Elmwood Park Zoo is pleased to announce the debut of a new life-sized sloth sculpture, made entirely of LEGO® bricks. This one-of-a-kind piece was created by Master Model Builder Mike Nieves at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Philadelphia in Plymouth Meeting. LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia donated the sculpture to the zoo in honor of the zoo’s new “Harmony Hideaway” exhibit, which features a two-toed linnaeus sloth named Liana.
The LEGO “Liana” measures 19 inches long and weighs between 20 and 25 pounds. The sculpture is built around a steel bar attached to a heavy duty cable; this support allows the sculpture to hang from a tree limb much in the same way that an actual sloth spends most of its time.
Beginning Saturday, April 23, the sculpture can be seen outside alongside the zoo’s Harmony Hideaway exhibit. Guests visiting the sculpture will be invited to enter their guesses at how many LEGO bricks were used in its creation. The entrant who guesses closest to the actual number will win a Family Membership to Elmwood Park Zoo and 4 Annual Passes to LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia. The contest is open exclusively to zoo visitors.
About LEGOLAND® Discovery CenterAt LEGOLAND® Discovery Center, families with children aged 3 to 10 can enjoy a world of creativity, color and building fun in the ultimate indoor LEGO® playground. With features including landmarks made from nearly 1.5 million LEGO bricks in the MINILAND® attraction to fun and exciting LEGO themed rides. Then watch as your favorite LEGO characters come to life in the 4D Cinema. Get hands-on with the thousands of LEGO bricks in themed build and play areas where kids’ imaginations can run wild with the endless possibilities that LEGO play offers. Adults must be accompanied by children to enter. Visit legolanddiscoverycenter.com for more information.
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About Elmwood Park ZooEstablished in 1924, Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown is home to dozens of wild and endangered species. As a nonprofit organization accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, its mission is to foster an appreciation for wildlife and the environment that will inspire active participation in conservation. The Zoo is now open 7 days a week, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, through September 5. Tickets are available online at elmwoodparkzoo.org