The 13th Annual Taronga Dinner, hosted by Samantha Armytage at Doltone House, was a wild success, raising much needed support for struggling rhinoceros species. Alarming reports from the wild indicate that one rhino is killed every 11 hours for their horn. If poaching continues at this insatiable rate, deaths will soon outstrip births by 2015, making Zoo efforts more important than ever before.
Guests heard from Senior Veterinarian, Dr Benn Bryant on the night about Taronga’s well established and respected role in the conservation of rhino species, both in the wild and at Taronga Western Plains Zoo. Taronga is a founding member of the International Rhino Foundation (IRF) and continues to provide financial and in-kind support to help support wild rhino populations at a most critical time in their history. With populations continuing to decline, the work of the IRF and our Zoo breeding programs at Taronga Western Plains Zoo are critical to the species survival.
The Taronga Foundation relies on the support of our corporate partners and individuals to sustain these conservation efforts. We were once again overwhelmed by the goodwill and support received on the night and a total of $242,100 was raised from the evening.
Thank you to everyone who attended and supported the event by purchasing tickets, buying auction items, participating in the raffle and lucky rhino and making a pledge. This money will go a long way in continuing our efforts for rhinos, both here and in the wild.
A special thanks to our event sponsors;