Archive: They’re Baaaack – and They’re Bigger Than Ever!

Dinosauria runs May 22 through Labor Day at the Detroit Zoo

May 21, 2015


Forty lifelike animatronic dinosaurs that snarl and move – and some that spit – have taken up residence at the Detroit Zoo to provide a mega-dose of Vitamin Z for visitors of all ages.  Dinosauria, presented by Kroger and Michigan Education Savings Program, runs May 22 through Sept. 7, 2015.  The blockbuster summer attraction – the largest dinosaur exhibit of its kind in the country – was last featured at the Zoo in 2011.  

Visitors enter a veritable “Zoorassic World” as they travel back in time along a lush, winding, 5-acre DinoTrail recreating prehistoric life.  Enormous prehistoric creatures lurk at every turn, including adult dinosaurs, youngsters and even a nest with eggs and hatchlings.  The robotic dinosaurs are built on steel frames by Texas-based Billings Productions and covered with intricately painted foam rubber skin.  High-tech electronics and air pistons power the dinosaurs’ menacing claws and gnashing teeth while a sound system gives them their “voices”.

Dinosauria is open daily through Labor Day, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (until 8 p.m. Wednesdays during July and August).  Tickets are $5 with Detroit Zoo admission for visitors ages 2 and older and are available at main admissions, the Dinosauria ticket booth or online at

The prehistoric adventure continues with two experiences at the Wild Adventure Zone in the Ford Education Center.  Featured at the 4-D Theater is “Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure 4-D”, a 15-minute movie that takes audiences back 82 million years for a look at the sea’s most dangerous predators.  “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs – The Ride” at the Simulator Ride finds the sub-zero heroes from the worldwide blockbuster venturing into a mysterious underground world after Sid the sloth stumbles across three abandoned dinosaur eggs and decides to raise the hatchlings as his own.  Tickets for both experiences are $5 with Detroit Zoo admission and are available at main admissions, the Wild Adventure Zone ticket booth or online.