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Free Entry for People with Animal Surnames 7/2 @ Various Wildlife Parks (e.g. Featherdale, Healesville Sanctuary, Bonorong etc.)

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This Sunday, selected zoos and wildlife sanctuaries around Australia are giving free entry to anyone with an animal surname, to celebrate the launch of the Great Australian Wildlife Book Collection by Discovery and Animal Planet, in conjunction with News Corp Australia

Those with an animal surname will need to show identification, such as a driver’s licence, and tickets for Healesville Sanctuary will need to be pre-registered here.

Looking at the article they seem to accept some not so obvious animal surname interpretations so do your research on your surname. Behind The Name: Surnames Categorized "animals"

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  • +64 votes

    What about some people that behave like animals? lol

  • +30 votes

    This is discrimination towards people with non-animal last names

    • +38 votes

      It's basically a deal for white people only…

      • +2 votes

        Or non-whites who marry a white person

      • +8 votes

        Many cultures have animal names as / in family names. Just show a translation if needed.

        • +3 votes

          I wonder if they will accept. Is there a T&C?

          • +16 votes

            @first in line: They even give the example of Vacca (cow in Italian) in the Deal link!

            Nothing I could find in the promotion says the family name must be in English!
            That would be discriminatory!

            The Deal Link provides examples:
            SURNAMES YOU DIDN’T KNOW WERE ANIMAL NAMES
            Hart (male deer)
            Loris (nocturnal primate)
            Best (derived from beast)
            Bullock (young bull)
            Vacca (cow in Italian)

            in Mandarin… (from a quick search)
            Family names may contain:
            Ma (马 horse )
            Niu ( 牛 bull )
            Long (龙 dragon )
            Xiong (熊 bear )
            Bao (鲍 abalone )
            etc

            (I've got a turtle named after my family name. Don't know if it's Latin name will be acceptable.)

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              @the INFIDEL: Good point. You could look at genus names as well.

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                @try2bhelpful: The turtle has a common name of (my family name)'s turtle. It's a well known family name in the zoo & conservation world, but not an animal name.

                The only QLD "zoo" Paradise Country - is a small theme park on the Gold Coast, so wasn't interested.

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                  @the INFIDEL: Thanks. It just might’ve been worth a thought.

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                    @try2bhelpful: Thanks. But Latin taxonomic names might tax the zoo staff in this promotion😉
                    Might help others👍

      • +6 votes

        "in conjunction with News Corp Australia"

      • +34 votes

        Ernie Dingo is definitely not white…

      • +1 vote

        If we can trully use the Surnames categorized as animal list, then there will be a lot of Indians people eligible for this (Singh)

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          I always thought Singh in Hindi/Urdu meant horn (animals horn).

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        Huy Fong Cow is definitely not white

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      That's right and this discrimination is wrong. Bloody Thomsons have got a gazelle, what have Puddings got, nothen!

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      You can always argue that your last name means "animal name" in whatever language

  • +4 votes

    If I identify as a person named Sam Skunk and they don't let me in, I'll sue the bigots..

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      I mean sure, if you've indeed legally changed your name to Sam Skunk and have an ID card to that effect, they should honour it.

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        It's how he feels on the inside that matters…

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          Morally? Absolutely. Legally, less so.

  • +3 votes

    I nominate Nathan Lyon!

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      And don’t forget he’s the GOAT.

      See what I did there….

  • +29 votes

    Apparently "Singh" means "lion" so every Punjabi can go in for free.

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      Kaur too, probably all Sikh are entitled too

    • +1 vote

      There are many Punjabi's (50%) who are not named Singh.

      It seems it used used pre-18th century in northern India, after which a Guru mandated it's use by all Sikh males. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singh

      At a tangent… Singapore (Land of Lions), Sinhala (people of Sri Lanka, meaning roughly lion killers).

  • +6 votes

    Wow that is a weird way to offer a promotion for free entry.

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      I thought the exact same thing!

      • +3 votes

        That's ozbargain for you

  • +4 votes

    Would they take mythical animal surnames such as "Phoenix"?

  • +5 votes

    What are typical English animal surnames? I can't think of any off the top of my head.

    • +2 votes

      Grandmother's maiden name is Sparrow, but that's all I can think of.

      • +10 votes

        <logs into your mother's online banking account>

    • +2 votes

      This should help get more people in for free https://surnames.behindthename.com/names/tag/animals

    • +2 votes

      Fox, Bird, Hawk

    • +2 votes

      Finch

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      So they will only accept "English" surnames? How about other nationalities?

      • +2 votes

        How did you get that idea?
        Foreign language examples were already given above.

        Check the Deal Link.
        They give the example of Vacca (cow in Italian)!
        Just have a translation ready.

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          Thanks, did not notice. Cool.

        • +1 vote

          Or a screenshot of a forged translation.

    • +6 votes

      Anything with Cock

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      Was wondering the same…Here's what I came up with:

      Peacock (Andrew Peacock, politician)
      Bird
      Herring

  • +10 votes

    Finally Mike Hawk gets the recognition he deserves.

    • +3 votes

      Also Mike (profanity).

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        You mean Mike Hunt?

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          Oh yeah nice dude reminds me of Mike Gass

  • +17 votes

    should this deal be labelled "targeted"?

  • +8 votes

    Finally having Mole as your surname comes in handy.

    • +2 votes

      Like, is that you Kylie?

      • +2 votes

        Or Adrian, aged 13 and 3/4.

  • +3 votes

    Woohoo my chihuahua can enter for free, her name is Roo Roo

  • +1 vote

    I'll be there!

  • +1 vote

    Does Cock count ?

  • +1 vote

    My name is Badger, Honey Badger.

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      Your name is not the shape of any animal.

      • +2 votes

        It is a shape of animal barking.

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    Monty Python?

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    Hancock or 'handcock'

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    Good opportunity for social justice warriors to rant about something unimportant.

    • +4 votes

      So like that comment?

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    Ugh. Read this as "for people with Anime Surnames".

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    yay i'm a Henry !!

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    I dunno I'm on the fence with this deal; I get the gimmick of it but these are places that charge quite a bit for entry. This isn't like get a free showbag or free small drink or chips at some eatery.

    • +2 votes

      on the fence with this deal

      Like, Russell Crowe?

  • +3 votes

    Thanks so much…see you there!
    Regards
    Fred Hippopotamus

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    My mate Drew has the surname Peacock, he'll be rapt

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      I also know an Andrew peacock! Prob the same person..