Lucky visitors to Orokonui Ecosanctuary, near Dunedin, may
spot two young tuatara relaxing in the centre's new tuatara
The $5000 pen houses two 4-year-old tuatara from the
Southland Museum and Art Gallery.
On warm days they emerge from the pen's two tunnels - but
they were not budging when the Otago Daily Times visited at
feeding time yesterday.
General manager Chris Baillie said the viewing pen would
allow the public to get close to tuatara while a wild
population introduced to the sanctuary in October became
In about a year, it was hoped to build a track for the public
to visit the wild tuatara given by Ngati Koata in October.
The viewing pen, built by Tom Leckie and centre staff, was
finished on December 20. The tuatara arrived the following