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Animatronic T-Rex, more in the Bronx Zoo's new Dinosaur Safari

Forty ultrarealistic, life-size animatronic dinosaurs will stomp into the Bronx Zoo this spring for "Dinosaur Safari," in what the zoo calls the "biggest, most realistic dinosaur ride in America."  Credit: Linda Rosier

A new ride visiting 40 life-size animatronic dinosaurs recently opened at the Bronz Zoo.

Running through Nov. 3, the Dinosaur Safari — billed as “the biggest, most realistic dinosaur ride in America” — covers about two acres and takes 15 to 20 minutes to complete. The motorized safari travels through a wooded area of the zoo, during which guests will encounter dinos such as the Tyrannosaurus rex and triceratops, while also receiving an introduction to more obscure creatures like the long-necked plant-eating Omeisaurus and the Spinosaurus, a massive carnivore who has appeared in a “Jurassic Park” movie or two (but still isn’t quite a household name).

The ride is narrated, providing plenty of details on each dinosaur, while the creatures themselves are arranged to help visitors get a better idea of how they each lived their lives. Once completed, families can participate in  a handicapped-accessible fossil dig and try some dino-themed activities. (The activities will change throughout the year; check the website for current activities.)

The safari cost is included in the Total Experience Ticket price: $39.95 adults, $29.95 for ages 3 to 12, free for kids 2 and younger. These tickets also include entrance to the Bug Carousel, Jungleworld and the Congo Gorilla Forest, as well as some seasonal attractions. Parking is $17 per car.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, and until 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 718-220-5100  or visit bronxzoo.com.

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