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Thank you for everyone who supported our Raising Rhinos Ball on Saturday 7 May 2011. We were very pleased with the success of the event and the support for Taronga Western Plains Zoo.  The front page of Dubbo’s Daily Liberal newspaper the following Monday was certainly a testament to the evening.

The event raised $40,000 towards Black Rhino conservation and the purchase of a digital x-ray machine for our Taronga Western Plains Zoo veterinarian team.   The x-ray machine will be an enormous boost to the Black Rhino breeding program as well as a vital asset in assessing the health of many other species in the zoo.  Our veterinarian team is second to none and achieve some remarkable results with sick and injured wildlife and, on a broader scale, in helping shape the future of wildlife for generations to come. 

“The Fundraising Ball was an opportunity for the local community to come together and support our Zoo and the great work that we do for both native and exotic wildlife.” Matt Fuller

 Australia’s international best-selling author, Bryce Courtenay entertained guests with his tales of Africa whilst passionate Head Vet Dr Benn Bryant moved guests as he spoke about the plight of the Black Rhino and Taronga’s attempt to save the species. Raising Rhinos tickets were $120 per person and sold out well before the event.

 The nights activities included a special live auction of a character in Bryce Courtenay’s next novel, as well as a number of silent auction items. Live entertainment from The Beatels had the guests up and dancing until late into the night.