Lions and tigers and dinosaurs…. oh my! The Big Time Encounter Exhibit is now open at the Philadelphia Zoo. It opened March 25th and goes until September 30th.
The new exhibit features 24 life-size, animatronic animals. They range from T-Rex to the Woolly Mammoth and take guests from the Age of Dinosaurs to today with a variety of landscapes, sights and sounds.
The three big focuses of the exhibit are 250 million years ago when Alamosaurus and T-Rex roamed the earth, 66 million years ago when an asteroid hit the earth and made dinosaurs extinct, and 70,000 years ago, when humans spread throughout the earth and met saber-tooth tigers, birds bigger than ostriches, and gorilla-sized lemurs.
What’s even better is all of the dinosaurs were created in Media, PA at DinoDon Inc. They are the most accurate, full-sized robotics yet made.
But the real reason for this exhibit is to bring awareness to the animals that are going extinct or endangered. Guests will also return to present day to see these animals, such as the Sumatran rhino, polar bears, African elephants, and monarch butterflies.
At the end of the experience, Big Time encourages guests to take the pledge to help endangered animals and enact change for the future so humans and animals can live and thrive together. Guests can take a pack of seeds and grow a plant garden to attract animals like the monarch butterfly or take a postcard to sign an electronic petition to advocate for actions aimed at addressing wildlife extinction. One last thing they can do is advocate for 30×30, which is asking national and world leaders to protect 30% of lands and oceans by 2030.
Guests can also grab dinosaur-themed food, along with merchandise and keys that they can use throughout the exhibit.
Tickets are now available online for the seasonal experience. They are the cost of general zoo admission ($24) for those 12 years and older.
Health and safety protocols are still in effect at the zoo including masks and social distancing.
So grab your tickets time and go back in time to see the dinosaurs while also saving the wildlife.