Phoenix Zoo


nce nobody knows for sure how dinosaurs were colored or patterned, Phoenix Zoo called upon all young Valley artists to show them what they think. The coloring contest launched in April and the Zoo received more than 1,000 entries.

The five finalists

Those amazing submissions were narrowed down to five finalists, one for each age category of the contest ( ages 3-4, ages 5-6, ages 7-8, ages 9-10 and ages 11-12). Here are the five finalists.

Watercolor, age 3-4.
Colorful, age 5-6.
Tiger, age 7-8.
Tea Party, age 9-10.
Multiple Endangered Species, age 11-12.

What happens next

All five finalists have been invited to attend the Zoo’s upcoming Prowl & Play event on Saturday, August 5, where the two grand prize winners will be announced.  These two winning designs will be  sent to Billings Productions, Inc., who will put their designers and painters to work replicating the amazing artwork on two stegosaurus sculptures.

The designed sculptures will be on view in the Zoo’s new Dinosaurs in the Desert exhibit opening this October.

Vote online for your two favorite designs

Help select the two Grand Prize winners.  Don’t delay… the deadline for online voting ends at midnight on Wednesday, August 2nd.

To review the artwork and select your two favorite designs, visit the ballot at: