If you think you feel the earth rumbling Memorial Day weekend, no need to check with your meteorologist – it may not be the weather!
Starting May 26, and running through September 3, the Milwaukee County Zoo presents its newest rumbling and roaring guests – that’s right, the dinosaurs! Take a trip back to a prehistoric time as “Adventure Dinosaur,” sponsored by Sendik’s Food Markets, returns to inhabit the Zoo!
Our “Adventure Dinosaur” outdoor special exhibit, complete with sound effects and tropical plants, will include more than 20 dinosaur models. New dino guests, never seen here before include the 300-pound, 15-foot long, adult Massospondylus and its baby. Just don’t walk too close to this mom, as she watches over her baby – she just might grab you with her sharp thumb claws!
Another new guest, the Edmontonia, almost looks like an oversized armadillo, except this 22-foot long, 3.5-ton creature has sharp spikes along its tail and head and has ridged bony plates on its back and tail.
Watch out for the 38-foot long Acrocanthosaurus. This bi-pedal carnivore has many thin, serrated teeth and a head that’s almost five feet long!
Back for a return engagement, don’t miss the ever-popular saliva spitting Dilophosaurus. (Don’t tell anyone, but it’s really just water!) Also returning this year, you’ll find a sand pit dig box where kids can search for fossils. Our exhibit wouldn’t be complete without Tyrannosaurus rex, baby T. rex. and their nest.
For those with an inquiring mind who want to see just how these lifelike, motorized dino models work, we’ll again have a Deinonychus robot skeleton displaying the inner workings of these menacing models. Visitors can work the joysticks themselves to figure out just how these creatures are able to move and rumble like their prehistoric counterparts.
“Adventure Dinosaur,” sponsored by Sendik’s Food Markets, is open daily, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibit is located behind the Small Mammals Building – just follow the T. rex footprints to discover this tropical land! Admission is $2.50 per person, after regular Zoo admission.