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Amazing new animals arrive at Bristol Zoo Gardens

13th July 2020

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A host of amazing new animals will be on show at Bristol Zoo Gardens this summer – made entirely of tiny bricks.    

Amazing new animals arrive at Bristol Zoo Gardens                                              

A massive orca, a huge shark, a dolphin, a penguin and a giant octopus are among the sea creatures which make up BRICKLIVE Ocean on display at the Zoo until early September.

The Zoo, which is set to re-open to the public tomorrow (Tuesday July 14) after a lengthy closure, is hosting around 50 life-like creations across the 12-acre site.

Each one has been created by skilled model-makers and inspired by animals found in oceans around the world.

A highlight of the exhibition will be the four metre long orca with its baby, which was created by a team of 20 builders and contains more than 220,000 bricks.

Other sculptures include a three metre long mako shark made up of more than 60,000 bricks which took a team of four builders more than 260 hours to create, a turtle made of over 27,000 bricks and a giant squid which contains more than 74,000 bricks.

There is also a model of a coral reef which contains over 24,000 bricks and took 159 hours to build.

Simon Garrett, Head of Public Engagement at Bristol Zoo Gardens, said: “These sculptures really are fantastic and are sure to offer a great addition to what is already a brilliant day out. They are certain to delight visitors of all ages when we re-open and we can’t wait to share them.”

The touring brick show has been created to entertain and educate children and families about the incredible diversity of life in the Earth’s oceans

Mark Guest, Creative Director for BRICKLIVE, said: “BRICKLIVE Ocean really is an amazing exhibit with some incredible builds that portray creatures most of us are unlikely to see up close in our lifetime.

“Education about our oceans and its lifeforms is a vital tool, in turning the tide on behaviours towards this incredible habitat and to help protect the creatures living within it. BRICKLIVE Ocean is a fun, engaging exhibit that has proved to be a family favourite.”

As well as visiting the brick creatures, visitors to Bristol Zoo can also see some of their real counterparts in the Aquarium. There are more than 115 species of fish at home there, from a wide variety of tropical and temperate, freshwater and marine habitats.

Stars of the aquarium include the red-bellied piranha, epaulette sharks, alligator gars, mudskippers, Nemo-like clownfish, Gerry the giant gourami and the ever-popular pufferfish.

Bristol Zoo Gardens is re-opening tomorrow (Tuesday, July 14) after weeks of behind-the-scenes work to implement a host of new health and safety measures across the site including a timed ticketing system, one-way routes and extra hand washing facilities, to ensure the safety of visitors and staff.

Visitors to Bristol Zoo are now asked to pre-purchase and members asked to pre-book tickets in advance, online, here

To find out more about the steps Bristol Zoo is taking to protect visitors and staff from the spread of coronavirus, please visit

Additional rules have also been put in place, which are available to view here

Bristol Zoological Society, which operates Bristol Zoo Gardens and Wild Place Project, is a conservation and education charity and relies on the generous support of the public not only to fund its important work at Wild Place Project and Bristol Zoo, but also its vital conservation and research projects spanning five continents.

In March the Society launched an appeal to ensure the future of its work ‘saving wildlife together’. The Society, which is a registered charity, has launched the BZS Appeal following the temporary closure of both its sites in Bristol in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.

To find out more, or to make a donation, visit

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