Animatronic Dinosaurs and Giant Bugs Take Over Philadelphia Zoo for Summer, Plus Zoo Key Returns

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PHILADELPHIA, PA — Gigantic dinosaurs and larger-than-life insects have taken over Philadelphia Zoo in a brand new immersive, multi-sensory experience: “STAYING POWER: Be Distinct, or go Extinct!” Walk amongst life-sized animatronic dinosaurs and super-sized animatronic insects and discover the physical traits, behaviors and special skills that allowed insects to survive long after the dinosaurs went extinct.

“We are very excited to welcome guests to the Zoo to experience Staying Power, a tailor-made adventure immersing guests in the fascinating world of dinosaurs and insects, highlighting what it means to be adaptable and survive,” says Philadelphia Zoo Chief Marketing and Experience Officer Amy Shearer. “Staying Power is a dynamic experience that will put guests side-by-side with some of the biggest and smallest animals to walk the Earth, and challenge guests to look at the adaptations that we have as humans to make a difference for the future of our planet.”

Featuring 25 different creatures from 100 million years ago to today, STAYING POWER will unveil the adaptations needed to survive on the earth, and how we have the power to make changes to save the planet—and ourselves.

Highlights include the 60-foot-long roaring and moving Giganotosaurus, a carnivore believed to be even larger than the famous T-rex, and 15-foot-tall peacock jumping spider that demonstrates its remarkable mating dance.

Also new to the Zoo for Staying Power—a special edition dinosaur Zoo Key! The beloved Zoo Key is back for the 2023 season. Guests can use the brand-new Zoo Key (or even one from their childhood!) to unlock untold stories inside of Staying Power and around the Zoo.

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Learn about the animals directly from the zoo keepers who care for them each and every day. Zoo Key Storybook Boxes are located across the 42-acre campus and include stories about animals like the adorable sloth bear cubs, Ankole cattle, hippos, penguins, and flamingos to name a few. Guests can purchase Zoo Keys at any retail location.

Guests will also marvel at the Spinosaurs, a dinosaur from the late Cretaceous period that was equally at home living on land and in water as it growls at passersby, and at a hive of super-sized honeybees that buzz and dance to communicate– you might even catch the scent of their honey!

STAYING POWER opens to Zoo Members Thursday, March 30, and to the public Saturday, April 1. Tickets are the cost of General Zoo Admission, $25 for ages 12+ and $20 for ages 2-11, children under 2 are free, plus entrance for Staying Power is $6 (adults and children ages 2+). Members enjoy free admission to the Zoo and save on Staying Power tickets.

The Zoo is open daily from 9:30 am – 5:00 pm. For more information, visit

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