The annual Taronga Foundation Dinner at The Establishment in Sydney set a new record last night, raising $300,000 for wildlife.
This was more than any other previous dinner. In such tough economic times, it was great to see that there is still so much support for conservation as our wonderful guests gave so generously to aid Taronga's global and local rhino conservation projects .
The 230 guests, including Justin Hemmes of the Merrivale Group and Rebel Penfold Russell, a long-time supporter of Taronga Conservation Society, braved the winter chill for a very fun night. They pledged support for a much needed digital x-ray machine for Taronga Western Plains Zoo, home to the well established Black Rhino conservation breeding program.
The night was hosted by television and radio star, Julia Zemiro, with presentations from the Zoos' Director and CEO, Cameron Kerr, and Taronga Western Plains Zoo Senior Veterinarian and rhino veterinary expert, Dr Benn Bryant. During the African themed evening, zoo staff introduced Australian animals from the conservation outreach Zoomobile and handed out plush Rhino toys to those who purchased raffle tickets.
The evening concluded with a auction of priceless prizes including a trip for two to Antarctica and a day at Taronga with our elephant team.
The tremendous result for conservation was a great way to commemorate the Taronga Foundation's 10th anniversary too after a decade of effort for Taronga and Taronga Western Plains Zoos and their conservation efforts.
Cameron Mowat, Head of Fund Raising