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Vivid Sydney's festival of light returns to Taronga Zoo
Vivid at Taronga Zoo (photo by Adrian Kmita)
Vivid at Taronga Zoo (photo by Adrian Kmita)

This May and June Vivid Sydney invites guests to step into the world of scientific discovery as Taronga Zoo once again hosts their immensely popular Lights For The Wild night-time precinct. Vivid at Taronga Zoo will be shining a light on conservation and wonderful wildlife, as they construct a spectacular display of illumination and colour through a menagerie of creative light sculptures. Many of the crowd favourites will be back this year, along with a new collection awe-inspiring interactive animal art.

Vivid at Taronga Zoo (photo by Adrian Kmita)
Vivid at Taronga Zoo (photo by Adrian Kmita)

This year's Vivid at Taronga will provide some unique new additions, including a marine world where guests can meet a number of New South Wales' most endangered aquatic creatures. Explorers will also get to walk through the mouth of a giant Port Jackson Shark as it emerges from the famous Taronga Zoo heritage entrance. Revellers will also be able to hike through the illuminated Sumatran jungle to encounter more ferocious endangered animals, before being welcomed into the Taronga Centenary Theatre to view an award-winning animated film. The movie will be presented as a 270-degree cinematic experience where guests will be consumed by the wonders of the wild.

Vivid at Taronga Zoo (photo by Adrian Kmita)
Vivid at Taronga Zoo (photo by Adrian Kmita)

Adventurers will also be able to enjoy a well-earned rest at the Taronga Food Market, beneath a kaleidoscope of stars and a glowing planet earth as imagined by young artists. From here guests will be able to embark on a voyage through the glowing Australian bushscape appreciating native treasures. Every unique installation and light sculpture will tell a story about wildlife conservation, which should provide guests with an illuminating experience. Explorers on each night will also discover information about each of these wondrous animals, in addition to learning how Taronga Zoo is working to save 10 species from extinction over the next 10 years.

Vivid at Taronga Zoo (photo by Adrian Kmita)
Vivid at Taronga Zoo (photo by Adrian Kmita)

This year more than ever guests will become part of the experience, interacting with the light sculptures using a state-of-the-art wristband included with each ticket purchase. Some of the multimedia light sculptures set to illuminate the cold nights will include the magestic Sumatran Tiger, the ethereal Marine Turtle, as well as a magical swarm of glowing bees. Vivid at Taronga will run for the duration of Vivid Sydney over 23 glorious nights. There will be three sessions per night, starting at 5:30pm, 6:30pm and 7:30pm, All the action starts with opening night on Friday May 25th. Beware however that spaces each night are limited. It is extremely advisable to pre-book your tickets from Moshtix at the following link.

Vivid at Taronga Zoo (photo by Adrian Kmita)
Vivid at Taronga Zoo (photo by Adrian Kmita)

As a bonus, there are also a limited amount of tickets each night for zoo guests to experience the American Express Skypass. This special ticket allows access to Taronga Zoo's Sky Safari experience, providing explorers with a unique view of the zoo as well as the rest of Vivid Sydney. Each ticket will include a round trip on Taronga's Sky Safari cable car, with three different sessions being available each night. Best of all, every ticket purchased for Vivid at Taronga will help support Taronga Zoo's ongoing work in conservation and wildlife care. Tickets are available now.

Vivid at Taronga Zoo
Vivid at Taronga Zoo




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Why? Taronga Zoo at night lit up like a Christmas tree for the duration of Vivid Sydney.
When: From Friday May 25th until Sunday June 16th during Vivid Sydney.
Where: Taronga Zoo
Cost: $26.95 for adults and $18.95 for kids under 15 years old.
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