Earlier today we were invited to spend the day at Twycross Zoo, in Warwickshire to check out the Great Brick Safari. Over 70 lifesize LEGO® animals have been dotted around the zoo for fans young and old to explore. The exhibition is on from today (20th October) until 7th January 2019.
My five year old Olly loves the zoo and loves LEGO® so there is no better combination than the Great Brick Safari. On arrival at the zoo, he spotted the first animal which was the tiger right by the entrance in Himalaya. With excitement levels high, we went through to the zoo and couldn’t wait to explore.
The Great Brick Safari is here
Having been to Twycross Zoo before, we knew our way around so armed with the Great Brick Safari map, we got on our way and began to search out the animals. At each animal that is made entirely of LEGO® is a little plaque that tells you the animals name, how many bricks are needed to build them and how long it took to build them. It will blow your mind to find out how many LEGO® bricks were used, let’s just say it was a LOT of LEGO®.
Our favourite LEGO® animals on the Great Brick Safari were the elephant, the kangaroo and her young joey, the Gorilla and the Zebra.
Earl Grey the Elephant stands at over 2.5 metres high, used 271,739 bricks and took 1600 hours to build (that’s 66 and a half days!) Gorman the Gorilla is made up of 33,000 bricks and took 480 hours to build. Zelma and Zoe the Zebra appear really intricately built with beautiful stripes all over their bodies. Zelma has 30,000 bricks and took 520 hours to build and Zoe is made up of 8000 bricks and took the same time as Zelma. I wonder which one they made first? All the LEGO® animals are very impressive with completely recognisable features, brilliant colours and so much detail.
So much to see and look at
As well as exploring the zoo for the LEGO® animals, we had a really good look around the enclosures and watched in awe at the Gibbons who were out on the ropes swinging around and making calling sounds. They were fantastic to watch.
We also loved the Bonobo who were taking it easy, lounging around in their enclosures and watching their visitors look on in absolute awe of them. Similarly, we loved the Gorilla and the Bornean Orang Utan who are so fascinating to watch.
Brick Pit is a hit
Once we had spotted most of the LEGO® animals, we went to the cafe for a quick cup of tea whilst Olly jumped into the brick pit where could make anything he wanted out of LEGO®. It was a really busy spot and there were lots of little ones all attempting to build animals, buildings and houses out of bricks, so lovely to sit and watch.
If you’re looking for a fun-filled day out in Warwickshire this half-term, head to the zoo. It’s been a really lovely day in the sunshine and we’ve all had a really good day. Thank you to Twycross Zoo for our invite, we’ve loved spending the day with you.
Head to https://twycrosszoo.org to book your tickets online and save 10% off the entry fee.
Disclosure: We were invited to the zoo in exchange for social media coverage. All words and images are my own, even the cheeky monkey in the blue jacket!