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Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is taking us to the land before our time with a new dinosaur exhibit

Posted at 9:54 AM, Jul 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-01 09:54:45-04

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is going prehistoric with the opening of its newest exhibit, “Dinosaurs Around the World.”

In addition to the lions, tigers and bears, zoogoers will now get the chance to walk through the land and see who ruled it well before our time.

“We’ve not done dinosaurs here since 2013, so it’s a great opportunity to come back and see a completely different exhibition,” said Dr. Chris Kuhar the executive director of the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

The exhibit features nearly two dozen animatronic dinosaurs near the Waterfowl Lake, including the T.Rex, standing nearly 2 stories high, and the Spinosaurus that stretches more than 40 feet.

Dr. Kuhar said they’ve been planning the “Dinosaurs Around the World” exhibit for about a year now, but had to delay the opening due to COVID-19.

The zoo is now operating at 25% capacity, there will be frequent cleaning of high touch surfaces, some indoor exhibits are closed, and most exhibits are one-way-flows of traffic.

But Dr. Kuhar said that doesn’t mean the experience will be any less exciting for guests, especially ones fascinated by dinosaurs.

“I think it’s the scale, I think its the ferocity, I think it’s the size, and just the unusual appearance,” he said. “You’ll see dinosaurs with feathers, which is not something that I learned about as a kid, so, it’s really interesting and a great opportunity for learning.”

Cleveland Metroparks is asking that you make a reservation online due to limited capacity.

Tickets for the add-on dinosaur experience are $2 for members and $3 for nonmembers.

Dinosaurs Around the World is supported by the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital and will be open until Labor Day.

Reserve tickets here.