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Last night the Taronga Foundation auctioned the works of 20 renowned contemporary artists. Even with the election just around the corner and uncertain economic times ahead, Sotheby’s was packed with lots of people from the art world showing their support for the Zoo’s vital conservation work.

The irresistible works which were donated to the Taronga Foundation raised $148,000 – although many would agree that the new art owners got a very good deal.

This year many of the artists captured the Zoo’s giraffes and owls ranging from etchings on copper to stylised photos. Reg Mombassa’s coloured pencil and charcoal work titled “Giraffe Eating a Carrot” was particularly sort after.

This is the second year the Zoo has run the Artists in Residence program and it is truly establishing itself as a tremendously exciting exhibit with many artists present to watch their works be auctioned off to support wildlife conservation.

The program was officially launched in mid-February with a special overnight stay at Taronga’s new ‘Roar and Snore’ site which overlooks spectacular Sydney Harbour. As part of the program the artists became acquainted with the Zoo on a spotlight night safari to see the animals as they commenced their nocturnal activities lit by the stunning backdrop of city lights. For the next three months Taronga become their second home with unique access to Taronga Zoo and its animals to provide wild inspiration for their works.

The Taronga Foundation gratefully acknowledges the generosity of the artists for donating their time and talents so readily.

Click here to see the catalogue of artworks

- Zoo Communications

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