Queenstown wildlife park adding reptile wing

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Ancient tuataras and critically-endangered Otago and Grand skinks will be housed in a new reptile wing at Queenstown’s Kiwi Birdlife Park.

Construction will start soon on the environmentally-friendly 60sq m building, which local tourism operator Ziptrek Ecotours and building supplies provider ITM Southern Lakes are helping to fund.

Tuatara, New Zealand’s living dinosaurs, can easily live to be over 100 years old.

The Otago and Grand skinks, meanwhile, are NZ’s largest lizards.

Kiwi Birdlife Park assistant park manager Nicole Kunzmann says the new wing will enable them to “contribute to important conservation projects as well as showcasing NZ’s amazing reptiles to our local community and visitors”.