The Zoo's website best explains how they celebrated this momentous occasion:
Mali in the City was the flagship event of Melbourne Zoo's 150th anniversary celebrations. During this one-of-a-kind public art event, a herd of 50 artist-designed Malis were exhibited on the city's streets and later back at Melbourne Zoo.
On October 25 the entire herd went under the hammer at Auction with all monies raised from the sale of the Malis going to our zoos conservation work. The Malis have already started to leave Melbourne Zoo, on route to their new homes.In January 2010, the "first elephant calf ever to be born at the zoo" was welcomed with much anticipation and fanfare. Following a naming contest and 34,000 votes the baby elephant was named Mali. The fibreglass elephant design is based on Mali.
Trini and I had the pleasure of meeting Mali in March 2010 and we are happy to report that she has grown quite a bit and is apparently due to become a big sister in November 2013.
|Mali - 2 months old (March 2010)|
The seven elephants below were my favorites amongst the eleven still on display.
Steve Monk - Elvis as an elephant - it seems even elephants can impersonate the King.
|Mali, Protector of all Animals|
|Mali's Melbourne Winter Wonderland|
|A Pattern of Orange-Bellied Parrots|
|Trini and her little friend.|