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Zoorassic Park at ZSL London Zoo

Posted on
July 22, 2017

Regular readers of my blog will know that Sebastian is dinosaur mad and when we heard that dinosaurs were invading ZSL London Zoo, we knew we had to visit.
ZSL LONDON ZOO
Between 22nd July to 3rd September, visitors the zoo are whisked back in time to Zoorassic Park a prehistoric world where you can come face to face with life-size, moving dinosaurs.
The kids picked up a fun passport style trail to complete before entering the time-travelling tunnel which took us back to the Mesozoic era (about 65 million years ago, give or take a few days).
ZSL London Zoo
We emerged from the tunnel in a haze of mist and were greeted by some Coelophysis who were lurking in the shadows.
ZSL London Zoo
The trail features lots of information about the Mesozoic era, as well as the moving dinosaurs on display.
ZSL London Zoo
ZSL’s tour guides are on hand to help you spot dino favourites and Sebby was really excited to spot a Parasaurolophus as he had not seen one before.
ZSL London Zoo
He also enjoyed an encounter with the armour-plated Edmontonia – a tank-like dinosaur covered in spikes….
ZSL London Zoo
as well as meeting the King of the Dinosaurs – the scary T-Rex……
ZSL London Zoo
…..and it’s slightly less scary baby!!
ZSL London Zoo
Once we had finished looking at the dinosaurs, which also included a huge Brachiosaurus, a Pteradactyl and a Triceratops, standing guard over its nest………
ZSL London Zoo
…we headed back into a time tunnel, only to find ourselves in 2050!
ZSL London Zoo
Here we took part in a dig, where we discovered skeletons of animals that have disappeared from the planet and learned all about the important work ZSL’s conservationists are doing to prevent today’s animals from becoming extinct.
ZSL London Zoo
Once we had finished digging we headed back to 2017, where we got to see Children’s TV presenter Andy Day host the exciting live show, Dinosaur Live.
Dinosaur Live
My kids adore Andy’s dinosaur raps and are forever searching for them on youTube, so were delighted when he opened the show with the Allosaurus rap, along with some audience participation.
Dinosaur Live
The premise of the show was that Andy has been on a prehistoric holiday and had brought his friend Ben a couple of presents from his travels, only the presents were not quite what he expected.
Dinosaur Live
The first dinosaur we met was Rosie and we had to examine her teeth to see if she was a carnivore or a herbivore.
Dinosaur Live
Despite knowing it was just a person in costume, it was still quite daunting seeing the dinosaur up close but after a bit of investigation we discovered that Rosie was a Utahraptor, by far the biggest raptor ever to walk the earth and carnivore, so she was sent safely back to her own time.
Dinosaur Live
Andy then announced that he had another present for Ben, a dinosaur called Dexter.
Dinosaur Live
Dexter is a juvenile T-Rex and was far more scary than Rosie as he charged around the stage.
Dinosaur Live
Andy requested the help of a brave Dad from the audience to help him get Dexter on a lead to help keep him under control. Thankfully they were successful and we got to learn some fun facts about the T-Rex.
Dinosaur Live
The show ended with another rap – this time about the Diplodocus with more audience participation which the kids really enjoyed.
Dinosaur Live
We also just squeezed in a quick photo opp too!
Dinosaur Live
Zoorassic Park is a fabulous addition to ZSL London Zoo and is included in the entry price, making it a must visit for any dinosaur fans.

 
 
 
 

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    Samantha mayers

    July 23, 2017

    Oh wow, it sounds like you all had a fantastic day. My little girl is dinosaur mad too so she would love this. X

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    Talya

    July 23, 2017

    Ah I’ve seen this advertised it looks fab hope to take my daughter to this over the summer hols!

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    Newcastle Family Life

    July 23, 2017

    This looks like so much fun, my son would love this as he too is dino crazy. I really need to visit London zoo sometime x

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    Kerry Norris

    July 24, 2017

    I didn’t realise they had this there. We haven’t been for quite a few years so should try and go over the summer x

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    Charlotte

    July 24, 2017

    This looks like so much fun! My little guy loves Dinosaurs and I had no idea this was at London Zoo! A great idea for us for the school holiday I think!

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    Musings of a tired mummy...zzz...

    July 24, 2017

    My cousin took her children to this and they had an amazing time and loved meeting Andy, I’m very jealous! I think dinos are fascinating and would love to see Zach’s reaction!

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    lynne Harper

    July 24, 2017

    My boys would absolutely love this it looks incredible and I’m sure you could easily spend an entire day just walking around 🙂 looked like you all had a fab day

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    Sarah Bailey

    July 24, 2017

    What an awesome looking exhibition London Zoo are putting on, Dinosaurs are such an interesting subject I am sure so many kids would love going to see it!

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    the Curious Pixie

    July 24, 2017

    This looks great. It will be a fantastic treat for my girls over the summer.

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    Mary Louise

    July 24, 2017

    I think I am going to put London zoo on our planned trips this summer. Have not been for years, since I was little!

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    Ashleigh Dougherty

    July 24, 2017

    Looks like a super fun day out for you all! I have been here a few times, so will have to go again for the dinosaurs!

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    Elizabeth Allcock

    July 24, 2017

    Looks so much fun! My niece would love to go to this.

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    fashionandstylepolice

    July 25, 2017

    My kids would love this place. It looks great!

  14. Reply

    Mel

    July 25, 2017

    This looks so cool! I loved learning about dinosaurs when I was a kid and I wish I lived closer to London so I could visit the exhibit. Dexter is an amazing name for a dinosaur!

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    Elizabeth

    July 26, 2017

    The kids look so happy and cute with the dinosaurs. Certainly planning a visit since as a family we love learning about dinosaurs.

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    Louise

    August 6, 2017

    ‘Zoorassic Park’ – what a great name! My youngest would love this as he’s dino crazy. It looks like a fab day out for the whole family 🙂
    Louise x

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