The extinction of dinosaurs remains one of the worldâ€™s biggest mysteries, and a question that fascinates â€œkiddosaurusesâ€ of all ages. With the help of animatronics, the Oregon Zoo brings these great creatures back to life with the return of â€œDinosaurs!â€ This interactive, outdoor experience will take visitors back in time millions of years. The exhibit begins May 28 and runs through Sept. 5. Since our family missed it the first time around we’re sure not going to miss it this time!!
Zoo visitors will follow an interpretive trail through an ancient rain forest, surrounded by life-size animatronic creatures that roar, snarl and move with lifelike ferocity. The dinosaurs represent a dozen species, including the most fearsomeprehistoric predator of all: Tyrannosaurus rex.
Admission to â€œDinosaurs!â€ is $3.50 in addition to regular zoo admission. Admission is $3 for zoo members. The Oregon Zoo is a service of Metro and is dedicated to its mission of inspiring the community to create a better future for wildlife. Committed to conservation, the zoo is currently working to save endangered California condors, Washingtonâ€™s pygmy rabbits, Oregon silverspot and Taylorâ€™s checkerspot butterflies, western pond turtles, Oregon spotted frogs and Kincaidâ€™s lupine. Other current projects include studies on black rhinos, Asian elephants, polar bears and bats.
The zoo opens at 9 a.m. daily, and is located five minutes from downtown Portland, just off Highway 26. The zoo is also accessible by MAX light rail line. Visitors who travel to the zoo via MAX receive $1.50 off zoo admission. Call TriMet
Customer Service, 503-238-RIDE (7433), or visit trimet.org for fare and route information. General admission is $10.50 (ages 12-64), $9 for seniors (65 and up), $7.50 for children (ages 3-11) and free for those 2 and younger; 25 cents of the admission price helps fund regional conservation projects through the zooâ€™s Future for Wildlife program.