Assiniboine Park Zoo Unveiling NEW Dinosaur at Opening of Dinosaurs Alive!® Exhibit in May

The extremely popular Dinosaurs Alive!® exhibit presented by Artis REIT will be returning to Assiniboine Park Zoo in May and this year it will be even bigger than before! This year, the Zoo will welcome an additional dinosaur to the exhibit for a total of 16 life-sized animatronic giants to thrill visitors of all ages. The exhibit is scheduled to open at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 18.

In celebration of the newest dinosaur, the Assiniboine Park Zoo is launching a contest for children in Grades 1 through 6 who can enter to win a free trip to the Zoo for this season’s exhibit opening and the official unveiling of the new dinosaur.

“Last year, our Dinosaurs Alive!® exhibit was a huge hit with local visitors of all ages as well as tourists and we can’t wait to see it return,” said Gary Lunsford Sr. Director, Animal Care & Conservation. “What better way to kick off the season than with the unveiling of our newest dinosaur. It’s going to be a fantastic summer at the Zoo.”

Children in Grades 1 – 6 can enter the contest by writing a short story about what life would be like if dinosaurs still lived on earth. Word count should be between 250 and 500 words. The winner will receive the following for their school class:

·Free trip to the Assiniboine Park Zoo on Thursday, May 18
·Opportunity to be part of the official opening of Dinosaurs Alive! and the first to see the NEW dinosaur!
·Pizza lunch in the Zoo’s Tundra Grill restaurant.
·Class photo at the exhibit.

The deadline to enter is May 1. Stories can be emailed in English or French, accompanied with the Teacher Name, Classroom, School Name and Contact Information to For full contest information visit

In 2017, Dinosaurs Alive!® will feature 16 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs throughout a forested path in the Zoo. The exhibit offers visitors the opportunity to step back in time to the prehistoric era as the lifelike dinosaurs move and roar demonstrating how they may have looked and moved in a natural environment millions of years ago. In addition to the dinosaurs themselves, the exhibit features a dig site and excavation site where children of all ages can discover what it’s like to be a paleontologist.

Dinosaurs Alive!® is made possible through support from presenting sponsor Artis REIT as well as numerous supporting partners and sponsors.