Project Rhino


Rhinos could be extinct in our lifetime. In Africa, a rhino is killed on average every 6 hours for its horn! There are more rhinos killed than there are born. Unless we act now, rhinos may be extinct within 10 years.

As New Zealand’s only open range zoo, Orana Wildlife Park in Christchurch is a key player in a major global effort to help save rhinos from extinction. We have partnered with two Australian open range zoos and a charity called Project Rhino to expand the managed rhino breeding population in Australia and NZ. This will involve transferring approximately 35 animals from Africa to maintain a genetically diverse insurance population in our safe countries (NZ and Australia).

Orana Wildlife Park is in the process of constructing a $1.8M White Rhino Conservation Centre that will house and breed more rhinos in Christchurch and quarantine (for up to 1 year) all animals from Africa destined for our Australian partners. Some rhinos from each import will remain at Orana to build the genetic diversity of our herd.


Orana is a registered charity raising 100% of funds for all developments. Rhinos need us all for their survival.

 Donate now:

To make a donation towards The White Rhino Conservation Centre, please contact us 03 359 7109 or or donate via GiveaLittle.

Alternatively you can donate directly into our bank account. If you make a payment please email with your name and address. Please use Project Rhino and your name as references. We will then send you a donation receipt.

Our bank account details are:

Westpac Bank, Westfield Riccarton Branch

030823 0350554 000

Your donation will help us contribute to conservation on an international scale. 

Thanks for being a friend of Orana.


Learn more about Project Rhino here




Thanks to our friends at One to One Hundred for these amazing renders





We gratefully acknowledge the following organisations for their generous contribution to our White Rhino Conservation Centre at Orana Wildlife Park that will contribute to conservation on a global basis.



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