John Ball Zoo

See it now! 

From a trumpeting elephant to a leaping dolphin and a majestic giraffe, see these amazing animals and many others at BRICKLIVE Animal Paradise at John Ball Zoo now through October 25, 2020 !


BRICKLIVE Animal Paradise features more than 40 life-sized animal sculptures created with over 1.8 million individually colored building bricks. 

Be one of the first to see this amazing exhibition! John Ball Zoo is only the third zoo in the country to host the exhibition and the first in Michigan. 

The exhibition illustrates the importance of the preservation of endangered species by bringing important animal and habitat facts and statistics to life in an entertaining fun brick-built environment.

The sculptures will be located throughout the Zoo for guests to enjoy during their visit. Along with sculptures of animals not at John Ball Zoo, there are many John Ball Zoo favorites like the African lion, snow leopard, and ring-tailed lemur. After checking out these amazing sculptures, guests can then visit their live counterparts who reside at the Zoo to see how they compare to their building brick lookalikes!

Guests can take a selfie in the Safari Jeep created from building bricks or behind a life-sized photo frame. Guests can also visit our gift shop or retail stand near the aquarium to purchase building bricks to take home. At the retail stand, there will be two brick play tables where kids can build what their imagination inspires!

Sponsorship opportunities are available! Check them out here.
Please contact Bethany Stowe, Development Director, at 616.336.3036 or

Wondering how these are built? Check out this time-lapsed video of the macaws being built. On your visit, you can find the macaws on the South America boardwalk near the flamingos. 

BRICKLIVE Animal Paradise included with general admission purchase.

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