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Monday, 14 May 2018

Taronga Zoo Sydney shines a light on endangered animals for Vivid Sydney

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Vivid Sydney's wildest precinct returns as Taronga Zoo Sydney shines an even bolder, brighter spotlight on conservation and endangered wildlife with a family friendly spectacular display of giant animal light sculptures from 25 May to 16 June.

As the Zoo's permanent residents retire for the evening, Lights For the Wild will burst into colourful life to introduce visitors to fierce, friendly and quirky creatures on a journey through fragile habitats, from the ocean, to the jungle and the Australian bush.

Festival favourites, the giant multimedia light sculptures return with old friends including the majestic Sumatran Tiger and giant Bilby joined by a new mob of endearing species, from an epic Goanna to a school of Blue Devil Fish.

Guests will step through a marine world to meet some of NSW's most endangered aquatic species and emerge from the mouth of a Port Jackson Shark as it splashes through the fa├žade of Taronga's heritage entrance. Tread quietly through the Sumatran jungle to encounter endangered yet ferocious animals along the way before stepping into our Taronga Centenary Theatre to behold a multi-award winning animated film, presented here as a 270° cinematic experience. Pause a while and rest beneath a canopy of stars and glowing planet earth as imagined by children, before a final journey through an illuminated Australian bushscape takes everyone all the way home again.

Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Adam Marshall said, "Vivid Sydney at Taronga Zoo is a unique experience that shines a light on conservation in the most incredible way. Come 25 May visitors will be able to walk among the spellbinding display of magnificent creatures and discover the illuminating stories of these endangered species."

Vivid Sydney Creative Director, Ignatius Jones said, "Taronga Zoo is a much-loved family favourite which brings out the child in all of us. Where else can you take a stroll through a PJ shark's mouth or come face to face with a giant ferocious Sumatran tiger while holding mum or dad's hand!"

What: Vivid Sydney at Taronga Zoo
Where: Taronga Zoo, Bradley's Head Rd, Mosman. Entry only via the main upper entrance on Bradley's Head Road.
When: Friday 25 May to Saturday 16 June
Session start times: 5.30pm, 6.30pm, 7.30pm (approx. 2 hour experience)
Tickets: Pre-purchase tickets at taronga.org.au/vivid

Mon-Thurs (excluding public holiday):
Adult - $23.95
Child (4-15 years) - $17.95
Concession - $21.56
Under 4 - free

Fri-Sun and Mon 11 June public holiday:
Adult - $26.95
Child (4-15 years) - $18.95
Concession - $24.26
Under 4 – free

Note: Last entry at 8.30pm, zoo closes at 9.30pm.
Taronga Zoo is not for profit. All ticket proceeds go directly back to work in conservation and wildlife care. 




About Vivid Sydney

Vivid Sydney is the world's largest festival of light, music and ideas and now the largest event in Australia. For 23 days - from 25 May to 16 June 2018 – the event places a spotlight on Sydney and reinforces its position as the home of light, creativity, cutting edge music, engaging conversations and the exchange of new ideas. The festival is owned, managed and produced by Destination NSW, the NSW Government's tourism and major events agency. In 2017 Vivid Sydney attracted a record 2.33 million attendees and injected over $143 million into NSW's visitor economy. For more information visit www.vividsydney.com

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