Queenstown’s Kiwi Birdlife Park is expanding its collection of rare and endangered wildlife, investing in a new native reptile wing to house tuatara and the critically endangered Otago and Grand skinks.

Leading eco-tourism operator Ziptrek Ecotours and building supplies provider ITM Southern Lakes have provided financial support for the building as the new wing’s major sponsors.

Due to start construction shortly, one of the highlights of the new project will be a state-of-the-art tuatara enclosure providing a modern, long-term home for these native animals that can easily live for more than 100 years.

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