Edinburgh Zoo to host summer BRICKLIVE animal sculpture trail

Posted 16 May 2024 in Edinburgh Zoo

Man and son looking at large BRICKLIVE Bengal tiger model IMAGE: BRICKLIVE 2023

A Bengal tiger, an octopus and a 212kg orangutan are among the animals made from toy bricks that will be on display at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s (RZSS) Edinburgh Zoo this summer.  

The wildlife conservation charity will host a BRICKLIVE Zoo Safari exhibition from Friday 24 May until Wednesday 31 July, with visitors coming face-to-face with impressive live-sized animal sculptures. More than 1.5 million toy bricks will be used to create the models, which will form an interactive trail around the zoo.  

Over 25 sculptures can be found around the site, created to educate visitors about endangered animals around the planet and the actions they can take to protect them.  

Lindsay Ross, events and experiences manager at Edinburgh Zoo, said, “We are so excited about Edinburgh Zoo’s Brick Safari. BRICKLIVE have put together an amazing exhibit with some incredible sculptures of animals most of us are unlikely to see close-up in our lifetime – it will be a great addition to what is already a brilliant day out at the zoo.”

“We will also have interactive selfie zones, including a sit-in jeep made from over 70,000 toy bricks.”

A highlight of the trail will be a seven-foot-tall Bengal tiger, which is made from more than 81,000 bricks and took over 390 hours for the BRICKLIVE team to build. Other sculptures on display include a giant panda, an African elephant, and a gorilla.

Lindsay continued, “Every visit to the zoo helps feed and care for all our amazing animals and helps protect threatened species around the world, many of which our visitors will learn more about this summer with our Brick Safari.”  

Visitors can enjoy Edinburgh Zoo’s Brick Safari this summer with regular admission.

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