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Be the Light for the Wild…

by on May.25, 2016, under Life, Photography

A little sneak peek at Be the Light for the Wild as part of Vivid Sydney this year at Taronga Zoo…


Echidna - Be the Light for the Wild

NIKON D750 + 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 @ 32 mm, 1/5 sec at f/8, ISO 100

I was lucky enough to get to check out a special preview night of Be the Light for the Wild created by the awesome Ample Projects team and hosted by centenary presenting partner ANZ Australia. My youngest daughter and I had a fabulous time exploring the Zoo at night visiting these marvellous light creations.

Taronga Zoo’s traditional animals of the wild play host to an additional cast of creatures including an echidna, chameleon, crocodile, cicadas and even a funnel-web spider, along with thousands of smaller lanterns made by NSW school students as part of the Zoo’s Centenary celebrations.

Be the Light for the Wild

Be the Light for the Wild

NIKON D750 + 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8

Be the Light for the Wild features ten critical species from Australia and Sumatra, ranging from the magnificent Asian elephant to the brightly coloured Corroboree frogs, species that Taronga is committed to protecting. With interactive lighting, sound effects and moving parts, these giant light sculptures are among the largest and most technologically advanced lanterns ever to feature in Vivid.

The quality of the light installations was fantastic, in particular my daughter and I loved the Echidna pictured up top. But there were so many other highlights including the giant funnel-web spider, the saltwater crocodile and the voice activated cicada’s :).

If you have the opportunity this Vivid to make your way over and in to Taronga Zoo it is well worth the visit to check out Be the Light for the Wild. Or if you’d like to donate to help Taronga conserve ten critical species then you can donate at

Vivid Sydney at Taronga Zoo is open each night 27 May – 18 Jun from 5:30pm – 9:30pm, with last entry at 9pm.

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