The Dinosaurs Have Come Alive!

Our exciting summer-long exhibit, Dinosaur Invasion! has come alive!

This display of more than a dozen life-like animatronic dinosaurs will inhabit zoo grounds from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day at no extra cost to zoo members or with paid zoo admission. A special Palio Pass will be available for purchase that allows junior paleontologists to participate in dinosaur-related activities – look for this starting in June.

We hope you enjoy seeing lifelike, moving, roaring dinosaurs, including a huge T. Rex and Edmontonia at the Northwestern Mutual Amphitheater, a fish-eating Baryonyx in the swan pond and a long-necked Brachiosaurus towering in the trees over the Wildlife Trail. We also see this exhibit as a reminder that extinction is forever, and we hope to reinforce our conservation mission of saving endangered species with our guests throughout the summer.

We hope to see you return to the zoo often as we add events including a weekend with paleontologist “Dr. Dino” June 30 and July 1, and other fun family activities with a dinosaur theme.

Stay tuned to this website and our social media for updates on these and other summer events!

My Best,

Janet Agostini
President + CEO
Friends of the Zoo

Get ready for a Dinosaur Invasion!

The Friends of the Zoo spent the past few months immersed in all things Dinosaur as we mobilized to bring a Dinosaur Invasion! to the zoo. We’ve added this attraction to your zoo for the summer as a special treat for the public AND a wonderful way to add value to your zoo membership.

This display of 12 life-size animatronic dinosaurs will inhabit zoo grounds from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day at no extra cost to zoo members or with paid zoo admission.

As you walk the familiar Wildlife Trail, prepare to encounter a huge T. Rex looming around a bend, or coming upon a dinosaur nest complete with newly hatched babies. I know I won’t get tired of seeing a long-necked Brachiosaurus towering over the zoo!

In putting this exhibit together, the Friends learned that many other zoos that host similar displays pay for them by charging an added fee. We wanted our visitors to be able to experience our Dinosaur Invasion at no added cost – and for our members to enjoy it free of charge. So we moved quickly to make this happen in hopes of giving you the “Best Day Ever,” dinosaur-style, all summer long.

We hope to see you return to the zoo often as we add prehistoric parties, educational offerings, a visit from paleontologist “Dr. Dino” and other fun family activities with a dinosaur theme.

Stay tuned to this website and our social media for updates on these and other summer events.

My Best,

Janet Agostini
President + CEO
Friends of the Zoo