Discover Dinos And Dragons At Brookfield Zoo

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All pictures in this post credited to Jon Zuluaga Photography.

All pictures in this post credited to Jon Zuluaga Photography.

You may not know that we are a little bit dinosaur and dragon obsessed.  At least we used to be more on those wave lengths.  As kids we had an entire collection of dinosaurs you’d find in the science museum gift shops.  So of course, as a 7 year old, I was convinced I had to become a paleontologist.  Along with that dinosaur obsession came the excitement of going to see real action dinosaurs that really moved.  Hard to come by in the 90s, but luckily Brookfield Zoo has you covered with the new Dinos & Dragons exhibit.  You’ll find all the thrills of reptiles for the whole family. dino 2

The newest attraction features not only dinosaurs, but their real dragon counterparts.  With a great feature of Khaleesi the four year old Komodo dragon.  You’ll be pleased to hear that she loves to sit in the front of her enclosure right up against that log near the window.  She will be flicking out her tongue to smell the visitors and particularly seems interested in the children.   dino 1

Of course, on your way to see her, you will see other dragons.  From the bearded dragons to the frilled dragons which we were lucky enough to pet.  The kids can learn a lot about reptiles.  For example why the frilled dragons have such a big frill or why their body temperature is different to our own.  Questions I found a younger version of myself asking, like why the males are bigger than the females.  With the added bonus of keepers that will of course know all of the answers.  

dino 4 After your encounter with dragons, you can walk through the dinosaurs and see replicas of them to scale.  Plus a few added mythical beasts like the gryphon.  For animatronic dinosaurs, these are probably the best we have seen.  They are detailed and the eyes seem to follow you around as you walk past.  You’ll see the more popular dinosaurs like raptors, apatosaurous and triceratops.  All while learning about their possible lifestyles.   dino 5

There is even a model of an excavation that the kids can pretend to be a paleontologist.  Which is great as there is a dig site amongst the dinosaurs that they can’t play inside.  They can make guesses about the dinosaur and why he ended up that way.  Chances are if your kids like dinosaurs, then they really will like a giant puzzle of bones and body parts to assemble.  With a set of footprints for clues, you can expect your family to have fun learning while they think they’re just playing another game.  As always Brookfield Zoo does a great job with creating excitement from the budding paleontologist to the voracious reader.  This is an exhibit you won’t want to miss this summer!  Learn more about Dinos and Dragons here

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