Opening April 17, 2021!
Emerson Dinoroarus, a dynamic temporary exhibit at the Saint Louis Zoo, opens to the public on Saturday, April 17, and runs through October 31, 2021.
Dinos & More
This engaging attraction for all ages features 16 different groupings of animatronic and stationary dinosaurs — colorful, prehistoric creatures that move realistically, some roaring and spitting or placidly munching on the lush vegetation.
The dinosaurs and other ancient species representing a vast span of geological time include:
- Life-size triceratops (tri-SERR-uh-tops)
- 12-foot-tall Tyrannosaurus rex (tie-RAN-oh-SORE-us REX)
- Giant stork-like quetzalcoatlus (ket-zel-KWAT-lus)
- 18-foot-tall brachiosaurus (brack-ee-oh-SORE-us)
- Nest of duck-billed parasaurolophus babies (PAR-ah-saw-RAH-lo-fuss)
- And many more!
Plus, observe a staged fossil dig site and learn all about fossils.
Connections to Living Animals Today
Along the tropically planted trail in this land before time, discover the amazing connections between dinosaurs and living animals today. Learn fun and interesting facts about dinosaurs and the information scientists have gained from their fossils, theories on their mass extinction, and practical ways you can help protect animals today from going extinct.
"Dinoroarus gives us a chance to talk about difficult topics like extinction and how some predecessors of dinosaurs, including turtles and crocodiles, are still with us, as well as how some descendants of dinosaurs, like birds, still grace our lives," said Michael Macek, Director, Saint Louis Zoo.
Each animal has a story to tell about what they have in common with animals living at the time of dinosaurs.
Animals to see include:
- North American river otters
- Tasmanian devils
- Moon jellies
- Sea stars
Later this summer, domesticated guinea fowl will arrive. These birds — modern-day dinosaurs — will freely roam the exhibit area.
"Learning about dinosaurs is kind of like 'CSI,' using really old evidence," said Macek. "Paleontologists ask questions about why certain dinosaurs moved to different places and why their food supplies or habitats were threatened. And those are exactly the kind of questions Zoo conservationists ask today in trying to save animals from extinction."
Dinoroarus Tickets and Zoo Reservations
This seasonal exhibit continues at the Zoo for the next couple of years while the Zoo works to reimagine, plan and redevelop the 3.5-acre area into a new, permanent family and children's area, which will continue the Zoo's mission of connecting families and children with animals.
Timed-Ticket Admission to Dinoroarus
All tickets to Dinoroarus are for timed entry. After entry, you may enjoy the exhibit for as long as you like. Please secure your timed tickets early upon arrival at the Zoo. Tickets to the attraction are not available in advance of your visit or online.
General Admission Ticket
- $5.95 per person for ages 2 and up (free for children under age 2). Tickets may be purchased only at the entrance to Dinoroarus.
Zoo Member Admission Tickets
- Zoo members may use their member benefits for free admission to Dinoroarus. Members may pick up their timed tickets to Dinoaroarus at Zoo entrances or at any attraction ticket booth.
- Dinoaroarus is included in the Adventure Pass ($14.95). Guests who purchase the Adventure Pass may pick up their Dinoroarus timed tickets at Zoo entrances or any attraction ticket booth.
Zoo Reservations Required to Visit
All Zoo guests, including those who wish to experience Dinoroarus, must make a free, timed reservation online in advance to enter the Zoo. Zoo Reservations do not include tickets to Dinoroarus. Tickets to Dinoroarus may be purchased only at the Zoo on day of visit.
Make a reservation up to seven days prior to the date of visit. Daily attendance is limited to help maintain social distancing within the Zoo.
The safety of guests, staff and animals is the Zoo's highest priority. To provide a safe and memorable experience for all, the Zoo has implemented enhanced protocols and procedures.
Guests ages 9+ are required to wear masks/face coverings — which must cover nose and mouth — while visiting.
See the reservations page for up-to-date details and other safety measures prior to your visit.
Membership and More Information
Become a Zoo member and receive free admission to Dinoroarus!
Thank you to Our Sponsors
- UMB Bank