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Emerson Dinoroarus

Closed for the Season

Dinoroarus will open for a limited engagement March 15 through May 27, 2024.

This engaging attraction for all ages features 14 different groupings of animatronic and stationary dinosaurs — colorful, prehistoric creatures that move realistically, some roaring and spitting or placidly munching on the lush vegetation. Guests of all ages will learn about what scientists can gather from fossils, theories of the dinosaurs' mass extinction and ways we all can support wildlife today!

Dinos and More

Experience dinosaurs and other ancient species representing a vast span of geological time.

  • Life-size triceratops


  • 12-foot-tall Tyrannosaurus rex

    tie-RAN-oh-SORE-us REX

  • Giant stork-like quetzalcoatlus


  • 18-foot-tall brachiosaurus


  • Nest of duck-billed parasaurolophus babies


Activities for all ages!

There is a massive area with new and old digging opportunities, including the Dino Dig, an exciting magnetic Dino Wall where guests can build dinosaurs and more engaging educational activities.

Modern-Day Dinos

Each animal has a story to tell about what they have in common with animals living at the time of dinosaurs. Meet animals that lived alongside dinosaurs, like moon jellies, fish, sea stars, urchins, sponges, coral and anemones.

Other Zoo animals to see include domesticated guinea fowl, a North American river otter.

Learning about dinosaurs is kind of like ‘CSI,’ using really old evidence. Paleontologists ask questions about why certain dinosaurs moved to different places and why their food supplies or habitats were threatened. Those are same questions Zoo conservationists ask today in trying to save animals from extinction.

The Future of Dinoroarus

Emerson Dinoroarus is a seasonal exhibit. It will continue at the Zoo while the Zoo reimagines and redevelops the approximately 3-acre area into a new, permanent family and children's area, which will continue the Zoo's mission of connecting families and children with animals.

Share your ROARsome memories

Are you excited about the return of this popular exhibit? Share your excitement using #StlZooDinos on social media and follow the Zoo's accounts: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

To inquire about event sponsorship opportunities, please email

Thanks to our DINOmite Sponsors


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