Dinosaurs return to the Brevard Zoo


The Tyrannosaurus rex is one of the popular dinosaurs in Dinosaurs Are Back!

VIERA VOICE Courtesy of the Brevard Zoo


Five years after their last appearance, dinosaurs will return to the Brevard Zoo for a primeval family experience called Dinosaurs Are Back!

Among the 16 lifelike, life-sized animatronic figures are the cunning Utahraptor, a pair of spitting Dilophosaurus and — the king himself — Tyrannosaurus rex. The trail culminates at the interactive Dinosaur Discovery Center, where guests can uncover a replica Tyrannosaurus skeleton, touch real fossils and watch volunteers prepare specimens collected by the Zoo staff in Montana.

“Our goal is to illustrate that everything we know about dinosaurs comes from the scientific process,” said Chris DeLorey, the Zoo’s director of education programs. “Because we can’t observe dinosaurs firsthand, we rely on the evidence they left behind to draw conclusions about how they lived.”

Dinosaurs Are Back! is presented by Toyota of Melbourne; other sponsors include Boys Electrical Contractors, Renco, Twin Rivers Insurance, Viera Charter School and Visual Dynamics. The exhibit, which is not included with general Zoo admission, runs from Saturday, Nov. 18 to Monday, April 30. It will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. An upcharge of $3 applies to each guest ages three and older; prices will increase to $4 on Tuesday, December 26. More information is available at dinosareback.com.

Brevard Zoo is home to more than 800 animals representing 180 species from all over the world. As a not-for-profit organization, it is a leader in the fields of animal wellness, education and conservation.

Treetop Trek features five aerial obstacle courses that whisk guests above parts of the Zoo and through lush Florida landscapes.