See 'Dinosaurs in the Desert' at Phoenix Zoo through April 2018

PHOENIX - Nearly two dozen noisy, active prehistoric creatures are coming to Phoenix Zoo! 

The "Dinosaurs in the Desert" self-guided exhibit is set to open to the general public during the weekend of October 6-8. Members of the zoo and Arizona Center for Nature Conservation will get an early preview of the exhibit from October 3-8. 

Phoenix Zoo says the special exhibit is expected to take about 30 minutes to peruse -- or however long you choose -- and will include animatronic dinosaurs and educational facts about each one.

Guests will also have the chance to be a paleontologist while digging through fossils and ancient artifacts. 

The dinosaurs will be painted to represent the colors and patterns of today's desert animals. For example, a Carnotaurus will be painted like a jaguar, an Edomontonia painted like a Gila monster and a Diabloceratops painted like a desert spiny lizard.

Some of the designs were chosen during a custom paint competition where two grand prize winners were chosen from 1,000 artists. 

Admission will run $5 for the general public and $4 for members. 

"Dinosaurs in the Desert" will be open during other major zoo events like Roars & Pours, Howl-O-Ween and ZooLights. 

The exhibit is expected to remain open through April 2018. 

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