Project: Orana Park
This surveying project helped Orana Park establish their Great Ape Centre, home of New Zealand’s only troop of gorillas.
Orana Park is home to Futaki, Fuzu and Mahali, New Zealand’s only troop of gorillas. Their arrival signalled Orana Park’s commitment to the international zoo-based breeding programme for critically endangered species. To accommodate their new arrivals, Orana Park embarked on one of their most ambitious projects to date; the Great Ape Centre. Fox and Associates were enlisted to provide a detailed topographical survey of the site, giving Orana Park the most accurate data possible to help them with their project.
Services included topographical surveys, UAV aerial surveys, the output of 3D terrain models and a comprehensive database.
This project began by conducting a topographical land survey of the site and its infrastructure. We then ground marked the park’s infrastructure using our Altus LRX RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft System), which allowed us to obtain high resolution photographs and produce ortho-rectified photographs of the 108ha Park.
With the data retrieved during these topographical and aerial UAV surveys, we provided Orana Park with a 3D terrain model as well as a comprehensive database, which will help them plan the development and expansion of this impressive facility.
Through topographical and UAV aerial surveying, we helped Orana Park create a long-term legacy for Christchurch, as well as the Gorilla population worldwide.
To learn more about the project, read our blog Creating Legacies That Go Beyond Land.
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