Got an animal-themed surname? If so, you can treat the kids to a day out at your local wildlife park on the house. Lucky Ducks!
It’s all part of the fun of Animal Name Day taking place on 7 February 2021. The day coincides with the launch of News Corp’s Great Australian Wildlife Collection, a 15-book set featuring beautiful images and facts about our native animals.
So gather up your little Joeys and head out for a day of animal encounters, free of charge!
Parks taking part in Animal Name Day
There are wildlife parks across Australia that are taking part in this pawesome day including:
New South Wales
- Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park
- Healesville Sanctuary (tickets for Healesville Sanctuary will need to be pre-registered here)
- Paradise Country
- Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
- Adelaide Zoo
- Monarto Safari Park
- Territory Wildlife Park
How to gain free entry
Families with an animal-themed surname will need to show identification such as a driver’s license to prove their animal-inspired last name.
All animal names welcome!
You don’t have to have a common animal last name like Bird, Bear, Fox or Hog as animal-inspired surnames all also welcome. Entry is at the discretion of the venue but they have anticipated non-English names.
We’ve got a list of animal last names below too:
- Adler (German for eagle)
- Cavallo (horseman)
- Fisker (fisherman)
- Todd (means fox)
- Martin (tree martin)
- Hart (male deer)
- Hartnell (male deer)
- Harley (hare)
- Howard (ewe herder)
- Brock (Old English for badger)
- Bieber (German for beaver – Justin, you’re in!)
- De Caprio (Greek for wild boar – Leo will be there too! Score!)
- Pound (animal enclosure)
- Kidd (young goat)
- Lowe (lion)
- Lyon (lion)
- Shaw (wolf)
- Rana (frog in Spanish)
- Purcell (Old French for piglet)
- Loris (nocturnal primate)
- Best (derived from beast)
- Gatti (cat in Italian)
- Bullock (young bull)
- Vacca (cow in Italian)
- Gallina (chicken in Italian)
- Vogel (old Dutch for bird)
For these families (plus plenty more – we couldn’t name them all), this Sunday is sure to be a quacker of a day!