Marwell Wildlife has become the first UK zoo to host a collection of giant LEGO brick animals. 81 stunning sculptures, representing 27 different species, have been installed at the Hampshire attraction, offering an exciting and unique trail to connect people with nature.

Bordon-based LEGO building company Bright Bricks used over two million bricks to make the incredible sculptures. Among them you’ll find a 1.5-tonne elephant, a Bengal tiger and a majestic lion with his playful cubs. Other sculptures are inspired by Marwell’s own diverse collection of animals, with an ostrich, a pair of warthogs and a mob of animatronic meerkats all featuring.

Sean Mannie, director of Guest Services at Marwell Wildlife said: “We are so excited to be hosting this amazing event at Marwell. The LEGO brick trail is an interactive and engaging way of highlighting some of our really important species, as well as welcoming some wonderful new animals to the zoo!”

“To be the first UK zoo to host an interactive LEGO brick experience is a real thrill. LEGO is so iconic and continues to appeal to both adults and children and we are delighted to have the sculptures complementing the 100s of animals that live in our 140 acre park.”

LEGO fans of all ages can also try their hand at making their own brick creations in The Great Brick Building Zone. The ‘zone’ has been set up in a marquee in front of historic Marwell Hall and will be home to three different LEGO activities. For £3 guests can build their own mini LEGO figure to take home. There will also be two free-of-charge activities; a LEGO brick pit for keen builders to let their imaginations run wild and a ‘Python Marathon’ where LEGO enthusiasts can contribute to a record breaking LEGO brick snake by building segments to join onto its body.

As part of the Great Brick Safari, sculpture spotters can find out the number of builders, hours taken, weight and bricks used for each of the LEGO animals featured, apart from the elephant, ‘Earl Grey’, as named by public vote. A free spotter’s guide, available at the zoo entrance, will give trail-goers the chance to guess the number of bricks used to build him and win a family tour of Bright Bricks. The free Marwell Zoo app now includes The Great Brick Safari map, Spotter’s Guide and fun LEGO facts!

The Great Brick Safari is included with general admission to Marwell Zoo and runs from 1 August until 1 October. Follow Marwell Wildlife on Facebook, Twitter and Marwell Zoo on Instagram for all the latest.