Join the Vigil at Taronga Zoo
On the 4th of March, at 12.30pm Taronga Zoo staff will commemorate the loss of 3 billion animals that were killed in the recent Black Summer bushfires by hosting a "Vigil for Animals". The Vigil is a planned event for Taronga staff, with the hope that it will become an annual public event in the years to come.
The vigil will include a tree planting ceremony of a bushfire recovery species "Old Man Banksia", a traditional wildlife blessing dedicated to the wildlife lost in the fires, as well as staff reflections on Taronga's bushfire response. A minute silence will also be held in remembrance of all Australian wildlife lost in the devastating bushfires and there will also be the opportunity on the day for staff and guests to make their own personal pledge to help combat climate change.
Members of the public around Australia will be encouraged to take part in a social media campaign to help grieve the loss of so much of our beloved wildlife. An alternative may be holding your own local community vigil. People are invited to post their own pledge online with a photo of the tree or an animal online to #ForOurFauna #forthewild.