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By bringing attention to nine endangered species and their vanishing habitats, it is our hope that this unique, one-of-a-kind animal experience will inspire conservationists of all ages.  Situated within set designs created specifically for each animal and habitat and scattered throughout the Zoo, each animal sculpture was intricately designed one small LEGO® brick at a time – 259,450 in all.

“Creatures of Habitat: A Gazillion-Piece Animal Adventure” is free with paid Zoo admission or with your valid Zoo membership.

A LEGO® Certified Professional

Sean Kenney was named by the LEGO Group in 2005 as the first LEGO Certified Professional in the world.  He was commissioned to create each of the 32 animal sculptures spotlighted throughout the “Creatures of Habitat: A Gazillion-Piece Animal Adventure” exhibit.
FUN FACT:  The polar bear is the largest sculpture he has ever created! It took him over 1,100 hours to complete utilizing 95,000 LEGO® bricks.

 

The Animals

From Borneo to Brazil, Africa to the Arctic, the animals featured throughout “Creatures of Habitat: A Gazillion-Piece Adventure” takes Zoo explorers to the far reaches of the world.  Through the use of LEGO® animals and creative set designs, visitors will learn first-hand how human behavior impacts and endangers the habitats of thousands of animals so dependent on them for their very survival.

ARCTIC:
A life-size polar bear will tell the tale of the diminishing polar ice caps.  Did you know that by turning off your lights at home can help the polar bears?
PERU:
Five life-size penguins will greet guests to draw attention to over-fishing.
NORTH AMERICA:
The diamond-backed terrapin struggles to survive among high speed roads and extensive building.
GUAM:
On the island of Guam is the small Kingfisher, a bird driven to near extinction by the invasive brown tree snake. This display features two Kingfishers a brown tree snake.
ECUADOR:
See a magnified Harlequin frog and learn about the Chytrid fungus crisis that’s wiping out 1/3 of all amphibians.
BORNEO:
Three terrariums will set the scene with a miniature depiction of the deforestation of a Borneo rainforest and the palm oil crisis; home of the orangutan.
CONGO:
Did you know that cell phones harm gorillas?  Learn what you can do to help alleviate the crisis.
BRAZIL:
13 golden lion tamarins frolic and play in this display.  Did you know that less than 1,500 are left in the wild?  Harvesting and city expansion are to blame.

 

Great Ape Photo-ops!

The ‘must have’ photos of the summer will be outside the Great Ape building all summer long!  Stick your face through a colorful LEGO® mosaic and see how you’d look as a gorilla or swingin’ orangutan! Have your cameras at the ready.  Cheese!

Pick Up Your Passport to an Extraordinary World!

To assist families on their journey of discovery, each will receive a fun passport that includes 10 collectible “Creature Keeper Cards” – trading cards (perforated for easy removal) that showcase each animal featured at the various stations and the action steps everyone can take to be a part of the global conservation solution.  Available at entry while supplies last.

Imagine. Build. And, well, just have fun creating your own inspired animal masterpiece! Open most days in the main plaza. Free with Zoo admission.
Blocks cannot be removed from play area.
Open weekends only after September 2.


Utah’s Hogle Zoo extends a hearty thank you to our friends at the Philadelphia Zoo for their support and cooperation in bringing “Creatures of Habitat: A Gazillion-Piece Animal Adventure” to the families of Utah.

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