Taronga to focus on conservation and science at this year’s Vivid Sydney festival

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Vivid Sydney and Taronga Zoo will be shining a light on the wonders of wildlife and endangered animals with Lights for the Wild. The display of giant animal installations and light sculptures tell a fascinating story about wildlife conservation.

Vivid’s creative director Ignatius Jones describes the exhibition as “sustainability coming to life. Through the fusion of art, light and sound, we can all learn to shine a better environmental future.” The show will be part of this year’s Vivid Sydney line-up, the largest festival of lights, music and ideas in the Southern Hemisphere.

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An elephant, among the trees with the new pride of lions exhibit at Taronga Zoo. Main image: New light sculptures at Taronga Zoo for Vivid Sydney this year include three gorgeous and playful Sumatran Tiger cubs to celebrate the birth of Kartika’s three new cubs.

This year, Vivid aims to highlight that the “wild” isn’t necessarily far away – it can start in our own backyard. The event will highlight how we can become champions of the wild in simple ways, such as choosing sustainable palm oil and reducing our waste footprint. The light show itself is 100% green-powered, and anyone with toys and light wands from last year’s event is encouraged to bring them along for reusing and recycling.

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A koala lantern, part of Taronga Zoo’s Lights for the Wild precinct, against the Sydney skyline.

A festival favourite looks set to be the Sumatran Wild path, which celebrates the birth of Taronga’s three Sumatran tiger cubs. Another is the Aussie Wild path, which will be held in the Taronga Institute of Science and Learning (opened by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex last year).  

Taronga employs expert scientists and researchers who work in partnership with governments, universities and conservation organisations to support dozens of research and conservation programs across the world, including threatened species such as the Corroborree Frog and the Southern Black Rhino. To explore more careers in conservation, check out this video on how big data is being used to save endangered frogs and a University of Sydney researcher working on conservation statistics.

Check out our special on conservation careers for more ways to fight species extinction.

Larissa Fedunik-Hofman

Author: Larissa Fedunik-Hofman

Larissa is the editorial assistant for Careers with STEM and a Chemistry PhD student. Larissa’s goal is to promote public engagement with STEM through inspiring stories.


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