The 2012 Serventy Memorial Lecture by Mike and Mandy Bamford, Ecologists and Environmental Educators. A surprising range of wildlife survives in our suburbs. Most frog species, some reptiles, many bird species and a few mammal species still occur but more could be encouraged with appropriate garden and urban design. So why bother to encourage wildlife in the city? In an increasingly urban society, having wildlife in the suburbs keeps society’s connection with the environment. Engaging the community in conservation is easier if people feel a personal connection with the natural world. Wildlife also gives us a sense of place; the animals in our city give it a unique character and identify it better than almost any building. So what are the secrets to success? Come along and find out from WA’s entertaining environmental educators, who often feature as guest ecologists on ABC local radio.