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More than 20 dinosaur sculptures to arrive July 1 for "Dinos! Live at Denver Zoo,"
supported by Your Hometown Toyota Stores
Keen eyes will notice that some dinosaur-sized footprints have appeared at three different Denver locations in the last week. These special adornments, found at the corner of 15th and Champa, Children’s Museum of Denver at Marisco Campus and Denver Zoo, signal the arrival of Denver Zoo’s upcoming traveling exhibit, Dinos! Live at Denver Zoo, supported by Your Hometown Toyota Stores. The exhibit runs from July 1 through October 31, and features 21 life-sized dinosaurs, 18 of which are animatronic. Perfect for all ages, this exhibit offers the chance for guests to see these prehistoric creatures brought to life among the Zoo’s animals.
From a Tyrannosaurus Rex, to the lesser known Edmontonia, nearly all of the "terrible lizard" sculptures will move, roar and interact with guests. Sculptures will mostly be located near a Denver Zoo animal species that shares common traits. Plus, a fossil dig will give budding paleontologists the chance to get their hands dirty while discovering and excavating dinosaur bones! Additionally, a non-robotic dinosaur—or a “Selfie-saurus”— will act as a photo-opportunity for guests to sit on and pose for photos.
The Zoo will host several events in conjunction with the exhibit. On opening day, July 1, guests are invited to Dinos! and Donuts. The event will be held from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. and includes breakfast, carousel rides and a chance to learn about dinosaurs from paleontologist Chris DeLorey (“Dr. Dino”), the education director for the Brevard Zoo.
On July 8, 15, 22 and 29, guests of all-ages can get an even deeper dinosaur experience at the DINOS! Prehistoric Party. In addition to seeing the sculptures and Zoo’s animals after-hours, the event will include family-friendly entertainment, such as craft stations, games, animal demonstrations, fruit carving and more! A members-only night will be held on Saturday, July 1.
On Thursday, July 20, and Saturday, September 16, guests 21 and older are invited to Denver’s wildest happy hour, Food Truck Safari, an adults-only night at the Zoo. The popular event will feature food to purchase from local food trucks scattered throughout the Zoo, as well as live acoustic music.
In addition, during the fall, dinosaur sculptures made from pumpkins will emerge for DINOS! After Dark. The themed dinosaur and African safari pumpkins will be carved and stacked into a fun display. The event will run nightly October 12-15, 19-22 and 26-29 with a members-only preview October 5-8. Boo At The Zoo will run October 28 and 29.
Also, children will have the opportunity to see if they have what it takes to survive a night amongst the dinosaurs at DINOS! Safari CampOUT. Guides will have night vision scopes ready as campers explore the Zoo after hours to discover what dinosaurs and present-day animals have in common. Families, scouts and community and school groups are invited to sign up for this overnight adventure. Admission includes dinner, live animal encounters, campfire treats, safari tents for the evening and breakfast the following morning. DINOS! Safari CampOuts are offered July- September; visit the Zoo’s camps page for more details and to register.
For more information about Dinos! Live at Denver Zoo, and to purchase tickets to any of the events, please visit the Zoo’s events page.