Taronga ‘Stands Up For The Wild’ With 100 Year Birthday Parade

A parade of giant animal light sculptures will make their way down Macquarie Street on Saturday the 15th of October, Taronga Zoo announced today, marking 100 years since the Zoo officially opened in Mosman in 1916.

Starting at Hyde Park at 8pm, the amazing light sculptures will be escorted by a cast of school children who will dance, sing & light up the streets for the wild to the Sydney Opera House, where a live performance will take place.

The giant animal light sculptures represent Taronga’s 10 year commitment to the conservation & preservation of 10 Centenary Species, iconic & beloved animals which include the Asian Elephant, Platypus & Sumatran Tiger.

The fabulous light parade will recreate the historic moment 100 years ago, when Jessie The Elephant made her way from the original zoological site in Moore Park, through the Central Business District, down Macquarie Street to a spot on the foreshore directly where the Sydney Harbour Bridge & Opera House would rise years later. Jessie boarded a barge, to be transported across Sydney Harbour as did hippos, primates, reptiles & many other animal species Taronga still cares for today.

Taronga is encouraging Australians to ‘Stand Up #ForTheWild’ by coming along to cheer the parade or by donating to its Centenary commitment to turn around the plight of these 10 critical species.

Creative Director, Ignatius Jones, said: “This will be the most amazing parade that Sydney has seen in 100 years! An absolute carnival of lights, dancing & music!”

“A great night out for friends & families, the Taronga Zoo Centenary Birthday Parade will spread the word that we need to stand up for these amazing animals and help Taronga ensure their future”

Taronga Zoo’s Chief Executive Officer, Cameron Kerr, said: “We’re inviting everyone in Sydney to ‘Stand Up For The Wild’ by coming along to what will be an amazing spectacle & help support the work being done for these 10 vital species”

“We’re asking Australians not just in Sydney but across the country to help us raise 1 million Australian dollars to kick-start a lifetime conservation commitment”

The Parade is the exciting culmination for Taronga’s Centenary program, presented by long-term supporter ANZ, which has also included Vivid Sydney at Taronga Zoo, Eid at Taronga, inviting guests to come in for 1 Australian dollar on their birthday, creating a stunning collection of past & present Taronga memories at #IGrewUpWithTaronga, hosting an amazing birthday party on the 7th of October Centenary anniversary & the commencing of amazing field-work to conserve the 10 Centenary species.

Donate 10 Australian dollars to help Taronga save 10 endangered species from extinction. Visit: tarongaparade.org

What: Taronga Zoo Centenary Birthday Parade

When: Saturday the 15th of October 2016 at 8pm

Where: Starting from Hyde Park North & continuing along Macquarie Street to the Sydney Opera House’s grand finale performance

Media Release: Taronga Zoo