Any Inhabitat reader knows how much we love LEGOs, and this time, this architectural toy of choice has managed to create a fun and interactive way to experience the Bronx Zoo.
Deemed "The Great Summer Zoofari," this new installation features a smattering of impressive LEGO statues that are situated right next to their real-life counterparts. Accompanying the arrival of this latest addition to the Bronx Zoo's menagerie of creatures is a series of LEGO-riffic events that are sure to bring out your inner child. Hit the jump to see our personal encounters with the pixelated creatures!
LEGO Master Builders crafted the life like statues, which sit in natural habitats scattered throughout the zoo. The 6-foot tall giraffe was one of our favorites.
A LEGO gorilla and her baby sit in the grass, watching the visitors. We'll admit that we had a lot of fun tracking down the animals! You could make the adventure even more fun by dressing up like Steve Irwin and posing for safari pictures with the statues.
The full-scale aquarium replica, complete with a big red octopus, is ultra impressive.
Many of the animals were selected to highlight the Wildlife Conservation Society's preservation efforts, such as the ray spray toad.
A flock of pink flamingos stand in real water. The LEGO Masters are hosting a series of LEGO building events and workshops for families to get creative and build their own creations.
The zoo also has free-for-all LEGO construction center available for children (and creatively suppressed adults) to build to their hearts' content. Do you think you could make a statue as impressive as this bear?
There are online-guides that can help you or your child create your very own LEGO creatures, like the fish in the aquarium, at home.
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.
You can place yourself in the LEGO displays with several fun photo opps like this bear face installation.
The LEGO statues will be on display at the zoo through September 30, so hurry to see them before they go back to LEGO heaven.