SOURCE: Denver Zoo

July 10, 2015 17:02 ET

Denver Zoo Holds Contest to Guess How Many LEGO® Bricks Built "Leo the Lion"

Sculpture Is 1st Piece in Traveling Exhibit: Nature Connects, Art With LEGO® Bricks, Brought to You by The Goddard Schools

DENVER, CO--(Marketwired - July 10, 2015) - Denver Zoo is holding a Woobox contest to guess how many LEGO® bricks were used to create Leo, a full-size lion sculpture. The incredibly detailed, specially-commissioned piece is the first of the exhibit, “Nature Connects, Art with LEGO® Bricks,” by Sean Kenney, brought to you by The Goddard Schools, which will run from August 7 to November 1. This award-winning, traveling exhibit features life-size, and even some larger than life, animal and plant sculptures created using LEGO® bricks. Leo is a preview awaiting the mane event and the contest will run from today, July 10, through August 31.

Participants can check out Leo sitting just outside of the Zoo’s Benson Predator Ridge exhibit, then submit their guess of the number of bricks used online at The person with the closest guess, without going over, will be announced shortly after the contest ends on August 31. If the winner is a non-Zoo member, he or she will receive a behind-the-scenes tour for up to six people at Benson Predator Ridge. If the winner is already a member, they can either renew their membership for free, up to a Family Level, for an additional year, or give a membership as a gift to someone else. That person will also receive four, behind-the-scenes tours of their choice, as well as four Glow Lights Packages to this year's Zoo Lights, Presented by Your Neighborhood Toyota Stores. Each package includes one admission ticket, a souvenir mug with hot cocoa, and one pair of 3D glasses.

Beginning Aug. 7, more than 35 sculptures will be scattered throughout the Zoo, representing animals people can find in both North America and abroad. These include a 400-pound bumblebee and a hummingbird with an eight-foot wing span. In addition to showing guests how they connect with animals and nature through art, Zoo staff members hope the exhibit will build a fondness among children for science, technology, engineering and math. The travelling exhibit is free with regular Zoo admission.

A Denver Zoo membership is your pass to adventure 365 days a year. As a member, you receive discounts on food, gifts and special programs. Best of all, by becoming a member you’re helping secure a better world for animals here and all over the world. All Denver Zoo memberships include regular daytime admission to Denver Zoo for one year, 20% discount on gift shop purchases, 10% off food and beverage purchases at Denver Zoo and a free subscription to Denver Zoo’s members’ magazine ALIVE!

About Denver Zoo: Denver Zoo brings education alive, providing a unique learning experience that sparks an interest in the natural world for visitors and program participants alike. Home to 4,300 animals representing more than 600 species, the Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), which assures the highest standards of animal care.

A leader in green action, Denver Zoo is the greenest zoo in the country and is dedicated to ensuring the safety of the environment in support of all species by attaining the highest environmental standards. Since 1996, Denver Zoo has participated in about 600 animal conservation projects in 62 countries on all seven continents.

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