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Dinosaurs Invade Zoo Miami Jan. 24 - May 10

T-Rex arrives at Zoo Miami. Photo: Zoo Miami
T-Rex arrives at Zoo Miami. Photo: Zoo Miami

Dinosaurs LIVE! is coming to Zoo Miami on Jan. 24, 2015 with 22 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs and displays that look like the real animals that once existed. Prepare to see these extinct creatures come back to life in an extraordinary outdoor Jurassic adventure. Open daily during normal zoo operating hours only through May 10, 2015, this exhibit will take zoo guests back to a time when dinosaurs roamed the earth.

Among the dinosaurs on exhibit, guests will discover favorites like a fully grown “spitting” Dilophosaurus and baby, fast moving carnivores named after its two crests, and of course, the Tyrannosaurus Rex, whose name means “Tyrant Lizard King” due to its size and power. Along the journey, guests will find not only an adult Tyrannosaurus Rex, but also a nest of freshly hatched newborns and a baby T-Rex that seems as vicious as a grown one. Other dinosaurs may be easily recognized by visitors, including the Quetzalcoatlus, one of the largest flying creatures to ever exist, and a juvenile Sarcosuchus, a distant relative of the crocodile we see today. Towering over the other dinosaurs will be the Brachiosaurus, a long-necked creature that could have measured up to 50 feet tall.

Guests may be amazed to find dinosaurs they never knew, including some with fascinating features, like the Pachycephalosaurus – whose name means “thick headed lizard”. Its thick skull was surrounded by blunt bony knobs and spikes, making it stand out from the other dinosaurs. The Citipati is identified by its unusually short head that ends in a short toothless beak, giving it a bird-like appearance. The Parasaurolophus also stands out with a unique feature to help identify it. Its name means “beside crested lizard,” and after spotting it, it is obvious why. This dinosaur has a long bony crest atop its head that measured about 6 feet long. Be sure to keep an eye out for its egg nest as well, but don’t get too close!

“We believe this exhibit will bring many visitors to the zoo since our fascination with these creatures has outlived them.  Many people know more about dinosaurs than animals that are still present today.  We invite visitors to feed their dinosaur fixation by visiting Dinosaurs Live! at Zoo Miami,” said Zoo Miami Director Eric Stephens.

Guests will be surrounded by several other dinosaurs, posed in their natural state, including a couple of Coelophysis, very fast runners with curved necks that resemble long legged bird, a Deinonychus slashing through its fallen prey and another watching on as guests pass by.  On display will also be an impressive Diabloceratops, Protohadros, Acrocanthosaurus and an interactive photo opportunity with a Pachyrhinosaurus.

Dinosaurs LIVE!, by Billings Productions, a leading provider of animatronic dinosaurs, is included with Zoo admission and is open from Jan. 24 to May 10, 2015 Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends and holidays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.