Three orangutans from Auckland Zoo have been transported to their new home in Christchurch.
Three orangutans have moved to Orana Wildlife Park.
The orangutans, 36-year-old Charlie, 29-year-old Melur and 38-year-old Wanita will stay in Christchurch for two years while a new area for the animals is built at Auckland Zoo.
These are the only orangutans in the country, and this is the first time orangutans have ever been in the South Island.
An Auckland Zoo staff member will work alongside Orana Wildlife Park staff for the two year period.
Orana’s chief executive Lynn Anderson said the animals were tired after their journey but had settled in well.
The orangutans would be on display from today, but would be kept inside until next week.