Wild Life Sydney Zoo has closed out this June’s Pride Month with a cute, colourful celebration featuring many rainbow exhibits.
The month at the Darling Harbour zoo has been full of colour and pride, with a whole range of animal friends joining in the festivities.
The keepers have given the animals some very special enrichment toys and activities with a rainbow twist, including colourful building blocks, tree branches, and soccer balls.
Enrichment helps keep the animals’ minds and bodies active, as well as encouraging their natural behaviours in the zoo.
To mark the end of Pride Month, fabulous local drag icon Maxi Shield stopped by the zoo this week for a social media takeover and to meet loads of gorgeous animal friends, including koalas, kangaroos, snakes, and Ringo the wombat.
Maxi was joined by zookeeper Scott and divisional director Rob Smith to talk all things Pride and why celebrating as a community is so important.
Wild Life Sydney Zoo and its parent company Merlin Entertainments said they are proud to celebrate the diversity of the LGBTQIA+ community and to support the ACON Welcome Here project.
Merlin Entertainments is also very proud that one in five of its staff are openly LGBTQIA+ at work.
As a further part of their commitment to the community, the zoo is this weekend hosting a Zoom call with Rainbow Families, an organisation working to build a community that fosters resiliency through connecting and empowering LGBTQIA+ families.
Pride Month is celebrated around the world every June.
Hundreds of parades and festivities this year were cancelled or taken online due the coronavirus pandemic.