Dinosaurs come roaring back to the Fort Worth Zoo this spring

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Dinosaurs come roaring back to the Fort Worth Zoo this spring

Dinosaurs Unleashed features Texas dinos

FORT WORTH, Texas – This spring and summer the original “kings of the jungle” are invading the Fort Worth Zoo. Dinosaurs Unleashed, the Zoo’s new temporary exhibit, features more than a dozen life-like, animatronic dinosaurs and runs from April 9 to July 10, 2011. All of the dinosaurs are native to Texas, and many were created specifically for display at the Fort Worth Zoo. This is the first-ever exhibition of this dinosaur collection.

In addition to coming face-to-face with the sights and sounds of these prehistoric animals, visitors will enjoy fun, educational information about each dinosaur, its location in the state, and the animal at the Zoo it most closely resembles. For instance, the Zoo’s giant saltwater crocodile housed in the Museum of Living Art (MOLA) has many of the same physical characteristics of the 8.5- ton Deinosuchus, a carnivore once found near the Big Bend region. These comparisons present the Zoo with an opportunity to share natural history facts about animals that are often portrayed as mythical creatures.

“We’re excited about yet another opportunity to educate while we entertain our guests,” said Zoo Executive Director Michael Fouraker. “This is the first time we’ve featured Texas dinosaurs, but because we’ve displayed others in the past, we know that children and adults alike are fascinated with these gigantic creatures.”

Dinosaurs Unleashed is free with regular Fort Worth Zoo admission. The Zoo is open 365 days a year and regular admission rates are $12 for adults, $9 for children (ages 3 to 12), FREE for toddlers 2 and under and $9 for seniors. Admission is half-price every Wednesday throughout the year.

Editor’s Note Dinosaurs Unleashed featured species: Acrocanthosaurus; Brachiosaurus; Coelophysis; Deinonychus; Deinosuchus; Dimetrodon; Edmontonia; Edmontosaurus; Ornithomimus; Protohadros; Stegoceras; Stegosaurus; Torosaurus; Triceratops; Tyrannosaurus rex.

The nationally acclaimed Fort Worth Zoo has been ranked the No. 5 zoo in the nation by USA Travel Guide and the No. 1 attraction in the DFW Metroplex by Zagat survey. The Zoo is home to more than 500 animal species and a world-famous reptile collection, housed in the brand new Museum of Living Art (MOLA). The institution’s focus on education and conservation is second to none, enhancing the lives of more than 1 million visitors a year.

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For further information, contact:

Alexis Wilson, Communications Director
awilson@fortworthzoo.org

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