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Come and see the zoo lit up with many illuminations
For two weeks in April, the Melbourne Zoo will light up into a Neon Playground with lights, projections, art installations and interactive performances, food and drink, and more! The Zoo is lighting up to help support the endangered corroboree frog.
The event will be on Friday 12th to Sunday 27th April 2019 from 5.30 pm to 9.30 pm each day.
This will bring Melbourne's vibrant culture to the lush grounds of the Zoo where you will be able to experience Melbourne Zoo after dark. The large-scale projections will adorn the historic Melbourne Zoo main gate facade. This will include the works of Kit Webster lighting up the art deco features. You can wander through Awareness Alley along the historic Main Drive, where you will be engulfed in dynamic laser art by internationally renowned artist Robin Fox. While you are rambling along the way, learn about Zoos Victoria's fighting extinction species through the colourful neon artwork of Carla O'Brien.
Neon Playground is a new event for the zoo and it will celebrate all about wildlife conservation with a showcase of some of the best local light, visual artists and designers.
And the most important part of all is that all proceeds taken will help in the conservation of those critically endangered Southern Corroboree Frog. Join in to fight against wildlife extinction!
Organisers do not want to tell you everything about this event but the following is just a bit to whet your appetite!
Journey through Awareness Alley where you will be engulfed by dynamic laser art along Melbourne Zoo's historic Main Drive. On the way through here, you will learn about our fighting extinction species from the colourful neon lights by artist Carla O'Brien.
Transport yourself into the world of artist Graeme Base's Waterhole , where illuminated and animated giant tortoises will bring this childhood favourite to life.
Explore the giant neon maze. This was inspired by the Southern Corroboree Frog's distinctive yellow and black colouring. Here there will be almost 600 meters of LED neon suspended from the ground. This will create a labyrinth of light with surprises along the way!
Take it all in at Relaxoland, where you can buy something from the food trucks and bars to refuel and be ready to continue on your journey
These are just some of the amazing experiences you will encounter at this event – come along to see it all!
Zoos Victoria is a not-for-profit conservation organisation that, with your generous support, is working to ensure there is a future which is rich in important and beautiful wildlife.
All proceeds from Neon Playground help Zoos Victoria will go towards saving the Southern Corroboree Frog. There are estimated to be less than 100 individuals left in the wild, which is why this colourful species is one of the 21 local threatened species Zoos Victoria is saving from extinction.
On the night of the event, you will learn more about the Southern Corroboree Frog and how your support is making such a big difference.
Getting to Melbourne Zoo by public transport is easy on the 58 tram or Upfield train line. If you would rather drive, there is also ample parking available.
The event has been designed with the welfare of the animals first of all. Most of the activities and installations are down Main Drive so that they do not impact them. However, as this is the first time this event has been on, zookeepers and staff will monitor behaviour throughout. They will make sure there are no changes and if there are, they will take immediate action to reduce the impact if required.
Please note, only portions of the zoo will be open for this event so animal viewing on the night is not guaranteed.