Prehistoric Predators at ZooTampa

Prehistoric Predators exhibit NOW OPEN at ZooTampa

ZooTampa at Lowry Park is once again transporting you back into prehistoric times so you and the kids can go nose to snout with some of the world’s most ferocious prehistoric predators.

Prehistoric Predators is a limited-time exhibit and the final day to experience it is Sunday, April 28, 2024.

The best part — it’s included with zoo admission!

Meet the Prehistoric Predators

There are 15 colossal animatronic predators on display in the outdoor exhibit. This is the same outdoor walkway area where previous exhibits like Bugtopia and Dinos Alive were on display.

Alex Crow, ZooTmapa’s director of events and entertainment tells us exhibits like this are exciting for kids, “You don’t see these animals anymore, so being able to see this lifelike representation of them really gets the kids’ imaginations going.”

If you are going with a younger child, he says it’s a good idea to remind them that while these animals may appear ferocious with their roars, they are 100% safe at ZooTampa!

ZooTampa Prehistoric Predators Dire Wolf
ZooTampa Prehistoric Predators Dire Wolf. Photo by ZooTampa.

The Prehistoric Predators on display:

  • Allosaurus
  • Baryonyx
  • Cryolophosaurus
  • Giant Bear
  • Deinonychus
  • Deltadromeous
  • Dire Wolf
  • Gigantosaurus
  • Megalania
  • Giant Sea Scorpion
  • Smilodon
  • Suchomimus
  • Terror Bird
  • Titanoboa
  • Megalodon

Prehistoric Predators Connections to Animals at ZooTampa

ZooTampa does a great job of not only introducing you to the animals of our world’s prehistoric past, but they also show you how they connect with the animals we find on our planet today, and even animals at the Zoo!

Titantoboa at ZooTampa Prehistoric Predators
Titantoboa at ZooTampa Prehistoric Predators. Photo by Laura Byrne.

Look out for the green “Links to the Past” signs near each animal for fun facts, including:

  • Titantoboa: Scientists believe the Titanoboa was a constrictor snake that strangled its prey like the Florida Kingsnakes of today.
  • Gigantasaurs: Scientists believe the Gigantasaurus formed small multi-generational packs like the Red Wolves at ZooTampa.

You will also find similar signs in front of select animal exhibits throughout the Zoo linking back to the creatures of the Prehistoric Predators exhibit, so it all ties together really nicely!

Learn more about the Prehistoric Predators here.

Yes, you can order dino nuggets during Prehistoric Predators exhibit

ZooTampa’s chefs are getting in on the action by offering some Prehistoric Predators-themed food, including a Dino Nuggets Kid’s Meal, Dino Donoughts, and Pterodactyl Wings. You’ll find the snacks at the restaurant near the entrance of the zoo.

Dino Nuggets Meal at ZooTampa
Dino Nuggets Meal at ZooTampa

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