New Tulsa Zoo Exhibit Takes Visitors Back in Time

May 2, 2014

Tulsa Zoo's Zoorassic Park exhibit officially opens tomorrow. It features 11 different species of dinosaurs, including Tyrannosaurus Rex.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Starting tomorrow, visitors to the Tulsa Zoo can have their own Jurassic Park experience.

The zoo's new Zoorassic Park exhibit features 11 species of dinosaurs,including a 40-foot long Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Spokeswoman Sarah Floyd said the dinosaurs have come a long way since the last time the zoo had this kind of exhibit.

"The way their electronics have changed over the last 20 years since we last had this exhibit is really fascinating," Floyd said. "People that remember this exhibit over 21 years ago, they're going to come back and see dinosaurs in a way they haven't ever seen them."

Past exhibits used dinosaurs made out of foam over metal frames. A Texas company used steel frames and rubber skin to build the new dinosaurs, which are based on paleontologists’ best descriptions.

Floyd said these rubber-skinned dinosaurs are more realistic at first glance.

"But if you really pay close attention, you're going to see all those little movements and all those vocalizations, and it's just — it's a fascinating experience, not only for kids, but really for adults also," Floyd said, standing next to an Edmontonia that’s larger than an SUV, . "It's really neat. You can see he lifts up his legs, even."

The exhibit runs through October 31st. Admission is $5 with regular zoo admission or $4 for members.