Here at the Arizona Center for Nature Conservation/Phoenix Zoo, our mission is to advance the stewardship and conservation of animals and their habitats while providing experiences that inspire people and motivate them to care for the natural world.

It’s something we certainly don’t take lightly, and try to find as many ways to connect individuals with the beauty of nature.

Take our Dinosaurs in the Desert exhibit, for example. 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, and we let these animals inspire the look of the dinosaurs in in the exhibit.

However, children who are battling an illness may not be able to visit the Zoo to see these dinosaurs. To remedy that, we brought the dinosaurs to them.

Several staff members made a visit to Phoenix Children’s Hospital with our baby T. rex recently. We talked about the importance of conservation, what we can learn from these amazing animals and displayed fossilized claws, teeth and, yes, even poop! We even recorded a short educational video for the kids who weren’t able to leave their room.

Just another reason why we are #MoreThanAZoo.

Check out photos from the special day below.