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Trachodon from NY World's Fair

Field review by the editors.

Brookfield, Illinois

The Trachodon lurking in an Illinois forest is 38 feet tall, 16 feet long. This large plant-eater is suitably displayed in a wooded area of Brookfield Zoo, although it otherwise seems out of place among the non-extinct animals.

Sculpted life-size from fiberglass by Hungarian artist Louis Paul Jonas, it was originally part of the "Sinclair Dinoland" exhibit of "terrible lizards" at the 1964-65 New York World's Fair. Although it's a big dinosaur, it never had the star quality of some of its fellow herbivores such as Triceratops and Stegosaurus.

Also see: 1964-65 New York World's Fair

Trachodon from NY World's Fair

Brookfield Zoo

8400 W. 31st St., Brookfield, IL
At 1st Ave. between Ogden Ave. and W. 31st St. There are exits to 1st Ave. from I-290 and I-55. Signs on 1st Ave. direct you to the Zoo main entrance and parking. The Trachodon stands outdoors, on the northwest side of the zoo, on the northeast side of Indian Lake, visible from the Salt Creek Nature Trail.
M-F 10-5, Sa-Su 10-6 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Adults $25, plus $15 to park.
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