Celebrating Taronga Zoo’s 100th Birthday

Happy 100th Birthday Taronga Zoo! The zoo officially opened in the suburb of Mosman back on 7 October 1916.


Taronga Zoo was closed today to the public for this special birthday celebration. Instead VIP guests, media and lucky winners of the Zoo’s competition enjoyed the 100th birthday of the zoo with a special day.

The Mummy Project was fortunate enough to be invited to Taronga Zoo’s 100th birthday celebration and we had an amazing day. We saw many of our favourite animals and exhibits.

We loved seeing the interactive displays and artwork around the zoo.

We also enjoyed the entertaining antics of the creatures in the Seal Show and Bird Show.

But one of our favourite events today was eating birthday cake to celebrate Taronga Zoo’s 100th birthday

Taronga Zoo 100 Year Birthday Parade

The birthday celebrations are still continuing though with the Taronga Zoo 100 Year Birthday Parade. If you’re planning to be in Sydney CBD on Saturday 15 October, don’t miss the Taronga Zoo 100 Year Birthday Parade.

It will feature a parade of giant animal light sculptures will make their way down Macquarie Street. Starting at Hyde Park at 8pm, the amazing light sculptures will be escorted by a cast of school children who will dance, sing and 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 ten year commitment to the conservation and preservation of 10 Centenary Species, iconic and beloved animals which include the Asian Elephant, Platypus, and Sumatran Tiger.

This parade marks 100 years since the zoo opens and recreates the historic moment 100 years ago, when Jessie the elephant made her way from the original Zoological site in Moore Park, through the CBD, down Macquarie Street to a spot on the foreshore, now the location of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Jessie boarded a barge, to be transported across the harbour as did hippos, primates, reptiles, and many other animal species Taronga still cares for today.

Local school children helping announce Taronga Birthday Parade at Taronga Zoo.Photographs by Rick Stevens

Photograph by Rick Stevens

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. Five are native to Australia while the other five are on the brink of extinction in Sumatra, Indonesia.

Stand Up #FortheWild

People can donate $10 to help Taronga save 10 endangered species from extinction. The species include the Sumatran Rhino, Asian Elephant, Sun Bear, Sumatran Tiger, Sunda Pangolin, Platypus, Marine Turtle, Corroboree Frog, Regent Honeyeater and the Greater Bilby. For more information or to donate, visit https://taronga.org.au/100-years/the-next-10-years

The Taronga Birthday Parade is on Saturday 15 October 2016 at 8pm and is supported by the Centenary presenting partner ANZ. It starts from Hyde Park North and continues along Macquarie Street to the Sydney Opera House grand finale performance.

Taronga Zoo Parade

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