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From a trumpeting elephant to a leaping dolphin and a majestic giraffe, see these amazing animals and many others at BRICKLIVE Animal Paradise this summer at John Ball Zoo!

BRICKLIVE Animal Paradise features more than 40 life-sized animal sculptures created with over 1.8 million individually colored building bricks.

The exhibition illustrates the importance of the preservation of endangered species by bringing important animal and habitat facts and statistics to life in an entertaining fun brick-built environment.

The sculptures will be located throughout the Zoo for guests to enjoy during their visit. Along with sculptures of animals not at John Ball Zoo, there are many John Ball Zoo favorites like the African lion, snow leopard, and ring-tailed lemur. After checking out these amazing sculptures, guests can then visit their live counterparts who reside at the Zoo to see how they compare to their building brick lookalikes!

Guests can take a selfie in the Safari Jeep created from building bricks or behind a life-sized photo frame. Guests can also visit our gift shop or retail stand near the aquarium to purchase building bricks to take home. At the retail stand, there will be two brick play tables where kids can build what their imagination inspires!

BRICKLIVE Animal Paradise arrives May 1 and continues through September 7. Be one of the first to see this amazing exhibition! John Ball Zoo is only the third zoo in the country to host the exhibition and the first in Michigan.

Sponsorship opportunities are available! Check them out here.
Please contact Bethany Stowe, Development Director, at 616.336.3036 or

BrickLive Animal Paradise