Zealandia's Top Fossil

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Take home Zealandia’s giant monsters in your pocket. Visit our exhibition Ancient New Zealand: Squawkzilla and the Giants and complete an activity sheet to earn a pack of collectable cards featuring the strange creatures of ancient New Zealand.

Zealandia's Top Fossil cardsThere are 31 cards to collect and you’ll have to visit the exhibition more than once to get them all.

Each card features a different ancient animal discovered at fossil sites near Waipara, North Canterbury and St Bathans, Central Otago, and a fun fact about the animal it depicts, as well as some key stats you can use to play the game Zealandia’s Top Fossil.

All correct activity sheets will go in a draw at the end of the exhibition to win a great prize.

How to play Zealandia's Top Fossil

To play, shuffle and deal all the cards face down. Each player holds their pile of cards faced up so they can read the vital statistics of the top card.

Choose a player to go first. That player chooses height or weight, then each player reveals their top card and reads out the number for that statistic. The player with the highest value adds all the revealed cards to the bottom of their pile, then chooses height or weight for the next round.

If two or more players have the same value, all the revealed cards go into the middle and the starting player chooses another category. The winner claims the cards in the middle as well.

Play continues in this manner until one player has collected all the cards; they are the winner!


Entry must be on an official entry form. Employees of Canterbury Museum and their families are not eligible to enter. All completed entry forms can be exchanged for one pack of Zealandia’s Top Fossil cards on offer at the time. All correct entry forms will also go in the competition to win a prize which will be drawn at the end of the exhibition. The competition closes at 5.00 pm on Sunday 16 August 2020. The first correct entry drawn on Monday 17 August 2020 will receive a prize. Canterbury Museum has sole discretion to determine if entries are correct and will not enter into any discussion or correspondence.

13 December 2019 – 16 August 2020
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