Dinosaurs return to Oglebay Good Zoo for summer season

WHEELING – An all-new display of dinosaurs arrived at the Good Zoo and will greet zoo visitors throughout the summer.

“The dinosaurs are fitted with an electric brain so they move and roar,” said Penny Miller, Good Zoo director.

The dinosaurs include a Stegosaurus, Edmontonia, Suchomimus and Amargasaurus.

There also is a Tyrannosaurus Rex that is nonrobotic so visitors can sit on it and take a photo or video, but all other dinosaurs are robotic and move and roar.

Although most of the dinosaurs can be discovered in the woods near the Australian Exhibit, a couple of the dinosaurs are located in other areas of the zoo.

“The Edmontonia has claimed the top of the wetlands waterfall as his prehistoric perch for the summer and the Suchomimus is located in the wetlands,” said Miller.

For a close up view of the Edmontonia, Miller suggested a train ride, but the creature can be seen and heard from the Wetlands.

The Stegosaurus is painted in a unique color design that was created by Jillian Davis of Bethlehem.

“Jillian was the winner of our Design Your Own Stegosaurus Contest held earlier this year,” said Miller.

Miller said the entire zoo staff has been working with a paleontologist.

“The staff is well-versed on the dinosaurs that are currently on exhibit and are prepared to pass on this information to all visitors,” said Miller.

Paleontologists continue to find new dig sites and new dinosaur species, and advanced tools and new discoveries have led to new conclusions about dinosaurs.

“Museums have had to change exhibits numerous times as paleontology forms a more accurate picture of dinosaurs,” said Miller.

Several special events and summer camps are planned at the Good Zoo this summer including a visit from “Dr. Dino” July 12-13.

“The ‘Dr Dino’ events will allow visitors to touch real dinosaur bones and learn from an expert dinosaur hunter,” added Miller.

The zoo is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Admission to the Good Zoo is $9 for adults; $5.75 for children ages 3-12; and Good Zoo members and ages 2 and under are admitted free.