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‘Dinosaurs in the Desert’ returning to the Phoenix Zoo in the fall

Jun 6, 2022, 4:35 AM | Updated: 10:04 am

PHOENIX — After more than five years away, “Dinosaurs in the Desert” is making its return to the Phoenix Zoo for an extended stay starting this fall.

Seventeen animatronic creatures will make their appearance for the general public from Oct. 3 through April 30. Zoo members will have early entry access beginning Oct. 1.

The self-guided tour will feature new creatures, including gigasaurus, troodon, allosaurus, a sea scorpion and a giant bear.

In anticipation of the exhibit launch, the zoo set its first dinosaur of the collection, the kentrosaurus, on display near the carousel.

“We felt it was time to bring back dinosaurs to the desert,” Bert Castro, president and CEO of the Phoenix Zoo, said in a press release.

“It’s been five years since we’ve hosted this traveling exhibit, and we all know how rough the past few years have been, so we wanted to unveil an attraction that allows guests to experience a bit of adventure, playfulness and reverie.”

The dinosaur exhibit will remain on display though the Zoo’s annual holiday light show, ZooLights.

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‘Dinosaurs in the Desert’ returning to the Phoenix Zoo in the fall