Zoo Miami, one of Miami's most popular attractions, is known for its abundant array of exotic wildlife like tigers, rhinos and giraffes. As the largest and oldest zoological garden in the state of Florida – not to mention the only tropical zoo in the country – it's a frequent stop for both locals and visitors from all over.
Get ready to see the "terrible lizards" up close and personal at Zoo Miami's Dinosaurs LIVE! exhibit — Photo courtesy of The Dinosaur Company
But starting on Jan. 24, 2015, something even wilder is coming to the zoo that will thrill visitors of all ages. Dinosaurs LIVE!, Zoo Miami's latest exhibit, will allow guests to experience what the world was like when dinosaurs roamed the planet.
Walking through Zoo Miami's 750 acres, guests will still get to enjoy seeing all of their favorite animals, from koalas to kangaroos. But this time, they'll also encounter 22 life-size animatronic dinosaurs who look so real you'll wonder if you've somehow stepped back in time.
Ty-Ron-asaurus Rex Magill is heading to Zoo Miami — Photo courtesy of Zoo Miami
Zoo-goers will see everything from tall, gentle herbivores like the Brachiosaurus to the king of the terrible lizards: the Tyrannosaurus Rex.
You'll find yourself watching majestic elephants one moment and then coming face to face with an Iguanadon the next. As you head over to see the gazelles, you might happen upon a Parasaurolophus nest, complete with freshly hatched baby dinosaurs.
Among other dinosaurs visiting the zoo will be a crocodile-like Deinosuchus, a long-necked Apatosaurus, a horned Triceratops, a winged Quetzalcoatlus, a Kentrosaurus with large spikes on its back, the crested Dimetrodon and even a baby T. rex.
There will also be photo opportunities available with the Pachyrhinosaurus, which are sure to delight dinosaur enthusiasts and kiddos alike.
Triceratops is among one of the many dinosaurs you'll get to meet at Zoo Miami — Photo courtesy of The Dinosaur Company
While visiting Zoo Miami, you may also want to take in some of the other great zoo activities, like live animal feedings, such as the Kaziranga Camp Rhino Encounter, and fun and informative animal shows like the Animal Encounters Show.
You'll also have the chance to take a Safari Tram Tour, go on Humpy's Camel Ride, go down the Hippo Slide or ride the Monorail all around the park. This makes a great way to see where all the dinosaurs are hiding throughout the park.
There's also plenty of fun to be had for kids at Dr. Wilde's World of Discovery or at the playgrounds and water play areas throughout the property.
The Dinosaurs LIVE! exhibit presents just another excellent reason to visit Zoo Miami, which currently houses more than 3,000 animals of over 500 different species, 40 species of which are currently endangered.
The tigers will be taking a back seat during Dinosaurs LIVE! — Photo courtesy of Eric Kilby
Miami's warm and tropical climate is responsible for allowing such a wide range of animals to reside at Zoo Miami, which includes animals from Asia, Africa and Australia. The zoo is divided into geographic territories, so that animals hailing from the same countries reside near one another.
Foliage, trees and even soil are carefully selected to match as closely as possible to their home environments, and Zoo Miami is actually home to over 1,000 species of trees, palms and other plant life, too
Dinosaurs LIVE! will run Saturday, Jan. 24, through Sunday, May 10, on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on weekends and holidays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The exhibit is included in regular zoo admission, $17.94 for adults and $13.95 for children 12 and under. Zoo members and children under two years of age receive free admission.
Enjoy a trip into the Jurassic once or several times. Get there before the dinosaurs are gone again.