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30 October 2012

It was clear many Victorians felt very strongly about the Mali in the City elephant sculptures displayed on Melbourne’s city streets as part of Melbourne Zoo’s 150th Anniversary celebrations.

On Thursday 25 October, the entire herd of unique elephant sculptures were sold at a spectacular auction event raising more than $450,000 to contribute to Zoos Victoria’s wildlife conservation efforts.

Auctioneer Roger McIlroy from leading Australian fine art auction house deutscher and hackett ran the auction with Mike Larkin, Channel Ten News Weatherman as MC in a night that the Zoo will certainly remember for many years to come.

Melbourne Zoo Director Kevin Tanner was thrilled with the auction success and delighted the sculptures will all be going to great homes.

“We are hopeful that some sculptures may even end up on permanent display back in the city of Melbourne.

“This would be an amazing tribute to the Zoo’s anniversary and the Mali in the City exhibition,” he said.

Melbourne Zoo would like to thank all of the artists, sponsors and thousands of supporters that helped make Mali in the City memorable.

Find out more about how Zoos Victoria is fighting wildlife extinction here in Australia and overseas.