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

Victoria

  • Healesville Sanctuary (tickets for Healesville Sanctuary will need to be pre-registered here)

Queensland

  • Paradise Country

Tasmania

  • Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

South Australia

  • Adelaide Zoo
  • Monarto Safari Park

Northern Territory

  • 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!

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Born and raised in Canada, Jenna now lives in Far North Queensland with her tribe. When the mum-of-three is not writing, you can find her floating in the pool, watching princess movies, frolicking on the beach, bouncing her baby to sleep or nagging her older kids to put on their pants.

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