When a day at the zoo involves a day at the beach

A sandy savannah on the Frankston waterfront in Melbourne is the setting for some very wild scenes with life-sized sculptures – created with 3500 tonnes of sand  – that are about to send crowds animal crackers.

There’s been no monkeying around, with 20 of the world’s finest sculptors busy for weeks making some huge zoo animals on the Melbourne beach in time for its Boxing Day opening.

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Sand Sculpting Australia‘s sandy path will bring you face-to-face with monkeys, giraffes, elephants, lions and meerkats alongside orang-utans, zebras and gorillas. Expect more than 100 animals carved in sand and on show.

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Futuristic fantasy creatures will also crawl from the sand, so try to spot the unicorns, griffins and even Nessie herself, visiting from the Loch Ness.

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There will be a chance to learn the basics of sand sculpting and have a go at creating your own masterpiece, free face painting, a giant sandpit and Lego play area. On special days watch a professional sculptor create a mini masterpiece in a flash.

Sand Sculpting Australia’s A Day at the Zoo is on now until April 25, 2016. Tickets can be purchased on the day at the event ticket box (cash only).

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