Queen Nyani

Taronga Zoo

The gorilla is a majestic animal and, as it shares 98% of our DNA, is one of our closest relatives. Meet King Nyani, the largest bronze gorilla statue on the planet, created by internationally renowned artists Gillie and Marc, who sits majestically on the shores of Sydney Harbour at Taronga Zoo.

King Nyani gives an interactive experience unlike any other. With his hand large enough to fit two- three people, our guests can get up close and personal with this gentle giant and fall in love with him. Taronga’s vision is to secure a shared future for wildlife and people. Sitting in the giant hand of King Nyani brings Taronga’s conservation message to life – the future is in our hands.

It is in this same spirit that Taronga will hero King Nyani as part of Rainbow Project for WorldPride 2023.

With a giant rainbow cape flowing down his back, King Nyani will welcome everyone to sit in his hands and celebrate the diversity of our communities and the spirit of inclusion for all.

And what’s WorldPride without a few disco balls to add to the celebration!

A photograph of the large bronze reclining Gorilla statue under the fig tree at Taronga Zoo. It has a rainbow cape superimposed on the back and illustrations of disco balls hanging from the tree above.

Acknowledgement of country

Sydney WorldPride will take place on the lands of the Gadigal, Cammeraygal, Bidjigal, Darug, Dharawal people who are the Traditional Custodians of the Sydney Basin.

We pay our Respects to their Elders past and present. Always was Always will be Aboriginal Land.

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people come from many different clans and communities across Australia & in 2023 will come together as one, to celebrate with our global LGBTQIA+ community.