One of the key roles of a modern zoo is conservation advocacy, educating visitors on the plight of the animals in our care whilst delivering messages outlining how people can become involved. Orana is used as a “living classroom”, providing curriculum-linked educational experiences (endorsed by the Ministry of Education) that encourage children to act responsibly towards the environment. Interpretation at animal exhibits is critical in conveying conservation information to visitors, demonstrating how they can assist. Orana’s interpretation includes daily presentations (animal feeds/guided tours) with specific ‘take home conservation messages’ combined with exhibit signage.
Our participation in international breeding programmes is the reason that Orana Wildlife Park exists, but the animals have a greater role to play than the insurance population they provide for those in the wild, greater even than the breed-for-release programmes many are a part of. These animals show us all how we impact on the planet's biodiversity and how important it is to preserve it - for the animals and oursleves. Through more than a dozen daily presentations, numerous activities and educational resources, Orana Wildlife Park staff provide visitors with simple, daily actions to save the animals we cherish.
Orana Wildlife Park participates in international campaigns and community education programmes that seek to inform our visitors and encourage the behaviour changes that will preserve the environment for future generations to enjoy.