LEGO Master Builders crafted the life like statues, which sit in natural habitats scattered throughout the zoo. There’s a flock of flamingos in real water and a gorilla and her baby sitting in tall grass. Our favorites were definitely the giraffe — it’s more than 6-feet tall! — and the tiger, which looks like it’s ready to pounce on passers-by. The full-scale aquarium replica, complete with a big red octopus, is equally impressive. Many of the animals were selected to highlight the Wildlife Conservation Society‘s preservation efforts.
When you enter the Zoo, merely ask the (sometimes) friendly attendants at the counter for a LEGO Zoofari Passport along with your ticket for a comprehensive guide to the installation’s whereabouts. On an inner tab of the Passport, you can “collect” 6 different stamps for souvenir-like proof of your visit. While procuring one of these guides is a definite must for your Lego voyage, another optional facet of a successful trip would be dressing you or your child in an African safari outfit, Steve Irwin style, to get in the mood for tracking down the animals.
If the LEGO installations still fail to satiate your need for life-like pixelated animals, then the Bronx Zoo’s upcoming schedule of events is sure to please. A scheduled series of guided LEGO-building classes hosted by the LEGO Masters is available on the Bronx Zoo website to plan a future trip. On certain weekdays and weekends, there’s a free-for-all LEGO construction center available for children (and creatively suppressed adults) to build to their hearts’ content. In addition to the bear, flamingo, tiger, gorilla, frog, and giraffe statues, there are online-guides that can help you or your child create your very own LEGO creatures at home.
While the LEGO statues are relatively slow-moving, this installation is ending quickly! Be sure to see these plasticine wonders before they get disassembled and shipped back to LEGO heaven on September 30. For more information and LEGO schedules, click the link below!
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