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Not all the animals at the Bronx Zoo are running wild in summer 2011. Thanks to a group of Lego Master Builders, life-size sculptures of a tiger, giraffe, gorilla, flamingos, and other animals built entirely of Lego bricks greet visitors to the Wildlife Conservation Society's zoo.
According to the Master Builders, each animal creation uses about 1,000 Lego bricks, and they spend several days to build one animal. For example, the penguins took a day and half to model and then another day and a half or two days to glue all the bricks together.
From now through September 30, you can see these creative creatures that serve as ambassadors to their real-life counterparts. This is called the Great Summer Zoofari -- a Lego Wildlife Expedition, and the aim is to bring to life the challenges faced by wildlife due to habitat loss and other threats to their survival.The zoo will host Lego-building parties and other special events as part of the Zoofari. You can even download PDF guides to create a realistic Lego frog or fish.
Can't get to New York? Check out some of the amazing animals in the slideshow above.
Take a look at more photos of the Great Summer Zoofari on Inhabitat.