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Dinosaurs Live! Now at ZooMiami thru May 10

By on March 7, 2015

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Prepare yourself for a Jurassic adventure in your own backyard that you will live through! The zookeepers at Zoo Miami have imported 22 life-sized dinosaurs guaranteed to give you goosies all around the grounds. As you wander through the Zoo and hear a roar, or see a head with a long neck move among the trees, don’t panic, they didn’t get loose to come to eat you. They may look ferocious, but they are harmless animatronic reincarnations of creatures that roamed the Earth long before you were born. Take a walk through history and learn all about the beasts that came before us, from a safe distance, of course.
Quetzacoatlus’s head was bigger than a human body, more than 6 feet long, and its neck was 10 feet long!

Quetzacoatlus’s head was bigger than a human body, more than 6 feet long, and its neck was 10 feet long!

Among the favorites of the dinosaur world you will find a fully grown “spitting” Dilophosaurus and its baby, fast moving carnivores named after its two crests, and of course, the Tyrannosaurus Rex, whose name means “Tyrant Lizard King” due to its size and power. T-Rex has a nest of freshly-hatched newborns and a baby T-Rex ready to make their way in the Dino World. You will easily recognize the Quetzalcoatlus, one of the largest flying creatures to ever exist, and a juvenile Sarcosuchus, a distant relative of the crocodile we see today. Keep looking up, to find towering over the other dinosaurs and many of the trees, the Brachiosaurus, a long-necked creature that could have measured up to 50 feet.
What about those dinosaurs that don’t get the top billing but are still fascinating? The Pachycephalosaurus – whose name means “thick headed lizard” has a 10” thick skull surrounded by blunt bony knobs and spikes, making it stand out from the other dinosaurs. The Citipati is identified by its unusually short head that ends in a short toothless beak, giving it a bird-like appearance, like an ostrich with scales. The Parasaurolophus also stands out with a unique feature to help identify it. Its name means “beside crested lizard,” and after spotting it, it is obvious why. This dinosaur has a long bony crest that curves backward atop its head that measured about 6 feet long. Be sure to keep an eye out for its egg nest as well, but don’t get too close!
Deinonychus inspired the theory that birds descended from dinosaurs, a wacky idea back in the 1960’s, now accepted by scientists

Deinonychus inspired the theory that birds descended from dinosaurs, a wacky idea back in the 1960’s, now accepted by scientists

You will be surrounded by several other dinosaurs, posed in their natural state, including a couple of Coelophysis, very fast runners with curved necks that resemble long legged birds, a Deinonychus slashing through its fallen prey and another watching on as guests pass by. On display will also be an impressive Diabloceratops, Protohadros, Acrocanthosaurus and an interactive photo opportunity with a Pachyrhinosaurus.
Dinosaurs LIVE! is included with Zoo admission and is open now through May 10th, Monday-Friday; 10am–5pm, weekends & holidays from 9:30am to 5:30pm.
 Zoo Miami is located at 12400 SW 152 Street in Miami. Free parking. www.zoomiami.org or call 305-251-0400.
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