Pets and farm animals

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New Zealand has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world and nearly 400 million sheep. We have selected these resources to support you when you need information relating to pets and farm animals. SCIS 1525181

Animal Corner

A site giving information on different farm animals and their uses. There are also pages on pets and other animals of the World.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate

Department of Conservation - Pets - Threats and Impact

This site explains the impact that family pets have on New Zealand wildlife. It also shows ways people can reduce the chances of this happening.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary


Digital NZ

This site provides access to thousands of pictures, video, sounds and objects from New Zealand museums, libraries, galleries, archives and private institutions.
To discover sets and items, use the search term 'pets.'

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

History of Pets in NZ

An interesting article about domestic and wild animals bought to New Zealand by Māori and Europeans. It also looks at how the animals from two different cultures were used, and what types of native animals Māori adopted as pets.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary


To discover information on the school work site ManyAnswers use the search term pets.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

SPCA - New Zealand

This site is the Royal New Zealand Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. It gives tips on pet care, health, campaigns and much more.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary


Britannica Online School Edition provides a range of information on the pets and farm animals. School login (username and password) is required.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary


Have you thought about using fiction with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for your students (and you!) to read and enjoy.

Animal Tales, by Dick King-Smith, 2012 (junior fiction)
Cookie the walker, by Chris Monroe, 2013 (picture book)
Fizzlebert Stump, The boy who cried fish, by A.F Harrold, 2014 (junior fiction)

What do pets need? RSPCA Education. Youtube. 3:37

Farming in New Zealand. The New Zealand National Film Unit. New Zealand on Screen. 15:40.