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Dinosaurs after Dark
By: Brenda, Director of Education and Volunteers, Audubon Zoo
I was not a “dino dork” until I saw the movie “Jurassic Park”. Once I saw those giant beasts on the big screen and had a better image of what it would be like to exist amongst the dinosaurs I became infatuated. I wonder what it would be like to live in those steamy hot days amongst screaming, stomping reptilian-like creatures.
We have some of these creatures at the Audubon Zoo and they chirp and roar and stare at you with their beady eyes. In March, families will have an opportunity to spend some real close-up time with them after dark. Our first Safari after Dark is March 10. The theme for this one is “Dinosaurs after Dark”. Families bring their camping gear and a picnic dinner and get “locked in” for an evening of excitement. We will have close encounters with some of the dinosaur’s closest cousins and then take a night time tiki torch tour of our Dinosaur Adventure. It is really fun and eerily realistic to enter the dino building with only torchlight. You can hear the dinosaurs and their cries and then our “paleontologist” gives a tour of the facts and features of the dinosaurs that live there. Families also get a unique opportunity to take some awesome pictures REALLY close up to the dinosaurs. (Please be aware that this type of night time tour is too intense for children 5 and under). Kids that participate in this type of family program never forget their experience.
Safaris after Dark are really special family events at the zoo. Families get to spend time in the zoo when everyone else is gone. They hear lions roar from their tents and take night hikes in a totally dark zoo. I think it is one of the most special events that we have. Check them out- there are only three in the spring and three in the fall.