Taronga Zoo 100th Year Birthday Parade

Taronga ‘Stands Up For the Wild’ with 100 Year Birthday parade

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

Photograph by Rick Stevens

It’s worth making a special trip to Sydney CBD on Saturday 15 October to see 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.

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

Photograph by Rick Stevens

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.

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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