Rest assured that Taronga’s first concern is always the welfare of the remarkable animals in their care.
The locations of the lanterns and light sculptures for Vivid Sydney at Taronga Zoo have been carefully chosen to focus on public areas rather than animal exhibits.
Taronga’s animals also have access to the comfort and shelter of their night dens and inside areas, but it’s not uncommon for certain animals to choose to remain outside during night events.
Planning has included detailed assessments from keepers, veterinarians and behavioural studies experts to ensure that the event will not be problematic for our animals. Additional keepers that are very familiar with the behaviours of all our animals will work later shifts to monitor them.
The actual lighting within the zoo is largely based on softly glowing lanterns, not an intense lighting display. These lanterns will gradually be switched on in late afternoons so that our animals can become accustomed to them.