Orana Wildlife Park is New Zealand's only open-range zoo spanning across 80 hectares of land. It is located on the outskirts of Christchurch. It opened in 1976 and is owned and operated by the Orana Wildlife Trust, a registered charity. The aims of the Trust are to provide quality recreational opportunities for local people and visitors to Christchurch; conserve endangered native and exotic wildlife; educate visitors (especially children) about environmental and conservation issues, and support research relating to endangered animals.
Located right outside of central Christchurch, the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve is a conservation and wildlife park that hosts exotic animal species and animals endemic to New Zealand. The Willowbank Wildlife Reserve is also known for its kiwi, New Zealand’s famous endangered national bird, breeding program. It is also the only facility outside a government-operated conservatory to have a pair of the rare takahe bird on display.