The 2011 Zoofari Black & White Lemur Ball was a wonderful evening. As well as being a fun night, it was a fabulous success. With so much support we raised a total of $506,000 through ticket sales, auctions, lucky key, raffles and pledges. It is a testament to the enormous loyalty and generosity of so many of our regular donors and supporters, together with the enthusiasm our new supporters, that our major fundraising event was such as success this year.
We could not have done it without the support of our fabulous Zoofari Event Committee.Guest artist, Eddie Perfect, composed a witty song about Lemurs for his floor show. John Cleese, a Lemur advocate and Taronga Foundation Patron, sent a video message. Cerrone created a stunning black sapphire and white diamond necklace for a special casket raffle, and fresh from her TV hit ‘The Apprentice’, MC Deborah Thomas, handled the enthusiastic crows with wit and grace.
Funds raised on the night will be put back into in situ conservation projects to secure the future of this amazing species, the Lemur! In addition Taronga is building a world-class exhibit called the Lemur Forest Adventure which will give visitors an opportunity to interact closely with our Lemurs.
It will also provide a greater understanding of the Lemurs’ forest habitat in Madagascar and how important it is to protect this and other wildlife habitats. Funds raised will also be put towards a special Lemur breeding facility at Taronga Western Plains Zoo.