Twenty-three prehistoric creatures have officially descended onto the Phoenix Zoo’s Desert Lives Trail. This is an unforgettable self-guided expedition into the land of the lost you won’t want to miss.
For the convenience of our guests, we’ve put together tips, construction info, pricing and everything else you need to know about Dinosaurs in the Desert below!
Starting October 6, entrance to Dinosaurs in the Desert is only $4 for members and $5 for the general public in addition to Zoo admission. The Dinosaurs in the Desert experience is similar to the cost of Stingray Bay, the Giraffe Encounter, etc.
Parking, Hours and More
We anticipate Dinosaurs in the Desert being a popular attraction. We have multiple parking lots, so please follow the directions of our parking lot attendants to ensure the safety of everyone.
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Background on the Exhibit
The 23 prehistoric creatures were designed by Billings Productions/The Dinosaur Company. They specialize in bringing the prehistoric past back to life. The company was founded in 2003 by Larry and Sandra Billings and today has an average of 20 events at locations all over the world. Their “collection” includes more than 350 creatures in a 67,000-square foot production shop. They’ve also partnered with more than 65 scientific organizations across the globe.
Dinosaurs in the Desert at the Phoenix Zoo is Billings Productions most ambitious partnership yet.
The Phoenix Zoo is the first zoo to feature a dinosaur exhibit in a desert setting! But what really makes our experience different is how we tied the prehistoric creatures to our conservation efforts. Arizona is home to many magnificent animals with beautiful colors and patterns. We have let these animals inspire the look of the dinosaurs in our Dinosaurs in the Desert exhibit!
Additionally, Dinosaurs in the Desert features a sprawling backdrop of land formations that pre-date and post-date the existence of dinosaurs (the existence of dinosaurs spanned 150 million years!).
At Dinosaurs in the Desert, you’ll notice many well-known dinos such as a Brachiosaurus, Carnotaurus, Coelophysis, Citipati, Edmontonia, Diabloceratops, Stegosaurus, Tyrannosaurus rex and Utahraptor.
However, there are several you may not have heard of… but that are equally as amazing!
Be sure to see the Dilophosaurus; fossils have been found in Arizona and is frequently referred to as our state dinosaur. While the exhibited Diolophosaurs spit, they didn’t actually spit. This was something made popular in “Jurassic Park” when they had the Dilophosaurus spit venom on their victims.
You’ll also undoubtedly notice the Quetzlacoatlus, which was/is the largest known flying animal.
The arms and hands of the Tyrannosaurus rex at Dinosaurs in the Desert reflect the most current findings from recent fossils found in regards to how they were actually positioned.
And, last but not least, we are the first zoo to display TWO Design-O-Saur winners!
Grand Opening Celebration
On October 6, 7 and 8 we’ll have some special activities planned such as an interactive fossil dig, dinosaur artifact and keeper talks, baby Triceratops and T. rex meet & greets, prehistoric phot-ops, dino doodles & face painting and much more!
Fry’s Foto-Saurus Contest
Send your dino-mite pictures to us (@PhoenixZoo) on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using #FrysFotoSaurus to be entered for a chance to win a family membership to the Zoo!
Dinosaurs aren’t the only ones with big appetites! A number of dino-themed treats are available throughout the Zoo.
Please check the Dinosaur Calendar of Events for the latest info on specific dino-rific happenings.
All the things you need to know before you enter Dinosaurs in the Desert.