Dino Days

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It's All About The Dinos

Join us for Dino Days, a three-day prehistoric party you don’t want to miss!
Journey back in time to the land of the lost! Join Dr. Dino on a dinosaur expedition, and learn about his fascinating fossil collection! Embark on a prehistoric journey through Dinosaurs Come to Life, and enjoy other Jurassic festivities and treats (while supplies last). Children 11 and under can also enter to win our Prehistoric Prize Pack filled with goodies perfect for any dino-loving kiddo!

While you’re here, grab a bite from local food truck The Big Chee and enjoy a nice meal under our new picnic pavilion! 

Victor the Velociraptor will be roaming around the zoo throughout the day. If you see him, be sure to stop and give him a little neck rub . . . much like our tortoises, that’s a great way to get on his good side!

Last but not least, we’ll be offering special photos with a baby Triceratops (puppet, of course) for $20; a wonderful way to remember your dino-filled day at the zoo! 

Dino Days will be held on June 23-25, 2023

Don't Miss Out - Get Your Tickets Today!

Zoo Member: Free | Under 2: Free
Ages 3-11: $16 | Ages 12 & Up: $20

Meet the Man Behind Dr. Dino, Chris DeLorey

Chris DeLorey is a fossil history and dinosaur buff! He enjoys connecting the living collection to both the past and the future.

He began following the use of animatronic dinosaurs in zoos and museums in the 1980s. At the same time, he began making trips out west to work on various dinosaur sites throughout Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming. He created the Dr. Dino persona to marry two of his passions: paleontology and hands-on learning!

DeLorey helps develop animatronic dinosaurs that excite the imaginations of children and adults alike. DeLorey also leads trips out west, collecting dinosaur material to use in educational programs at various institutions.

Chris DeLorey has a dual major bachelor’s degree in Zoology and Secondary Education as well as a Master of Science in Education from the University of South Florida.

We’re very excited to have Dr. Dino back again, and we hope to see you here too!

Dr. Dino will be joined by Aaron Hill, a Paleo Prep Technician!

What does that mean? Aaron has the fascinating (yet tedious) job of carefully extracting fossilized bone fragments from rock and preparing them for study! He has worked with Dr. Dino since 2015 and has completed field work in Wyoming, Montana, Utah, Florida, and Texas. His prep technique is a blend of many different talents! Currently, he’s working on a large amount of Jurassic dinosaur material. Cool, huh?


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