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

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Ava Dilly has been announced as the winner of our World Wildlife Day 2020 youth art competition. High commendations have also been awarded to ten more entries.

Dilly-Ava-winner-390.jpgAva Dilly painted blue and gold macaws in the jungle
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For World Wildlife Day 2020, we held an art competition for children aged 5 – 12 years to celebrate wildlife around the globe.

DOC’s CITES team has selected the winner as Ava Dilly, aged 12 from Point Chevalier in Auckland with her painting of South American blue-and-gold macaws.

Ava received a prize pack of three books including Lonely Planet's Animal Atlas for kids, a wildlife puzzle, art stationery and more.

DOC Director-General, Lou Sanson, was pleased to be photographed with Ava's picture. He called the birds "a symbol to the world about the loss of rainforests in the Amazon basin."

Our CITES team reviewed over 400 entries, which arrived from Kaitaia in the North down to Alexandra in the South. With so many excellent entries to choose from, they have also high commended ten more entries.

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.

Highly commended

The following animals and entrants have been highly commended:

  • Giraffe - Henry Morrow, aged 5, Witherlea School
  • Jewelled Gecko - Elbe White, Auckland
  • Kakapō - Emily Anderson, aged 10, Centennial School, Waimate
  • Lion - Carter Levy, aged 7, Beachlands School
  • Penguin - Pippa Anderson, aged 10, Omarama School
  • Red Panda - Ellen Riley, Alexandra Primary
  • Rhino - Sam Hardy, Year 6, Glentunnel School
  • Saola - Felix Kong
  • Sea turtle - Gina Peng, Breens Intermediate
  • Shark - Frankie Wong, aged 7, Queenstown Primary

The ten highly commended entries |  See larger image (940 K)


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