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Taronga Dinner 2016

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by Diana (subscribe)
Microbiologist-turned-homemaker, she is a foodie with a flair for cooking. An avid traveller and voracious reader, she also loves to paint and indulges in photography.
A Charity for Our Fellow Earthlings
The crescendo of rampant human activities has sent wildlife numbers plummeting downhill at a horrific pace. In the last decade, the rapidly dwindling tally of several species has reached a new low that was unseen in the entire span of the past century. Our thriving societies have thinned the animal colonies. Unless our evolved brains and able hands are put to wiser use, species hanging precariously at the edge of vulnerability and endangerment will soon have disappeared into the oblivion of extinction.

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Luzon bleeding-heart (There are only three known subspecies of this endemic bird and one of it is already extinct)

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Playing a big role in conservation, Taronga Foundation is actively involved in research and wildlife preservation. To raise vital funds for endangered species, Taronga Dinner is organized annually by the Foundation. The 2016 Taronga Dinner will be held on 16th June at Sydney Town Hall. Hosted by the iconic television personality Rove McManus, this deluxe feast will include pre-dinner drinks, sensational dance and aerial performances.

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Rove McManus at the 2006 Taronga Zoo Foundation Dinner (image from

Priced at $300 per individual, $3000 for a table of 10 and $6000 for a VIP table of 10, the grand dinner will definitely turn out to be a memorable event. And to add that special twist this year, marking the Taronga Centenary, the whole occasion is to be celebrated as an animal masquerade. The masks made by local artists and the students of Design Centre Enmore, Sydney TAFE are selling like hot cakes. You can buy yours here.

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Tree-Kangaroo at Taronga Zoo (these are a threatened species due to massive habitat destruction)

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The US Fish and Wildlife Service has already declared Chimpanzees as endangered.

In 2014, the Dinner successfully raised a whooping $350,000 for conservation of Asian Elephants. Hopefully, it raises much more than that this year to meet the escalating concerns - species are disappearing faster than they are being discovered.

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Bighorn sheep (ewe) at Taronga

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Fennec Fox at Taronga Zoo

Though foundations, societies and groups have been trying to keep things in check and arouse awareness, the current situation demands efforts at the individual level. It is high time we start contemplating and retracing our paths. Else, the rate at which animals have been reaping the results of our actions, we will be left with the company of only creepy crawlies.

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Emu at Taronga Zoo
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Why? Fundraising for endangered species
When: 6:30pm - 11:00pm
Phone: 61 2 9978 4689
Where: Sydney Town Hall
Cost: $300 per person
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