Featuring more than 30 life-sized, animatronic re-creations of ice age giants.
Brookfield Zoo has launched an exciting new exhibition offering guests the chance to travel back 20,000 years to the last major ice age and hang out with the enormous megafauna that roamed the earth in its most glacial days.
Taking place zoo-wide, ‘Ice Age Giants’ features over 30 life-sized animatronic recreations of the gigantic animals that existed in North America and Eurasia during the last major ice age, which peaked about 20,000 years ago.
First opened on April 1, 2022, it will be open through Sunday, October 30, 2022,
Many parts of the animals move as they did in real life, including the head, eyes, mouth, and tail, offering guests an exciting time warp like no other in the Midwest. The creator behind the thrilling new exhibit, Don Lessem, CEO of Dino Don, Inc., has been digging, reconstructing, researching, and robotizing dinosaurs and other creatures from the past for 30 years and has now brought them to life across the 216-acre park.
There are giants such as a 15-foot-tall woolly mammoth, an oafish 20-foot-long giant ground sloth, a 12-foot-tall giant bird, a fearsome 5-foot-long saber-toothed cat, and many more. There is also a huge armored Glyptodon Shell-ter, a distant prehistoric relative of the modern-day armadillo, which youngsters can enter and pose for a photo.
Some of the most exciting ice age giants on show are the following:
-Mastodon (18 feet long)
-Woolly mammoth (15 feet tall)
-Giant ground sloths (20 feet long)
-Giant rodent (10 feet long)
-Short-faced bear (11 feet long)
-Giant ape (10 feet tall)
-Saber-toothed cat (5 feet long)
-Giant bird (12 feet tall)
Brookfield Zoo is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm with extended hours on holidays. The ‘Ice Age Giants’ exhibit is included in general admission. More information can be found at www.czs.org/IceAgeGiants.
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