“People forget the good that zoos do. If it weren’t for zoos, we would have so many species that would be extinct today.” – Betty White
If you went to school in Philadelphia, there is high chance you went to the Zoo on a field trip. Now, if that’s the case, you may remember the famous Zoo Keys! You were the coolest kid in school if you had all of them. You can no relive the nostalgia because the Zoo Keys are back!
Starting Saturday, April 6, 2019, guests will be invited to experience Creatures of Habitat and take a fantastical adventure visiting 12 amazing life-size LEGO brick vignettes situated throughout the Zoo. This gazillion piece journey shares the issues animals are facing around the world and spotlights the heroes working to save them. Each life-sized LEGO brick scene is intricately fashioned from thousands of LEGO bricks and is on exhibit only at Philadelphia Zoo through September 30th. You can purchase your tickets on the Zoo’s website.
Creatures of Habitat highlights the zoo community’s role in protecting wildlife. Crafted by Sean Kenney, one of only seven American LEGO certified professional artisans in the world, Creatures of Habitat features more than 30 life-size animal sculptures built from hundreds of thousands of tiny LEGO bricks. Fragile in the wild, some on the brink of extinction, the species represented in these vignettes range from Borneo to Brazil and the Arctic Circle to Africa, and in size from a 500-pound polar bear to the delicate golden lion tamarin.
While visiting Creatures of Habitat, guests can use the famous ZOO KEY at audiobooks located at each LEGO brick sculpture as well as other areas throughout the Zoo. Visitors can unlock insider secrets and stories about the magnificent creatures living at Philadelphia Zoo, told by animal keepers who care for them. The Zoo Key is a Philadelphia tradition that dates back over the decades. Generations of families experienced the Zoo with their Key. In fact, many Philadelphians still have and hold their original keys as a keepsake to cherish. The Zoo is proud to bring back this tradition and create new memories for generations to come.
Also opening on the same day as Creatures of Habitat is The Urban Green, a new open-air food marketplace and chill zone designed in partnership with Groundswell Design Group. The Urban Green offers an array of delicious options from fresh, delicious sandwiches and custom fries to frequently changing craft beers and vibrant wines. “It’s as if a neighborhood park with great food and a cool atmosphere just sprang up in the middle of the Zoo,” says Davis Fierbend, CEO, Groundswell Design Group. Featuring outdoor seating, eclectic artwork, a vertical farm, play and chill zones for all, The Urban Green is set to be the best alfresco spot in Philadelphia.
Whether you are reliving the nostalgia or sharing the tradition with your kids, the Creatures of Habitat will be sure to delight!
Creatures of Habitat
April 6- September 30, 2019
The Philadelphia Zoo 3400 W Girard Avenue 19104