Endangered Colour with Orana Wildlife Park and OPPO

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Endangered Colour

New Zealand is vibrant with a rainbow of native colours. But sadly, some of the precious species that add to the beauty of Aotearoa are endangered.

OPPO has partnered with Orana Wildlife Trust to capture a few endangered animals through the lens of OPPO’s Find X3 Pro to awaken colour today and protect it for tomorrow.

This partnership stems from OPPO’s global storytelling partnership with National Geographic aimed at raising awareness for a variety of endangered animals across the globe.

Orana Wildlife Trust is committed to the conservation of wildlife diversity, and it contributes to DOC recovery programmes for six threatened indigenous species. OPPO’s goal is to support them in their mission and shine a light on a few beloved animals that need help.

Join OPPO in supporting Orana Wildlife Trust and their conservation efforts to help endangered species in New Zealand.

New Zealand Geckos

There are approximately 44 species of New Zealand native geckos. The species is classified as ‘At Risk – Declining’ with an estimated population decline of 10-70%. Orana has one of the most comprehensive public collections of native gecko species. They are extremely long-lived and some live for over 50 years in the wild. Predation and habitat destruction are the man threats to their existence.

"The gecko was my personal favourite. Seeing them in their little environment and capturing their beautiful colours, it was great."

- Lance Wordsworth 

Kea

The kea is one of the most intelligent birds in the world and the only alpine parrots on the planet, but there are less than 7,000 remaining in the wild. Humans and introduced predators are the main threats to kea existence. Orana was approached by DOC and ZAA NZ to house a rehabilitated kea that could not survive if released back to the wild. The young bird now helps engage visitors in the plight of Kea and adds key genetics to the captive programme.

"When visitors come here, they get to see the animals up nice and close. Particularly in our walk-through Kea aviary, they can kind of really get close to the Kea. Kea are awesome, they’re incredibly intelligent birds, but they’re really endangered."

– Josh Brown

Maud Island Frog

Maud Island Frogs are restricted to just four small islands and the wild population is around 30,000. The Species is at extreme risk due to predation, habitat destruction, disease and climate change. They are one of the longest-lived frogs in the world and have very few relatives. They are considered evolutionarily distinct and are globally endangered. Orana’s state-of-the-art research facility replicates the wild environment on Maud Island in every respect and receives global attention from amphibian specialists.

"Our new facility replicates Maud Island in a lab habitat. The temperature on the island is the exact same in the lab as it is on the island and when it’s raining there, it’s raining in the lab as well. We’re trying to recreate the frog’s home as much as possible to make them nice and comfortable."

– Josh Brown

Lance Wordsworth

Lance Wordsworth is a photographer and cinematographer based in Auckland, New Zealand.

Passionate about what he does, Lance’s work has taken him to over 40 countries, working for some of the biggest companies and artists the world has to offer.

Lance has captured a few endangered species in all their beauty to create an opportunity for people to reconnect with nature and all the colours in it.

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