two white lion cubs. Since then Mogo Zoo has developed an internationally recognised white lion breeding program

Mogo Zoo says white lions occur naturally in the wild but do not live long lives. White is too conspicuous a shade in their native environment for that. But there are greater dangers to the survival of beautiful animals than occur in the wild.

Mogo Zoo is about conservation and preservation and in today's imperfect world it is a task which really challenges. On the dark side illegal animal trade could mean that a white lion skin changes hands for up to $300,000.

The zoo's conservation work in relation to the endangered Red Panda is also recognised internationally.

Mogo is not government funded and relies heavily on business sponsorship. Mogo Zoo is out of the ordinary with staff who, know love and want to share their fascination with beautiful animals.

The feeling is catching and people came to Mogo Zoo to learn about unique animals like the white lions. You can help too by going to see the white lions and their friends when you next GoSee to the NSW South Coast. Mogo Zoo at 222 Tomakin Rd, Mogo is minutes (10km) south of the water world of Batemans Bay on the NSW South Coast.

The zoo recommends a minimum of two hours for a visit. Visit are best planned to include keeper talks and feeding sessions which start at *10.30 am and 1.45 pm each day. *Times may vary during school holiday periods. Mogo Zoo at 222 Tomakin Rd, Mogo is minutes (10km) south of the holiday water world of Batemans Bay on the NSW South Coast

www.mogozoo.com.au

white lion
white lion

The Australian winner of six sheets of TechniIce HDR $39.95 INCL postage is Paul Gibb, of Brisbane, Queensland. TechniIce is a high-tech multi-purpose product that can be used as either a sheet of ice or a heat pack. It comes in a light, flat sheet that expands into a 24-cell ice pack by just adding water.

When used as recommended, TechniIce stays frozen for days - six times longer than ice and three times longer than gel packs and most other ice packs when used in the same volumes. Besides a cold pack TechniIce also doubles as a heat pack.

The same sheet of Techniice can be used as both a hot pack and cool pack. Designed in Australia, TechniIce has become a big hit with outdoor enthusiasts.

Established 26 years ago, it was only in recent years that Global National Australia (the company behind the TechniIce Company and their 5-16 day Iceboxes, Esky and reusable dry icepacks) decided to make their commercial quality outdoor products available to the public.

www.techniice.com

As a registered member of the GoSee TravelSmart Club members have access to additional features which include travel aids and informatio n, full international GoSee forum links and monthly prizes.

Editors Note: The GoSee TravelSmart prizes are not redeemable during peak periods and accommodation is subject to availability. To be eligible for the monthly draws new TravelSmart members must supply their full contact details.

The TravelSmart option button is on the left of the Home Page. Click TravelSmart Good Stuff.

Membership is free. To join click GoSee TravelSmart Club. At Bottom right click Join the GoSee TravelSmart Club. Knock in your details. Enter the verification word and click save.

TechniIce HDR use in sheets or cut off separate cubes
TechniIce HDR use in sheets or cut off separate cubes
Garth with Meerkat mate at Mogo Zoo 10km south of Batemans Bay
Garth with Meerkat mate at Mogo Zoo 10km south of Batemans Bay
Lions on top Orana Wildlife Park Lion Encounter
Lions on top Orana Wildlife Park Lion Encounter
Silvery Gibbon among  most endangered primates. Mogo Zoo  023
Silvery Gibbon among most endangered primates. Mogo Zoo 023
Black and White Ruffed Lemurs are gentle residents at Orana
Black and White Ruffed Lemurs are gentle residents at Orana
Sumatran Tigers have webbed feet. Mogo Zoo. 035
Sumatran Tigers have webbed feet. Mogo Zoo. 035
Rhino at short range Orana Wildlife Park Christchurch
Rhino at short range Orana Wildlife Park Christchurch
The Oriental small-clawed otter. Mogo Zoo. 039
The Oriental small-clawed otter. Mogo Zoo. 039
Kids  love Orana Wildlife Park calf feed time
Kids love Orana Wildlife Park calf feed time
Pygmy Marmoset is the smallest monkey. Mogo Zoo. IMG 2933
Pygmy Marmoset is the smallest monkey. Mogo Zoo. IMG 2933
Cheetah Encounter Orana Wildlife Park, Christchurch.
Cheetah Encounter Orana Wildlife Park, Christchurch.
The intelligent Chimpanzee. Mogo Zoo. 065
The intelligent Chimpanzee. Mogo Zoo. 065
Orana Wildlife Park, Christchurch Kiwi.
Orana Wildlife Park, Christchurch Kiwi.
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