If you’ve ever dreamed of visiting Jurassic Park (without, you know, having to run from all the escaped dinosaurs), you’ll be thrilled to learn of the Dinosaur Safari, the newest attraction coming to the Bronx Zoo in New York City. It doesn’t include living dinosaurs, obviously. But these animatronic replicas look so real that you’ll almost believe you’ve wandered back millions of years. The Bronx Zoo boasts that the new Safari is “the biggest, most realistic dinosaur ride in America.”
The Dinosaur Safari will give guests an up-close-and-personal experience with dozens of life-sized dinosaur animatronics. It features a wide variety of species including not one, but two Tyrannosaurus rex replicas. It also showcases a 60-foot, plant-eating Omeisaurus and the huge meat-eating Spinosaurus.
Behind the Scenes
To create the incredible installation, the Bronx Zoo collaborated with Carl Mehling, a museum specialist from the American Museum of Natural History, and Don Lessem, an advisor on the original “Jurassic Park” film. Together, they brought the vision to life in stunningly realistic fashion. The duo helped ensure the details of the dinosaur models are as scientifically accurate as possible—or, shall we say, dino-mite.
The zoo announced the upcoming attraction on its official Instagram account, sharing a photo of the realistic looking dinos. “They’re coming,” the caption read, also adding, “It’s the biggest most realistic Dinosaur Safari ride in America. Over 40 life-size, animatronic dinos are coming this spring.”
The Dinosaur Safari includes a narrated ride, a Dinosaur Safari Field Guide on each species, an ADA-accessible fossil dig area for families and plenty of photo opportunities.
This isn’t the first installation of the Dinosaur Safari in the Bronx Zoo; it also previously appeared in 2013 and 2014. However, this new iteration of the exhibit is the tricero-tops.
You can get a sneak peek at the dinosaurs in store in the video below:
You’ll have to make plans soon, however. The Dinosaur Safari runs from April 19 through November 3, 2019. Admission is included in the Total Experience ticket, which is $28.95 for adults over 13 and $20.95 for children ages three to 12.
What do you think of the zoo’s new dinosaur attraction?