Giant Animatronic Dinosaurs and Bugs to Take Over Philadelphia Zoo

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PHILADELPHIA, PA — Gigantic dinosaurs and larger-than-life insects are taking over Philadelphia Zoo (3400 W. Girard Avenue) in a brand new immersive, multi-sensory experience!

Staying Power: Be Distinct or Go Extinct will open on April 1st and feature 25 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs and super-sized animatronic insects that will help visitors discover the physical traits, behaviors and special skills that allowed insects to survive long after the dinosaurs went extinct. Visitors will take a journey back through the ages from modern times back to 100 million years ago, as Staying Power unveils the adaptations needed to survive on the earth, and how we have the power to make changes to save the planet—and ourselves.

“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,” said 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.”

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

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Staying Power officially opens to the public Saturday, April 1 and to Philadelphia Zoo members Thursday, March 30.  Tickets for Staying Power are a standard Zoo admission ticket plus $6 for the special experience (adults and children ages 2+).  Members enjoy free admission to the Zoo with advance reservations and a special discount for Staying Power.

Philadelphia Zoo is open daily this spring, from 9:30am – 5:00pm. For tickets and more information, visit:

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