Published in Nature on 26 March 2017

Asian Elephant – Vivid Sydney

Beyond the Wharf has teamed up with Vivid Sydney to help celebrate Taronga Zoo’s centenary. This year for Vivid, you’ll find eight zoo animals depicted in LED lights: 8 critical species that the zoo has dedicated to conserve.

One of the species depicted is the Asian Elephant.

If we don’t act now, the magnificent Asian Elephant could disappear from the world’s forests in as little as 20 years. Asian Elephants are endangered as a result of rapidly shrinking habitat in Sumatra and across Asia, as a result of deforestation for logging, palm oil plantations and agriculture, illegal wildlife trade, and human-elephant conflict.

Asian Elephant Vivid Sydney Taronga Zoo Ferry

For Asian Elephants, for the next 10 years

Taronga is committed to protecting Asian Elephants by funding wildlife protection units and elephant guard towers, working with governments and other organisations to increase the size of protected wild areas in which elephants can survive and thrive, and continuing their successful participation in the global breeding program. Additionally, Taronga is working in partnership with TRAFFIC to combat illegal wildlife trade through their Wildlife Witness app and by funding a Wildlife Crime Analyst in TRAFFIC’s office.

Click here to see the seven other species lit up around your harbour this Vivid Sydney.