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Dinosaurs At the Zoo

T-rex photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Zoo.

A Triceratops with a 1,000-pound head and three massive horns, a 15-foot-tall Wooly Mammoth, a 3,000 pound T-rex with a threatening jaw and a 98-foot long Alamosaurus with a 20-foot long tail will be the newest residents at the Philadelphia Zoo. These animatronic dinosaurs will be part of a major new exhibit opening on March 29.

Ankylosaurus photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Zoo.

The exhibit, called Big Time: In An Endangerous Age, features 24 enormous animatronic dinosaurs in realistic landscapes. The immersive, multi-sensory exhibit highlights some of nature’s most powerful events including volcanic eruptions, asteroid strikes and changes to sea level, temperatures and sunlight and shows how dinosaurs ultimately died off. Big Time ends with tangible solutions for how to turn the tide for endangered species.

"We are very happy to welcome guests to the Zoo, to experience Big Time, a tailor-made adventure immersing guests in the world of history’s most impressive behemoths, taking them through cataclysmic events, highlighting threatened animal species today and providing ways to help enact change,” said Philadelphia Zoo’s President & CEO Vikram H. Dewan. “Big Time is a dynamic experience that will stimulate the senses and transport guests back in time to walk among dinosaurs like the mighty T.Rex, puts them face-to-face with an enormous Woolly Mammoth, and side-by-side with a life-sized polar bear, elephant and Sumatran rhino – incredible!”

Triceratops photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Zoo.

Big Time is an outdoor exhibit that runs through September 30, 2021. Timed tickets are required. Tickets are available at Tickets are zoo admission plus $6. Zoo members get free zoo admission and discounted admission to the exhibit.

The 42-acre Philadelphia Zoo is home to more than 1,300 animals, including many rare and endangered species. It is not only the nation’s first zoo, but it has continued to be one of the nation's most exciting and innovative zoos.


Health & Safety Protocols at the Zoo

All health and safety precautions are in place for Big Time - including the wearing of COVID 19-safe face masks and practicing social distancing. More details can be found on the zoo's website.

* All visitors MUST reserve/pre-purchase timed-tickets for admission.

* Social distancing and masks are required for guests 2+

* Indoor animal exhibits and attractions remain closed.

* Touchless toilets, faucets, paper towel and soap dispensers.

* Hand sanitizing stations throughout the campus.

* More grab and go food selections and touchless transactions at food locations.

* Guests can bring their own food into the Zoo.

* “Clean Team”- staffers dedicated to sanitizing and cleaning high touch areas.

* New procedures that allow public safety officers to check bags without touching.


by Irene Levy Baker, author, 100 Things To Do In Philadelphia and Unique Eats & Eateries of Philadelphia. Both books are full of tips. Visit for more tips. Planning a staycation? Need gifts? Go to the website for signed copies of books. For free shipping, use promo code TheCityPulse.

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