Chester Zoo has unveiled its programme of activities for 2019, and it includes some badass Lego tigers.
Next month, the Lego: Big Cats exhibition will feature a set of twelve megacats made by master builders from thousands of Lego bricks. There'll also be some Lego versions of other zoo animals.
The twelve big cats will include lions, tigers, cheetahs and leopards, and will be laid out in an adventure trail across the zoo. Visitors will also have the chance to make their own models, as well as learning about real big cats.
Chester Zoo will also get enormous life-sized animatronic mega-beasts this summer, including dinosaurs and a giant bear. Badass.
Jamie Christon, Chief Operating Officer at Chester Zoo, roars:
"2019 is set to be a special year for us.
The new animal habitats will help us to continue our world leading conservation work for the species in our care, from rare lemurs in Madagascar to endangered Asiatic lions.
As an education charity, it is vital that we also continue to engage visitors in this mission. We hope to bring visitors closer to the animals than ever before by giving them the chance to walk with lemurs, taking an expedition right into the heart of the forest, just as you can do in the wilds of Madagascar. People will not forget this experience. By inspiring a life-long connection to wildlife, we hope to create the conservationists of the future.There are plenty more experiences to inspire learning and play in 2019. With more than 20,000 animals, you might think there’s little you can’t already see at Chester Zoo, but in 2019 we’ll also be bringing you life-sized animatronic re-creations of extinct predators, ranging across 200 million years of history.
And before all this, the zoo will become over-run with Lego animals.
We were humbled to greet more visitors in 2018 than at any time in Chester Zoo’s long history. Every person through our gates helps to prevent extinction by supporting our vital work as a conservation charity. We look forward to welcoming each and every visitor back again in 2019."
We hope they've got some giant Lego boxes ready, because big cats are still cats.