Taronga Zoo's centenary year is almost over but not before one last party to remember the historic move of the zoo, from Moore Park in 1916 to its current location at Mosman, and to ponder the future.
Beginning in Hyde Park and heading along Macquarie Street, the parade reveals ten giant animal light sculptures that represent ten species in danger of extinction. The zoo's legacy over the next ten years is a commitment to conserving these species – Asian Elephants, Corroborree Frogs, Sun Bears, Marine Turtles, Sumatran Tigers, Playtpus, Regent Honeyeaters, Sumatran Rhinos, Pangolins and the Greater Bilbies.
These species are critically endangered due to poaching, trafficking, plastic pollution, habitat loss, climate change, feral predators, deadly fungus and yabby trapping. Already doing their best, the zoo treats injured species, rehabilitates them, and tracks and monitors them after their release from its wildlife hospital. Research and breeding programs are in place whilst overseas commitment is via support to Wildlife Protection Units in Sumatra to help create safe and secure homes in the wild, in addition to veterinary treatment. Taronga also works with TRAFFIC to combat illegal wildlife trade. They are doing their utmost but need your help with donations and raising money to make a difference and give wildlife the greatest gift of all – a future. Don't let these species go the way of the Dodo when as little as $5-10 per person can help.
The parade, with escorts of singing and dancing children, staff and volunteers, brings to light the plight of these species in an inspiring, fun-filled night that traces the steps of Jessie the elephant and other animals who made the journey 100 years ago to the Mosman location via a barge. Ending at the steps of the Sydney Opera House, a grand finale dance performance will close the event with everyone welcome to join in.
It's on from 8pm-9pm, so bring the family along and cheer the parade on, take some snaps and stand up #forthewild roaring and snoring, wildlife wonders.