NEW SUMMER EXHIBIT TO FEATURE MORE THAN 40 FIGURES AT BROOKFIELD ZOO
A roaring tiger, a leaping dolphin, a lounging leopard—these are all animals one might expect to see on a visit to Brookfield Zoo. However, this summer, guests will have the chance to see these creatures in an entirely different and unique way at Brick Safari. The temporary exhibit, which opens May 11 and continues through September 29, features more than 40 life-size animal sculptures created from millions of individual colored LEGO® bricks.
Brookfield Zoo is the first venue in North America to display the international traveling exhibit. The menagerie of animals will be located along a winding wooded pathway on the east side of the park. Many of the sculptures are based on some Brookfield Zoo favorites—the giraffe, snow leopard, and pangolin. After checking out these amazing figures, guests can go visit their live counterparts that reside at the zoo. Additionally, guests will encounter some animals they would not normally see at Brookfield Zoo, including an elephant holding its trunk high and a giant panda with its playful cubs.
In addition to fascinating kids, those young at heart, and Adult Fans of LEGO® (AFOL), the interactive exhibit will appeal to both science and art lovers, who will have the opportunity to tap into their creative sides. Colorful graphics featuring interesting animal facts and statistics such as the size of each figure, how many bricks were used to build each one, and the amount of time it took to create each sculpture are displayed.
To commemorate their visit to Brick Safari, zoogoers can take a selfie in the Safari Jeep created from LEGO® bricks or behind a life-size photo frame. The gift shop near the exhibit’s exit will have a variety of brick-themed items available for purchase.
Open during zoo hours, admission to Brick Safari is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 3-11 and seniors 65 and over. Children 2 and under are admitted free. Brookfield Zoo members receive half off admission price. General zoo admission is $21.95 for adults and $15.95 for children ages 3-11 and seniors 65 and over. Park is $14. For further information, visit . About the Chicago Zoological Society The mission of the Chicago Zoological Society is to inspire conservation leadership by connecting people with wildlife and nature. The Chicago Zoological Society is a private nonprofit organization that operates Brookfield Zoo on land owned by the Forest Preserves of Cook County. The Society is known throughout the world for its international role in animal population management and wildlife conservation. Its Center for the Science of Animal Care and Welfare is at the forefront of animal care that strives to discover and implement innovative approaches to zoo animal management. Brookfield Zoo is the first zoo in the world to be awarded the Humane Certified™ certification mark for the care and welfare of its animals, meeting American Humane Association’s rigorous certification standards. Open every day of the year, the zoo is located at 8400 31st Street in Brookfield, Illinois, between the Stevenson (I-55) and Eisenhower (I-290) expressways and is also accessible via the Tri-State Tollway (I-294), Metra commuter line, CTA, and PACE bus service. For further information, visit CZS.org.