Florida on a Tankfuk: Discover life-size dinosaurs at Brevard Zoo

By Caitlin Wilson, Reporter
Last Updated: Monday, November 27, 2017, 2:37 PM EST

Nestled away at the Brevard Zoo you’ll find lots of animals, but a new exhibit is bringing an extinct species back to life.

Rylee O’Brien isn’t “oohing” and “ahhing” over animals. Her diligent notetaking has to do with something a little more prehistoric.

She’s studying one of her favorite things — dinosaurs — and they’re making a very real life appearance at the zoo.

Twenty life-size robotic dinosaurs tower over guests. It’s the largest exhibit the zoo has ever displayed and is also the most advanced since it last debuted five years ago, with new sounds and more lifelike animatronics.

“To me this opens the world to a child, and this is a great way to get them excited about learning, get them out, and honestly we have just as many adults coming without kids that are just as excited as the children,” said Chris Delorey at Paleontologist with the Brevard Zoo.

But the best part, at least for 9-year-old Rylee, awaits at the end.

“I’m like, yes!” Rylee exclaimed, “I’m so excited. When I first came out, I was like yes, it’s him!”

A T-rex over 43 feet long and standing over 20 feet high is at the end of the trail, and it’s jaw dropping to say the least.

You can even uncover dinosaur bones for yourself, helping real life paleontologists chip away at Dino bones.

Twenty-thousand pounds of dinosaur bones were brought back from excavation sites across the U.S. for children and even adults to help researchers look at the bones of a Triceratops or even a T-rex.

If you’re a dino-lover or just curious, it’s fun for the whole family.

“They’re just so big and so cool, and I think other kids have to see them,” Rylee said.

Admission into the Brevard Zoo and the Dinosaur exhibit is $19.95 for adults and $14.95 for children 3 to 11 years of age.

The exhibit runs through April 30.