Port Moresby Nature Park (formerly the National Capital Botanical Gardens)

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Papua New Guinea - Port Moresby

Institution Code: PMORE

International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: No

About the Port Moresby Nature Park (formerly the National Capital Botanical Gardens)

Port Moresby Nature Park (formerly the National Capital Botanical Gardens) is PNG's highest visited recreational attraction with over 140,000 visitors annually and is dedicated to the guardianship of PNGs unique natural environment.

The Nature Park is situated on 30 acres with the grounds offering a lush change from the often dry Port Moresby Capital. The Park is home to the only tract of rainforest within the City comprising of native species sourced across PNG and is home to over 550 native animals including one of the world's largest collections of birds of paradise, tree kangaroos and cassowaries.

Thousands of tropical plant species including palms, gingers and heliconias and native timber trees are found within the grounds. The Park has a large number of native and hybrid PNG orchid species.

The Nature Park is the only South-Pacific Island's facility that is a fully animal welfare accredited through the Zoo & Aquarium Association of Australasia, and are also members of the Australasian Society of Zookeepers and International Zoo Educators Association.

Main Address:
Port Moresby Nature Park (formerly the National Capital Botanical Gardens)
P.O. Box 110
UNIVERSITY, NCD
Port Moresby
Papua New Guinea

Telephone: +675 326 0248
Fax: +675 326 1772
URL: www.portmoresbynaturepark.org
Primary Email: portmoresbynaturepark@gmail.com

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Hon. Powes Parkop
    Curator's Name: Brett Smith
    Plant Records Officer's Name:
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 20
    Educational Staff Number: 5
    Research Staff Number: 1
    Administration Staff Number: 30

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Zoological Institution
  • Status
  • Status: Private: No
    Status: State: No
    Status: Educational: Yes
    Status: Municipal: Yes
    Status: Trust: Yes
  • Date founded: 1971
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 5 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 10 Hectares
  • Total Area: 15 Hectares
    Latitude: -9.4655
    Longitude: 147.1969
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: No
    Arboretum: No
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: Yes
    Seed Bank: No
    Published Plant Catalogue: No
    Computer Plant Record System: No
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: No
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 140000
    Number of Volunteers: 4

Plant Collections

  • Special Collections:Orchids, palms, Pandanus, traditional plants - all native flora, tropical ornamentals.

Conservation Programmes

  • Medicinal Plant Programme: No

Research Programmes

Education Programmes

  • Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: Yes
    Special Exhibitions: Yes
    Courses for School Children: Yes
    Education Programme: Yes