Win free tickets to the zoo!


We would like to hear from readers about their experiences with native animals. Tell us if you have any native pets or perhaps native animals that visit your backyard etc. What is your favourite or tell us about your experiences with native animals. Go to the forum here and post your story.

We have free family passes to the Sydney Wildlife Zoo to give away (valued at $68). These are valid for up to 12 months and are transferable so they can be used by friends or family visiting Sydney.

More about the new book, Locally Wild: keeping native animals as pets  by Christopher Cheng

Locally Wild is a glossy, fully illustrated book for kids written by one of the nation’s best children’s authors. Chris Cheng introduces readers to a nation of native animal enthusiasts whose hobby is caring for fauna as diverse as turtles, cockatoos, bats, native honeybees and marsupials like quolls and possums. We also meet the kids who have transformed their communities and neighbourhoods into native animal sanctuaries, and their own yards into havens of animal life.

More details on the Pluto Press site.

To win tickets, go to the forum here and post your story.

Launched in 2004, New Matilda is one of Australia's oldest online independent publications. It's focus is on investigative journalism and analysis, with occasional smart arsery thrown in for reasons of sanity. New Matilda is owned and edited by Walkley Award and Human Rights Award winning journalist Chris Graham.