Saving a Dinosaur Tree

Samantha Tidy
Illustrated by Rachel Gyan
December 2023
More details
  • Publisher
    CSIRO Publishing
  • Published
    5th December 2023
  • ISBN 9781486316083
  • Language English
  • Pages 32 pp.
  • Size 9.84" x 9.84"
  • Images color illus throughout

Deep in the forest, an ancient wonder is about to be found. Descended from a family of trees going back 200 million years, the Wollemi pine has survived ice, fire, and the passing of many generations.

Will a bushfire be the final threat to this living fossil? And how will we protect it, now that everyone wants a dinosaur tree? How can we make sure the Wollemi’s secret location is not discovered and damaged?

Wollemi: Saving a Dinosaur Tree explains the unique and critically endangered status of the Wollemi pine and explores what actions can be taken today to contribute to the conservation of this rare and beautiful tree.

Reading level varies from child to child, but we recommend this book for ages 6 to 9.


  • Presents the amazing true story of the discovery of the ancient Wollemi pine, in the Blue Mountains, Australia.
  • Explores how close we came to losing the Wollemi during a bushfire, and the outstanding efforts to save it.
  • Shows how we can help to protect the Wollemi for the future.

Samantha Tidy

Samantha Tidy is an award-winning children’s author who seeks out stories that connect her readers with the natural world and each other. A passionate permaculturalist, gardener and chicken fancier, she lives in Canberra.

Rachel Gyan

Rachel Gyan is an illustrator passionate about artful storytelling. Her heart-warming characters are empowered by whimsy, texture and vibrant color palettes. Rachel enjoys studying Australian flora and wildlife, drawing inspiration from her surroundings to capture the beautiful and sometimes quirky nature of Australia in her work.

conservation; fossils; dinosaur tree; Australia