A Roaring Sucess for Wildilfe!
In its centenary year, Taronga is dedicating the next decade to the conservation of 10 critical species. Five of them, including the platypus and the bilby, are native to Australia; five, including the Asian elephant and the critically endangered Sumatran tiger and Sumatran rhino, face extinction in Sumatra – a hugely important area of biodiversity right on Australia's doorstep.
On Thursday 16th June, radio personality and comedian Rove McManus went undercover to help Taronga Zoo raise much needed funds to save these 10 critical species.
Thanks to the generous support of donors, sponsors and event supporters Taronga raised over $270,000.00.
Rove hosted the wild and glamorous Taronga Dinner Vanishing Species Masquerade Ball and joining him was more than 250 guests donning spectacular animal insipered masks to help celebrate and support Taronga's dedication to preserving some of the worlds "Vanishing Species", the theme of the evening. A special thanks to the students and teachers at TAFE NSW, Design Centre at Enmore for creating so many of the amazing masks that were sold to guests for the cause.
Edward Riley of McGrath was once again brilliant during the live auction and rasied over $75,000 by auctioning experiences such as Dinner with the Elephants for 20 people at Taronga Zoo, a Luxury Alaskan trip with Lindblad Expeditions and a Private Dinner and Archibald exhibition viewing at the Art Gallery of NSW, donated by Centenary Presenting Partner ANZ. One lucky guest also went home happy with the Cerrone lucky prize draw, a stunning 18ct white gold 30.25ct swiss blue topaz pendant set with black diamonds on a white gold black ball necklace.
Click below to view the night's photographs.