Colossal new species roars into Adelaide Zoo

Brace yourselves – after 65 million years the dinosaurs are back!

Today, keepers are in the final stages of welcoming a number of colossal new species to Adelaide Zoo.

Brought to Adelaide in shipping containers, keepers are almost ready to unleash the mammoth mega-fauna throughout the zoo as part of upcoming exhibition Colossal Creatures.

A tyrannosaurus and brachiosaurus are among the seven dinosaurs that will take up residence at the zoo over the summer, moving, roaring and exciting visitors from Boxing Day.

Plus, for the first time ever Adelaide Zoo will also welcome an exciting new range of gigantic, awe-inspiring bugs that must be seen to be believed.

Dinosaur Keeper Nic Bishop said the team had worked hard over the past months to prepare for transportation of these colossal creatures.

“Relocating seven life-like animatronic dinosaurs and eight giant bugs to Adelaide Zoo is no mean feat but we’re ready for the challenge!” Nic said.

“We’re so excited to be able to bring this dino-mite experience back to Adelaide Zoo after it attracted recording breaking crowds in 2016-17.

“The dinosaurs and bugs will roar into the zoo over the next few days and then will spend some time getting used to their new surroundings before being officially introduced to the public after Christmas.

“Big and little kids will be amazed by the moving and roaring mega-fauna while learning about their modern day ancestors.”

The animatronic exhibition is expected to creating a roaring experience for all visitors, but there is a serious side to the exhibition.

“As a conservation charity, we are working to save their modern day ancestors from going the way of the dinosaurs, and having them here at Adelaide Zoo is a great way to promote that message to all visitors,” Nic said.

The new arrivals will take time to adjust to their new homes, but from December 26 visitors are invited to travel back in time into a prehistoric world where gigantic insects and dinosaurs shared the earth.

Be prepared to come face to face with spiders as long as horses, wasps the size of tigers and dinosaurs bigger than a building.


Spare change rattling around in your back pocket? Card need dusting off? Donate to our Winter Warmers appeal and he…

About Zoos SA

Zoos SA is a not-for-profit conservation charity that exists to connect people with nature and save species from extinction.

Zoos SA acknowledges the Country on which we stand always was, and always will be, Aboriginal land and we pay our deepest respect and gratitude to Kaurna (Adelaide Zoo) and Ngarrindjeri (Monarto Safari Park) Elders, past, present and emerging.

We undertake critical conservation work throughout Australia and acknowledge the traditional custodians of these lands.


Sign Up to Our Newsletter

Stay up to date with zoo news and sign up to our Zoo Times eNewsletter