Dinosaurs coming to Memphis Zoo | Arts & Culture
This spring the Memphis Zoo opens an all new exhibit featuring Dinosaurs.
The exhibit will have 15 animatronic creatures.
This attraction will be open March 10 through July 8, 2012.
The Memphis Zoo is partnering with a company that has done this exhibit around the country from San Diego to St. Louis.
The Zoo president says this may sound familiar, but technology is taking the exhibit to a whole new level.
"Many people may remember the dinosaur exhibit the Memphis Zoo had in the 90s," said Dr. Chuck Brady, Memphis Zoo President and CEO. "The new exhibit will be outdoors, and the dinosaurs themselves will be much more advanced than what we featured before."
Different from many other dinosaur exhibits, these utilize a hydraulic motion system, making them lower maintenance, sustainable outdoors and their movements more life-like.
"Dinosaurs" will feature a total of 15 different dinosaurs in a special exhibit area, positioned west of the current waterfowl exhibit. This area will include a jungle atmosphere, which simulates dinosaurs in their pre-historic habitat, a dinosaur video and an archaeological dig for children to learn how these creatures were discovered.
This exhibit also opens the door to a new conservation message for children of all ages. The Zoo's Education Department will create field trip and class options that give students a hands-on lesson about these creatures and how important it is to preserve the species we have today so they aren't lost to extinction.
Admission to "Dinosaurs" will be $3 for Memphis Zoo members and $4 for nonmembers.