Taronga Zoo during Vivid Sydney is a spectacle to behold. Not only do you get to enjoy the brilliant light displays featuring lions, rhinos and koalas, but also you are helping endangered animals because of all the work their team of conservationists and scientists do.
This year, a trio of playful Sumatran tiger cubs have been introduced to celebrate the birth of Taronga’s three new tiger cubs Mawar, Tengah Malam and Pemanah. New lions will take pride of place deep in the heart of the zoo while a sentinel koala watches on as the city transforms each night into a vibrant hub of light and colour.
The zoo will host 240 multimedia light sculptures shining a light on the wonders of wildlife and endangered animals. As visitors wander through Taronga’s iconic harbour front location they will encounter multi-coloured elephants, giant bees, lions and tigers and bears and many more fascinating fluorescent installations.
The brilliantly lit sculptures are all inspired by the zoo’s commitment to endangered species in Australia and around the world, and visitors of all ages are sure to delight in the colourful, energising displays.
“There’s a sort of magic here after dark,” says Libby Hodgson, Taronga Zoo’s Director for Marketing and Fundraising. “With the lanterns lit and the projection show back on the outside of the heritage building this year, it really is a must-do family experience for Vivid Sydney.”
Festival favourites will be on show once again including the majestic Sumatran rhino, the dazzling and interactive chameleon and a chorus of illuminated Aussie wildlife like an epic goanna effigy, a cluster of giant redback spiders and an enormous echidna with its moving tongue.
Where: Taronga Zoo, Bradleys Head Road, Mosman
When: Wednesday – Sunday. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays (excluding 10 June Public Holiday)
Session times: 5:30pm & 7:30pm (start times only, approx. two-hour experience)
How much: Adult $26.95; Child (4-15 years) $19.95; Under 4 free.
How to get there: Taronga Zoo is easily accessible by bus or ferry with services running regularly on weekdays and weekends. Buses to Spit Junction, Mosman run frequently, from there you can change for another bus to the Zoo’s main entrance. Ferries between Circular Quay and Taronga Zoo will run frequently during the festival however services will be very busy so have a back-up plan in mind. Visit transportnsw.info to plan your trip.
Need to know: Taronga Zoo is not for profit. All ticket proceeds go directly back to work in conservation and wildlife care. Please note, last entry is 8:30pm.