Dinosaurs: The prehistoric creatures return to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in May

CLEVELAND - It will be another summer of prehistoric proportions at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo because 21 dinosaur displays are coming back for the 2013 season.

Dinosaurs! returns on May 9 featuring fan favorites, the Tyrannosaurus Rex and the towering Brachiosaurus. Through the magic of animatronics, the dino displays will feature 15 different species, six of which will be making their Zoo debut. They include the Quetzalcoatlus, one of the largest winged creatures that ever lived, and Troodon, one of the first fossilized dinosaurs found in North America.

The displays will be set up on the shores of the Zoo's Waterfowl Lake. The robotic dinosaurs use air pistons and state-of-the-art electronics under steel frames covered with detailed foam rubber skin to simulate their lifelike appearance.

According to a press release, Zoo Executive Director Dr. Chris Kuhar said, "Dinosaurs! is one of the most popular seasonal exhibits we've ever brought to the Zoo. We haven't had them here for a couple of summers and we received a lot of requests from guests to bring them back."

Dinosaurs! opens May 9 and runs daily through Sept. 15. Admission to the special exhibit is just $3.50 per person with regular Zoo admission or $2 per person for Zoo members. Admission is free for children younger than 2.

In other zoo news, the camel rides start at Kookaburra Station in Australian Adventure on May 10. Professor Wylde's Live Animal Show returns on May 25 in the Savanna Theater. This year, the Professor is "Lost in Africa" with a pirate whose ship has washed ashore.

Guests can also see shark feeding demonstrations, seal and sea lion training demonstrations, elephant crossings at African Elephant Crossing, and listen to the animal keepers during the Zoo's Meet the Keeper sessions.

The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with hours extended to 7 p.m. on weekends and holidays from Memorial Day through Labor Day. 

Admission is $12.25 per person, $8.25 for kids ages 2 to 11 and free for children younger than 2 and Zoo members. Parking is free.

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