The annual Vivid festival in Sydney is a sight to behold, with parts of the city illuminated with light shows and 3D projections. Musical performances fill the air along with a host of other exciting events. This year, there will be a special attraction. As part of Sydney’s Taronga Zoo Centenary celebrations and its commitment to protect endangered species, ten giant animal sculptures will be illuminated, representing ten critically endangered species from Australia and Sumatra.

“Captivating creatures ranging from the magnificent Asian elephant to the vividly coloured Corroboree Frog will sparkle at night to inspire visitors to support Taronga’s efforts to create a shared future for wildlife and people,” mentions the Vivid Sydney website. The tickets to the event can be purchased at

The Guardian has provided a video preview of the various illuminated animals at Taronga Zoo, some with movable jaws and tails. In the video, we are shown a rhinoceros, an alligator, a Sumatran tiger, an Asian elephant, a platypus, a couple of tortoises and many more. The displays look stunning but it is the message of conservation that will be highlighted the most, says New South Wales Environment Minister Mark Speakman in the video.

The giant sculptures with interactive lighting and also sound effects have been provided by Ample Projects, mentions Vivid Sydney’s website. “Taronga’s 10 Legacy Species light sculptures will be augmented by a supporting cast of echidnas, cicadas, chameleons and even funnel-web spiders, along with thousands of smaller lanterns made by NSW school students as part of the Zoo’s Centenary celebrations,” the website informs.

“For our 100th birthday this year, what better way to mark it than to celebrate Vivid at Taronga?” Taronga Chief Executive Cameron Kerr told ABC.

The Vivid Sydney festival begins on May 27 and ends on June 28, as noted by News18.