About DinoZoo

Dinosaurs stomp into Bristol Zoo Gardens this summer

They ruled the Earth for millions of years and now dinosaurs are making a comeback at Bristol Zoo Gardens this summer.

For five months, 12 huge and incredibly life-like animatronic dinosaurs will be placed around the Zoo. The new residents will include some of the world’s most popular dinosaur species, such as the tyrannosaurus rex, triceratops and the long-necked brachiosaurus, all of which willbe brought to life using mechanical technology and animatronics.

The exhibition, called DinoZoo, will be open every day from Friday, May 25 until Sunday November 4 2012, and is free with Zoo admission. It will give visitors thechance to get up-close to amazing, moving, roaring, hissing, growling and even water-spraying creatures they’ve only read about in books or seen in films.

Over the past two weeks Bristol Zoo has been giving clues as to the nature of its summer spectacle via its Facebook and Twitter pages, and even placed a car in the centre of Bristol, seemingly crushed by what appears to be a huge creature, and surrounded by T-rex footprints.

Dr Bryan Carroll director of Bristol Zoo, said: “We are always looking for new and exciting ways to entertain, inspire and educate our guests, and this year is no exception. DinoZoo is sure to be a fantastically popular new attraction that will take our guests on a journey that started over 200 million years ago."

“We are really looking forward to unveiling these giant creatures on May 25. It also presents a great opportunity to tell our guests about the very real extinction threat facing many species in the Zoo and around the world.”

In celebration of its new prehistoric residents, Bristol Zoo is selling dinosaur-related toys and gifts in its shop, and has even re-named it’s snack hut the ‘Snackosaurus’.

Bristol Zoo Gardens is a conservation and education charity and relies on the support of its guests to fund its animal conservation work in the zoo and with endangered species around the world, which help save wildlife from going the same way as the dinosaurs - extinct.