The trolls at Philly Zoo have a message: Save nature and you’ll save yourself

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The Philadelphia Zoo is emerging from hibernation this weekend after its seasonal January closure to reveal a troop of trolls.

Six large-scale troll sculptures have taken up residence throughout the zoo. They are made from reclaimed lumber, mostly shipping pallets. Each has a name, a distinct personality and a message about wildlife conservation and environmental sustainability.

The trolls were made by Danish artist Thomas Dambo, whose iconic, site-specific sculptures have popped up around the world promoting a message of recycling and preserving natural places. Last year, one of them appeared locally in Hainesport, New Jersey.

“Trolls: Save the Humans” is a touring set of sculptures. Philadelphia is the third city to host them and the first on the East Coast.

  • February 2, 2024
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