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Dinosaurs Unearthed

Sponsored by
Sendik's Food Markets

June 13-Oct. 31, 2020

Allosaurus

Allosaurus

As the Milwaukee County Zoo begins its first phase of reopening (the Zoo was temporarily closed March 15 to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19), a group of mighty prehistoric creatures are anxiously awaiting visitors. Dinosaurs Unearthed, sponsored by Sendik’s Food Markets, debuts Saturday, June 13, and enjoys an extended stay, through Oct. 31!

The exhibit is displayed entirely outside, and features more than 20 rumbling, robotic creatures taking center stage, in a lush and tropical habitat behind the Small Mammals building. This “Jurassic-fantastic” world lets visitors come face to face with life-sized recreations of some of the mightiest animals to have roamed the earth.

Be on the lookout for the bipedal carnivore, the Allosaurus, who shows off his razor-sharp claws, that grew up to 6 inches long, and is primal and powerful teeth! This menacing species had short, crest-like horns in front of its eyes, which were used to attract a mate or to recognize other members of its species. The powerful arms, hands and claws were an adaptation perfectly suited to attack its prey.

Spinosaurus
Utahraptor

Another prehistoric resident, the Utahraptor, was a carnivorous dinosaur, wielding terrifying toe claws – which grew up to 9.5 inches! One of the world’s largest raptors at 18-feet-long, the Utahraptor was closely related to birds. It’s hard to imagine something so large and fierce as being related to birds! A decrease in body size had to occur for these animals to evolve flight and to more closely resemble birds today.

Back for a return engagement, the Tyrannosaurus rex is one of the largest meat-eating dinosaurs to have ever lived. This formidable dinosaur could weigh between 9,900 and 15,500 pounds and reach 40 feet in length and 12 feet in height. This active predator didn’t chomp or grind its food, but instead swallowed chunks whole. Fun Fact: Few T. rex fossil specimens recovered by paleontologists are complete.

Tyrannosaurus rex
Tyrannosaurus rex

“Dinosaurs Unearthed,” sponsored by Sendik’s Food Markets, is open daily. Located behind the Small Mammals building, the exhibit is $3 per person after regular Zoo admission. Call the Zoo at 414.771.3040 for further information.

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