Minnesota Zoo Media Contact

If you are a member of the press, please contact: Josh Le
Communications Manager
Minnesota Zoo
13000 Zoo Boulevard
Apple Valley, MN 55124
952.212.3428 direct
952.431.9300 fax
josh.le@state.mn.u

Apple Valley, MINN – May 30, 2016: After a number of reported strange sightings and the discovery of large footprints across the Twin Cities metro region, the Minnesota Zoo is cautioning the public to avoid any direct contact with the thought-to-be-extinct reptiles. Individuals are encouraged to post any descriptions of photos of sightings to the Zoo’s Facebook fan page or other social media channels using @mnzoo and #Dinosaurs.

“The Tyrannosaurus rex hasn’t been seen in Minneapolis for nearly 80 million years. So yes, we’re getting a few phone calls,” explained Josh Le, Communications Manager at the Minnesota Zoo. “But, rest assured, we’re doing everything possible to ensure their safety. And the public’s, of course.”

Notices have been placed near locations where footprints have been discovered, including Lake Calhoun and Nicollet Mall. The flyers mention one of the missing dinosaurs by name, listing “Fluffy” as a 13-foot-tall T. rex weighing approximately 16,000 pounds. According to eyewitness reports, the large theropod was last seen heading toward the Zoo, where nearly 20 other dinosaurs have been sighted, including at least one Stegosaurus and one Apatosaurus.

The Zoo is optimistic that the missing dinosaur will return in time to be a major part of the animatronic “Dinosaurs” exhibit running May 28-Labor Day. More information can be found at mnzoo.org.

The Minnesota Zoo is a year-round destination located in Apple Valley, just minutes south of Mall of America. Its mission is to connect people, animals and the natural world to save wildlife. For more information, call 952.431.9500 or visit mnzoo.org. The Minnesota Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and an institutional member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA).