The Calgary Zoo will once again venture back in time with the re-opening of our prehistoric park on March 18. Returning for the season will be more than twenty animatronic dinosaurs and beloved roving mascots Rex and Sam, the latter being our adventurous junior paleontologist whose mission is to share his love of all things dino. Catch them both throughout the park daily and make sure to take a selfie with a Tyrannosaurus rex!
Other popular photo stops are still onsite at the iguanodon egg nest where you get to climb in and become a hatchling, the enormous poop pile by styrachosaurus (it looks like the Drumheller hoodoos or some might even say a ‘poodoo’), and the dino-sized steak near our long-necked herbivores apatosaurus and omeisaurus.
New this year will be the University of Calgary’s Wagonstage Theatre. These talented young actors will be showcasing performances in July and August designed especially for young dino fanatics, aged 3 – 9. Combining songs, zany characters and a conservation adventure like no other, our prehistoric park amphitheater will be transformed into the best off Broadway venue around. We’ve upgraded our theatre with newly installed fans to keep you cool while you time travel without leaving your seat.
We’ve also expanded our exploration into the prehistoric world with activities and interactive talks on a variety of species who shared the dinosaur’s ecosystems. From sharks to crocodiles and birds to turtles, our zoo educators will help navigate your journey into nature as it existed 65 million years ago. There will be lots of artifacts, costumes and games so budding paleontologists will be in like-minded company as they talk shop to their heart’s content.
“Whether you want to talk about ancient ferns or compare brain sizes of dinosaurs to those in reptiles alive today, we are excited to chat with all visitors this summer,” shares Chrissy Begus, supervisor of Visitor Education. “Dinosaurs Alive has been one of the most popular additions in recent years and our team of dedicated dino experts are busy creating memorable encounters for guests of all ages.”
Grab your hat and sunscreen and join us from March 18 – October to venture to a world gone but definitely not forgotten.