Mongolia of the Cretaceous
Late Cretaceous Mongolia is one of the richest locations for dinosaur fossil hunting, and a great variety of dinosaurs are known, from the familiar Velociraptor and Protoceratops to the utter weirdness of Deinocheirus and Achillobator. This section, bordered by Vista View to the east and the aquarium and Synapsid Alley to the south, showcases animals from four formations - the Bayan Shireh Formation of Cenomanian Burkhant, the Djadochta Formation of Omnogovi, Nemegt Formation of Omnogovi, and the Iren Dabasu Formation of Inner Mongolia (technically China, but it’s only fifty miles away).
The bigger animals are found to the north. The Therizinosaurus, Alioramus, and Gigantoraptor exhibits are more densely forested. A boardwalk runs on one edge of the Therizinosaurus exhibit, bringing you closer to their eye level, while on the other side you can see their majesty from the ground - if you can see them in the trees. In contrast, the Nemegt Prairie paddock, shared by Gallimimus and Saurolophus, is noticeably more open. In between the two is a communal paddock. We rotate the larger plant-eaters into there so we can safely clean the exhibits, and sometimes to let them meet with each other - they live in different habitats and normally wouldn’t.
In the middle of the exhibit is the “Duck Pond”, a swamp shared by Ol’ Sam and a flock of Teviornis. Don’t worry, they won’t fly away - their wings are clipped and they spent most of their time wading anyways. To the south of the pond are three chickenparrots from Djadochta, and to the east live alvarezsaurs, ceratopsians, dromaeosaurids and troodontids. Each of these is open and scrubby. Of course Velociraptor is among these - everyone flocks to see them. They probably get the most attention out of everything here.