Generous Calgary Family Gives New Life to the Calgary Zoo’s Iconic “Dinny” the Dinosaur

Posted on June 29

Calgary, AB – The oldest resident at the Calgary Zoo is getting a much-needed makeover, thanks to the generosity of the Brawn Family Foundation.

Born in 1937, “Dinny” the Brontosaurus was constructed as part of the original Natural History Park. An imposing figure at 120 tonnes, 34 feet tall and 107 feet long, Dinny is a symbolic reminder that extinction is forever.

Dinny has quietly watched as the Calgary skyline around him has grown, the river has shifted and the world around him has changed. Generations of families have gathered under Dinny’s watchful eye with many memories including photos of children climbing his tail or families gathering underneath him to picnic.

The Brawn family’s special memories of Dinny led them to generously donate to cover the costs of Dinny’s restoration project, as well as the creation of a dedicated green space around Dinny.

“Dinny is an iconic symbol of the Calgary Zoo. It’s important to our family to highlight Calgary’s past, as well as its future” said Kelley Buckley. “As kids, we couldn’t wait to visit the zoo and spent most of the visit climbing Dinny and pretending he was our own personal pet. We hope the Dinny green space will bring as many happy family memories to visitors as it has for our family.” 

“We are incredibly grateful for the generous support of the Brawn Family Foundation. Thanks to their gift we will be able to ensure Dinny remains a treasured part of Calgary’s future for years to come” said Steven Ross, Calgary Zoo’s Chief Development Officer. “The Brawn Family’s legacy of philanthropic giving in our community is truly inspiring, and we are honoured to recognize their support with the Brawn Family Foundation Dinny’s Green.”

A public unveiling of the Brawn Family Foundation Dinny’s Green will take place in the Fall. The Calgary Zoo continues to fundraise for the Dinny Legacy Fund.

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Alison Archambault
Director, Brand & Engagement
Phone: 403.232.7766 | 403.919.9482 | [email protected]

The Calgary Zoo is a globally recognized conservation organization that guides, innovates, and applies scientific solutions to restore some of the world’s most endangered species. Locally and globally we take action in the wild every day to yield powerful benefits for nature and for people.  Our over 1,000 employees and volunteers are passionate about inspiring people to take action to sustain wildlife and wild places, welcoming over 1.3 million guests annually. As visitors discover the rare and endangered species that we love and care for at our facilities, they are directly contributing through admission and on-grounds sales to a not-for-profit charitable conservation organization that works to fight extinction of plants and animals worldwide.