CITES helps protect animals like Goeldi's monkeys from the South American rainforest being traded as pets.

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Show us your favourite wild animal and you could win our CITES prize pack. Competition open 3 to 24 February 2020.


For this year’s World Wildlife Day, DOC is holding an art competition for children aged 5 – 12 years to celebrate wildlife around the globe.

This year’s theme is “sustaining all life on earth”. So we want your art to show us your favourite wild animal and the place where they’re happiest; their natural habitat.

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DOC’s CITES team will pick the winning entry. The winner will receive a prize pack of three books including Lonely Planet's Animal Atlas for kids, a wildlife puzzle, art stationery and more.

CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) is a United Nations agreement that protects endangered wildlife from being taken in and out of countries illegally. This helps them to remain in the wild where they belong.

Who can enter

New Zealand children aged 5 - 12 years.

How to enter

Send us your artwork before the 24 February 2020 and:

  1. Draw or paint your favourite animal in the wild
  2. Write on the back or on a separate sheet what your animal loves about its home
  3. Submit your entry by post or online.

Post your entry

You can post your entry to:

Department of Conservation
Whare Kaupapa Atawhai

Private Bag 68908
Wellersley Street West
Auckland 1141

Submit your entry online

You can submit a scanned copy or photograph of your entry by:


If you have questions about the competition or would like advice on moving products of or made from endangered species, contact

Terms and conditions

  1. We must receive your entry by 11:59 pm on 24 February 2020. We won’t be able to consider entries received after this time and date.
  2. The competition is open to all New Zealand children aged 5 - 12 years.
  3. You must submit your entries by post or via email. Entries must be no larger than 5mb.
  4. Entries are welcome from individuals or organised groups, including but not limited to Scouts, Cubs, Brownies, Girl Guides, Kiwi Conservation Club, and sports clubs, preschool, primary and intermediate schools and Kura Kaupapa and Kōhanga Reo.
  5. You can submit multiple entries per person.
  6. Entrants must own the intellectual property rights, including the copyright in or have permission to use any materials submitted for the competition. The promoter will not be responsible for breach of any copyright or other third parties intellectual property and proprietary rights by entrants.
  7. By entering, entrants give permission to DOC to use any materials submitted for the competition for social media, website and other promotional purposes.
  8. All entrants must provide the name and email address of a parent or guardian, teacher or group leader over 18 years of age. This adult is responsible for liaising with DOC to coordinate the details of the prize.
  9. To be eligible for the prize, the competition entry must:
    1. include a wild animal
    2. show the animal in its natural environment
    3. have a description of what the entrant thinks this animal likes about its home
    4. include permission from parent/guardian to take part. Provide a name, signature, and address/email of a parent, guardian, teacher or group leader over 18 years of age.
  10. We’ll use the following criteria to choose the winner:
    1. evidence of a wild, non-domestic animal
    2. evidence of the animal’s home environment (jungle, forest, sea etc)
    3. awareness of what the animal loves.
  11. The judging panel will be DOC CITES staff.
  12. The judges’ decision is final on all matters relating to this promotion.
  13. The prize winners will be announced and profiled on DOC’s social media channels and website from 3 March 2020 (World Wildlife Day 2020).
  14. The prize is not transferable. You cannot exchange or redeem the pack for a cash equivalent.
  15. The winner must claim their prize within five weeks of being announced (i.e. by 7 April 2020).
  16. The winner must be willing to have their artwork featured on the DOC website.
  17. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or change the competition or any or all of the prize components without notice.
  18. If for any reason this competition cannot run as planned, due to any cause beyond the control of the competition organiser which corrupts or affects the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this promotion, the promotion may be abandoned or postponed at the unfettered discretion of the promoter. The promoter accepts no responsibility for such an event.
  19. Entry into this prize draw is deemed acceptance of these Terms and Conditions. The competition and these Terms and Conditions are governed by New Zealand Law.
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