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At the Bronx Zoo: LEGO Wildlife Sculptures Inspire Visitors

New exhibits, activities set to begin on Saturday.

The Wildlife Conservation Society’s is taking visitors on a conservation journey through Wild Forest: A LEGO Safari, featuring LEGO wildlife sculptures and activities for the whole family. 

LEGO Master Builders have created a safari of LEGO brick wildlife sculptures on display along a wooded path near Zoo Center. Visitors will see lemurs, a tiger, hornbills, rhinos, gorillas, flamingoes, a giraffe, and other exotic wildlife along their trek and can visit their real-life counterparts throughout the zoo.

The safari brings to life the challenges faced by wildlife due to habitat loss and real threats to their survival. The goal of the program is to connect young minds to nature and inspire visitors to help build a future for wildlife. 

At the LEGO Construction Zone at the Dancing Crane pavilion, visitors will be able to construct LEGO wildlife sculptures and take part in the construction of a mystery mural. Guests can work with LEGO Master Builders one weekend a month on the Reptile House lawn.

In addition to the LEGO fun, the Wildlife Theater will perform for guests as along the safari path. Guests are also invited to create their own animal prints and puppets based on the zoo’s African animals with the help of artists from the Museum for African Art. 

An original production of Avenue ZOO – featuring a guest appearance by Kate Monster, the beloved puppet star of the Tony Award-winning musical AVENUE Q – is set for the stage at Asia Plaza. The popular musical has been extended with performances twice a day Thursday to Sunday through Sunday, Sept. 9. Avenue ZOO tells a tale where Kate Monster meets exotic animals and discovers that though they may seem strange and different, they are not so scary after all.

Finally, visitors can find their inner animal on the Animal Activity Trail. Learn to move like an animal while exploring the Bronx Zoo.  Everyone can run, jump, dance, and crawl as they visit some of their favorite wild animals throughout the park.

A full listing of activities and exhibits included in WILD FOREST – A LEGO Safari can be found at www.bronxzoo.com.

WILD FOREST – A LEGO Safari

Saturday, July 7 through Monday, September 3

LEGO  sculptures on display on the east side of Zoo Center.

Construction Zone

Children and families can create their own sculptures of animals and help complete a LEGO mystery mural.

Schedule & Location:

Daily 11 a.m - 4 p.m. at Dancing Crane Plaza

LEGO Master Builders

Professionals will work with visitors on building LEGO wildlife sculptures.

Schedule & Location:

10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 21 at Reptile House lawn

10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 11 at Reptile House lawn

Workshops with the Museum for African Art

Participants can enjoy African arts and crafts.

Schedule & Location:

Learn to make African animal puppets

11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday July 14 and 15  at Dancing Crane Pavilion

Make animal prints

11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday August 11 and 12 at Dancing Crane Pavilion

Wildlife Theater Shows

WCS’s outdoor Wildlife Theater shows incorporate conservation and nature lessons with puppets and music for audiences of all ages.

Schedule and Location:

Thursday through Sunday, Saturday, July 7 through Sunday, September 3

Showtimes: 11:30 a.m.; 1:30; 2:30; 3:30 p.m.

Hmmm July 05, 2012 at 10:57 AM
Amazing.
vr July 05, 2012 at 11:34 AM
Breathtaking work by the Lego master builders. Frankly i prefer them to actual animals, and they are odorless. This is plastic at it's very very best.
I Like That Horse July 13, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Plastic animals, simply perfection. Just what we need.

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