JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (March 3, 2020) — The dinosaurs are back for their fifth appearance at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens on Friday, joined by other prehistoric creatures and plants for this year’s Dinosauria exhibit, presented by Sonny's BBQ.

From March 6 to July 5, guests can take a journey back in time through the Permian, Triassic, Jurassic, Cretaceous, and Pleistocene epochs to come dangerously close to over 20 life-size, prehistoric animals. Guest favorites like the Tyrannosaurus rex and Triceratops will return, along with the Zoo’s first appearance of Ice Age creatures like the Woolly Mammoth and Smilodon.

Every Dinosauria adventure begins by traveling through the Time Tunnel straight into the forests of the Permian epoch. Explorers can refer to their online Field Guide as they look for prehistoric creatures lurking around every corner. New surprises await in each epoch as they listen for sounds, look for movements, and even check out dinosaur poop along the trails!

After a long journey through time, explorers are greeted at Base Camp to test their new-found paleontological knowledge through fossil digs, creating a digital dinosaur, and more. The Dinosauria adventure also continues throughout the Zoo. Guests can check out the T-Rex Grill takeover to satisfy their roaring hunger and the 4D Theater for a special dinosaur showing, “The Lost World.”

The creatures of Dinosauria were researched and developed by the paleontologists at Dino Don, Inc. to feature life-like movements and sounds. Every explorer will leave with a better understanding of not only what these prehistoric animals looked like, but where they were found, what they ate, how much they weighed—and even what types of plants were around when they roamed the earth.

Dinosauria requires Zoo admission and is an additional $5 for the general public and $4 for Zoo Members. Tickets are available starting Friday in-person and online at JacksonvilleZoo.org/Dinosauria. For those who crave more than one journey through Dinosauria, a Frequent Explorer card is available to the public for $25 and $20 for Members.

Stay tuned for additional Dinosauria experiences through July including sensory-friendly adventures with no sounds or movements, Member events, sleepovers, and summer camps.



About Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

For over 100 years, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens has aimed to inspire the discovery and appreciation of wildlife through innovative experiences in a caring environment. Starting in 1914 with an animal collection of one red deer fawn, the Zoo now has more than 2,000 rare and exotic animals and 1,000 species of plants, boasting the largest botanical garden in Northeast Florida. The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is a nonprofit organization and a portion of every ticket sold goes to the over 45 conservation initiatives Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens supports around the world, and here in NE Florida. JZG is proud to be an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. For more information, visit jacksonvillezoo.org.