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Giant dinosaurs hatch at the Dallas Zoo this spring
Mar 19, 2019

DALLAS (March 19, 2019) – More than 24 larger-than-life animatronic dinosaurs will roar into Texas’s largest zoo on FRIDAY, APRIL 5, and it’s going to be epic. Dinos at the Dallas Zoo will transform ZooNorth into a prehistoric jungle until Labor Day on September 2. (MEDIA will be invited to experience the exhibit on Thursday, April 4 before it opens to the public. More details to come.) 

As one of the 130-year-old park’s continuing efforts to give back to the community, Dinos at the Dallas Zoo will be free with zoo admission, so guests pay no additional charge to explore this colossal adventure. 

“In 2015, we brought these impressive animatronic dinosaurs into the park, and it was the first year we hit more than one million visitors,” said Gregg Hudson, Dallas Zoo’s President and CEO. “We are thrilled to bring the popular dinosaurs back from extinction, and this time we’re debuting super-cool new feathered dinosaurs and we’ve built in more kid-friendly games and activities.”

From the ferocious Tyrannosaurus rex to the feathered Citipati, zoo-goers can experience these massive dinosaurs that shift and blink as their tails move and they roar loudly. Made of steel with a urethane waterproof skin, the dinosaurs have electronic “brains” that control their movements and sounds. 

Visitors can also stroll through a misty prehistoric cave illuminated with fossils; catch the daily “Train a Dino” demonstration; experience a dino encounter at the Lacerte Family Children’s Zoo, and more. Plus, kids can hunt for fossils in the Dino Dig Zone; manipulate robotic dinosaurs; build dino puzzles with giant bones; experience “Jump like a Dino” and “Spit like a Dilophosaurus” activities; and engage throughout the zoo with an interactive timeline, educational activities, and conservation programs. Of course, the selfie opportunities will be endless, too. 

“Dinos at the Dallas Zoo will no doubt entertain our guests, but there are timely and important messages we want them to leave with – we don’t want the magnificent animals in our care and their species in the wild to become the dinosaurs of the future,” said Sean Greene, Dallas Zoo’s Chief Operations Officer. “Throughout Dinos we’ve created multiple opportunities for guests to learn about endangered species and what the Dallas Zoo is doing to protect them, so we can all work together to create a better world for animals for generations to come.” 

The zoo’s popular Wonders of the Wild show will be re-themed to “DinoSOAR,” presented by Kimberly-Clark. The show will highlight the connection between dinosaurs and modern-day creatures with some impressive animal ambassador stars. 

The zoo will throw a party of prehistoric proportions to celebrate International Dino Day, May 31-June 2, which will include a special visit on June 1 by dino aficionado Dr. Dino (a.k.a. Dr. Chris DeLorey). Dinosaurs will also be key elements in select zoo summer camps, and special dinosaur-themed events and birthday parties will be available. Dinos at the Dallas Zoo is sponsored by the Dallas Tourism Public Improvement District. 

Dallas Zoo members can experience special access to Dinos at the Dallas Zoo with Member Mornings on April 6-7, Member Happy Hour on May 23, and an Adults-Only Night open to the public, but free for members on June 6. Visitors can save now by becoming members with a 10-percent discount valid through May 31, which gets guests a full year of free admission, free parking, and more. 

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About the Dallas Zoo: The Dallas Zoo is dedicated to creating a better world for animals. Named one of the

nation’s Top 10 Zoos by USA Today, it is the largest zoological experience in Texas. The zoo has been accredited

continuously by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums since 1985, and features a 106-acre park, thousands of animals, and an education department that offers programs for all ages. The zoo is located at 650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway (I-35 at Marsalis) and is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit or call 469.554.7500.