Knoxville, Tenn. (February 28, 2023) – Zoo Knoxville is preparing for a special event millions of years in the making.  Dawn of the Dinosaurs presented by Chick-fil-A Knoxville will feature lifelike dinos that move, roar and spit beginning March 1 through September 4, 2023. 

Guests will experience 17 species of “terrible lizards” that lived during the Mesozoic era 245 to 65.5 million years ago, including the fascinating feathered Utahraptor, a towering Brachiosaurus, and a Tyrannosaurus Rex with a roar that rumbles!

Dawn of the Dinosaurs tells the story of the ancestors of today’s birds and crocodiles and how a catastrophic asteroid impact 65 million years ago caused one of Earth’s major mass extinctions.  During this special exhibition, visitors can learn about the living descendants of dinosaurs and how modern animals evolved similar characteristics.

Dawn of the Dinosaurs is included as part of a general admission ticket and free for Zoo Knoxville members.  For more information, visit the zoo’s website at or follow @zooknoxville on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and TikTok.

Dawn of the Dinosaurs is produced by Billings Productions, Inc., a world leader in animatronic exhibits for zoos, museums, botanic gardens and theme parks.  Special thanks to our presenting sponsor Chick-fil-A Knoxville. 

Video and graphics for use:
Drew Rowan, Zoo Knoxville COO Dino interview
Dino B-Roll
Dino Graphics

Zoo Knoxville is a nonprofit entity situated on 53 wooded acres just east of downtown Knoxville. Zoo Knoxville features exhibits of wild animals in natural habitats and is world renowned for its efforts in conservation and species survival. Zoo Knoxville is nationally accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is committed to the highest standards in animal care and well-being, ethics, conservation, and education. Knoxville’s largest attraction, the zoo is open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  Currently, the zoo is open daily from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  Beginning March 4, the zoo will be open from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. daily.  Admission and ticket sales stop one-hour before the zoo closes. For more information visit