Published in Nature on 26 March 2017

Sumatran Tiger – 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 Sumatran Tiger.

The Sumatran Tiger is one of the most magnificent animals on the planet, and they are in critical danger. If we don’t act now, these incredible cats could be gone forever.

There are as few as 400 Sumatran Tigers left in the wild, brought closer to extinction every day by the threats of poaching, and habitat destruction as a result of unsustainable development.

Poaching is the biggest threat to the Sumatran Tiger, which is illegally hunted in the wild for its skin and body parts – falsely believed to have medicinal powers and act as a strong talisman due to the tiger’s power and strength.

Sumatran Tiger Vivid Sydney Taronga Zoo Ferry

For Sumatran Tigers, for the next 10 years

Taronga is committed to saving the Sumatran Tiger by supporting Wildlife Protection Units in Sumatra to create a safe and secure wild home; working with local communities to improve sustainable living practices and engage them in tiger conservation; and maintaining an insurance population of Sumatran Tigers through participation in the global breeding program. Taronga is also 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.