Published in Nature on 26 March 2017

Platypus – 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 Playpus.

Platypus, the iconic state animal of NSW and emblem of Taronga Zoo, are vulnerable in the wild as a result of habitat loss, pollution of waterways with plastics, predation by feral animals and bycatch (accidental capture) in fishing nets and yabby traps.

Platypus Vivid Sydney Taronga Zoo Ferry

For Platypus, for the next 10 years

Taronga is committed to supporting research into alternative yabby traps to reduce the accidental capture and death of Platypus, and Platypus breeding programs. Additionally, Taronga have developed education programs designed to empower school kids to become advocates for Platypus by raising awareness and helping their families and communities to change their attitudes and behaviours towards their local environment, to help protect Platypus.

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