Dinosaurs in the Desert
A Prehistoric Journey Like No Other…

They’re coming! This fall, 23 prehistoric creatures will descend onto the Zoo’s Desert Lives Trail. This will be an unforgettable self-guided expedition into the land of the lost you won’t want to miss.

The first creature has already arrived!
April 12, 2017 – A citipati measuring nearly six-feet tall looms in the shade next to the greater flamingo exhibit. This dino has been custom painted to resemble the Chiricahua leopard frog – a true conservation success story at the Phoenix Zoo. 

See the citipati and all your favorite animals during regular Zoo hours Monday – Friday | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Did you know? The Chiricahua leopard frog (Lithobates chiricahuensis) is listed as ‘vulnerable’ on the IUCN Red List. The Phoenix Zoo’s Chiricahua Leopard Frog Head-starting and Release Program is one of the flagship efforts of the Zoo’s Conservation and Science Department and is responsible for the release of over 23,000 leopard frogs.

Since nobody knows for sure how dinosaurs were colored or patterned, we are calling upon all young artists to show us what they think. In anticipation of this world-class exhibit coming to the Zoo, we are hosting a “Design-o-Saur” coloring contest. Two lucky winners will each have their design painted on a stegosaurus in the new exhibit! 

Enter today!