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New Nature Connects® Exhibit Features Stunning Animal Sculptures

Guests at the Indianapolis Zoo can connect with the wild world in a unique way this summer with Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® bricks presented by Citizens Energy Group and Indiana Members Credit Union. Opening to the public on May 21, with special members-only preview days on May 19-20, this incredible temporary exhibit will feature 12 animal sculptures constructed with tens of thousands of LEGO® bricks.

Visitors will see a polar bear and her cubs, a hatching sea turtle and a snow leopard, to name a few. Artist Sean Kenney’s remarkable creations will all be set amid the stunning scenery of White River Gardens. Inside the Family Nature Center, the little ones can build their own conservation-inspired creation using LEGO® bricks.

Throughout the Nature Connects® exhibit, guests will also learn how the sculptures relate to top animal conservationists, all of whom have been honored by the Indianapolis Prize, the world’s leading award for animal conservation.

In addition to this amazing new attraction, which continues through Labor Day, lots of new animals have also joined the Zoo family recently. From cubs and calves to pups and chicks, more than a dozen baby animals have been born within the past year.

Among the newest arrivals is a female Sumatran orangutan – the first ever born at the Zoo. Since giving birth in March, Sirih has been doing everything an orangutan mother should do. She keeps her baby close, though guests can still catch glimpses of the baby clinging tightly to mom.

In the Plains area, three African lion cubs were born last September. Now nearly 8 months old, Enzi, Mashaka and Sukari enjoy playing together and interacting with guests at the viewing windows in the newly renovated exhibit. Nearby, guests also see the Zoo’s biggest baby, Mshangao. Born in January, this 4-month-old reticulated giraffe calf already stands well over 7 feet tall.

All of the Zoo’s exhibits, including Nature Connects®, are free for members and included with regular admission. Guests are encouraged to save time and money on their visit by purchasing advance tickets online at IndianapolisZoo.com.

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