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Lights for the Wild: Vivid at Taronga Zoo

Taronga Zoo has returned to Vivid Sydney after debuting at last year’s event. Taronga is ready to engage audiences with a beguiling light display: Lights for the Wild.

By Vivid Sydney
Published July 1, 2017

Lights for the Wild will showcase giant, beautifully crafted animal light sculptures, each with a story to tell about conservation. The grand, heritage-listed entrance of Taronga Zoo will be flooded with mesmerising projections, and thousands of lanterns will light the way as the captivating light sculptures come to life. From serene turtles to the regal Sumatran tiger, the luminous creatures of Taronga Zoo will both enchant visitors and shed light on the conservation status of the featured animals.

When: 26 May – 17 June 2017


This year, the show promises to be even bigger as visitors become part of the action in this fully immersive and interactive event. As Taronga’s animal population beds down for the night, the shimmering sculptures will light up for two sessions (5:30 - 7:30pm and 7:30 - 9:30pm) every evening during Vivid Sydney, come rain or shine.

Vivid Sydney at the Taronga Zoo precinct, Sydney, New South Wales

A great bonus to the light installation is that Taronga Zoo is dedicated to conservation. They are working tirelessly to help save 10 species from extinction over the next 10 years, including the colourful Corroboree frog, the Asian elephant and the Pangolin. Five of these endangered species are native to Australia. 

There are many threats facing their future - from plastic pollution, to poaching, habitat loss and climate change, so Taronga Zoo (a not-for-profit organisation) is using all money from tickets sold to support wildlife conservation.

Vivid Sydney at the Taronga Zoo precinct, Sydney, New South Wales

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