||Natureland Zoo's walk-through aviary provides a natural environment for a variety of Australian bird species. Most of our native birds face similar problems which include competition for their food, introduced mammalian predators and the destruction of their habitat.
used to be called the Dark Continent because so much of
it remained mysterious to Europeans. Many strange and wonderful
animals came out of Africa to be paraded in the zoological
gardens of Europe. The first giraffe in London created an
uproar with many people refusing to believe that such an
animal could exist, despite the evidence of their own eyes.
anthropologists believe that humans first evolved in Africa, so
at a very basic level we are kin to the wonderful diversity of
large mammals that used to roam the interior. Tragically, human
population pressure and poorly controlled commercial exploitation
have led to the extinction of many African animals and many others
are still coming under increasing threat.
is the dry continent and many of the animals inhabiting
its arid interior have adapted to cope with the conditions.
Because Australia has initiated its own programs for endangered
animals, Natureland Zo maintains only a few common species
for display and educational purposes.
is New Zealand's nearest neighbour and the prevailing winds often
bring wildlife vagrants here. Amongst the birds, the white-faced
heron, the spur-winged plover and the royal spoonbill have all
made New Zealand their home within the past 50 years.
America probably holds the bulk of the Earth's biodiversity.
The Amazon Basin's biological riches are only just beginning
to be appreciated, at a time when the destruction of the rainforest
continues at an alarming rate.
Partly because a rainforest habitat would be difficult and expensive
South American fauna do not figure prominently in our collection.
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