Marwell Zoo in Hampshire launched The Great Brick Safari today, an interactive experience featuring over 2 million LEGO bricks.
Marwell is the first UK zoo to host a collection of giant LEGO brick animals. Over 80 stunning sculptures, representing 25 different species, have been installed, offering an exciting and unique trail to connect children with nature. Among them is a 1.5 tonne elephant, a life size Bengal tiger and a majestic lion with his playful cubs. Other sculptures are inspired by Marwell’s own diverse collection of animals with an ostrich, a warthog and a mob of animatronic meerkats all featuring on the trail.
Sean Mannie, director of Guest Services at Marwell Wildlife said: “We are so excited to be hosting this amazing event at Marwell. The LEGO brick trail is an interactive and engaging way of highlighting some of our really important species, as well as welcoming some wonderful new animals to the zoo!”
“To be the first UK zoo to host an interactive LEGO brick experience is a real thrill. LEGO is so iconic and continues to appeal to both adults and children and we are delighted to have the sculptures complementing the 100s of animals that live in our 140 acre park.”
LEGO fans of all ages will also be able to try their hands at making their own animal sculptures in the LEGO brick play area. For £3 guests can build their own mini LEGO figure to take home, plus keen builders will be able to let their imaginations run wild in the LEGO brick pit. A ‘Python Marathon’ will also be on offer for LEGO enthusiasts allowing contributors to help build a record breaking LEGO brick snake.
The Great Brick Safari is included with general admission to Marwell Zoo and runs from Tuesday 1 August until Sunday 1 October.
For more information on visiting Marwell Zoo go to www.marwell.org.uk