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"You're welcome. Up close and personal with four dinosauruses!"
Zach Mitchell to Gray Mitchell talking about the Ankylosaurus in the Gyrosphere ride.(src)

Name meaning

"Fused Lizard"

Code name





2-3 meters (6-10 feet)


10-11 meters (33-36 feet)


4-6 tons (8,000-12,000 lbs)


North America


Isla Sorna, Isla Nublar

Birth type


Movie canon appearances

Jurassic Park III
Jurassic World

Game appearances

Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis
Warpath: Jurassic Park
Jurassic Park III: Park Builder
Jurassic World: The Game
LEGO Jurassic World
Jurassic Park: Builder
Jurassic Park: Dinosaur Battles
Jurassic Park (arcade game)
Jurassic Park III arcade game
Jurassic Park: Explorer

Adventures appearances

Jurassic Park Adventures: Survivor

Toy appearances

Die-Cast: Jurassic Park
Jurassic Park Series 2
Jurassic Park Junior
Jurassic Park 2011 toys
Jurassic World

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Ankylosaurus was like a tank, with lots of thick, bony armor on its body. It also had a nasty weapon, a heavy club on the end of its tail, which it could swing around and smash into an attacking dinosaur. There probably weren't many creatures, even a big Tyrannosaurus rex, who would want to mess with this formidable species.[1]

As a defensive creature, Ankylosaurus was one of nature's most perfect designs. It was almost impervious to being bitten from above and its long, strong tail muscles would have been able to swing its club with great force, however, the tail wasn't too flexible and could only swing 45 degrees in each direction.[1]

There is very little fossil material from this dinosaur - it was apparently the last and largest of this family of armored dinosaurs. It walked fairly upright on all four legs, carrying its tail off the ground and it is theorized that it would drop to the ground when attacked to use its armor as a shield to cover its legs and underbelly.[1]

Wikipedia has a more detailed and comprehensive article on Ankylosaurus



Ankylosaurus was successfully recreated by InGen in the lab on Isla Sorna.[2][3] The ankylosaurs were parented and fed in captivity on the island. The Ankylosaurus clones had a dark tan underbelly with bright red patches on the eyes. It also had faded stripes of purple on its body and its armor was black.[2]

For unknown reasons, it was not planned to appear in Jurassic Park.[4]

Living in the wild

When Hurricane Clarissa struck Isla Sorna, the InGen personnel left the island. The Ankylosaurs were either set free by the workers, broke out on their own or because the storm had damaged fences. Ankylosaurs roamed freely across the island.[3]

The Ankylosaurs had to learn to live in the wild. Since they no longer received lysine supplements in their food, they started to eat lysine rich plants.[3] It is unknown how many Ankylosaurs lived on the island, but they were known to have resided in the jungles of the northeast.[2]

Isla Sorna Incident (2001)

While Billy Brennan and Paul and Amanda Kirby were looking for Dr. Alan Grant and Eric Kirby a small group of Ankylosaurs passed by the forest they were in. Another group of Ankylosaurus was briefly encountered near a river where Dr. Alan Grant and the Kirby family road a boat through.[2]

Jurassic World

InGen recreated Ankylosaurus for Masrani Global Corporation's new dinosaur zoo Jurassic World on Isla Nublar. These new clones had grayish skin and dark gray armor with white spikes and were 1 meter longer than the first clones created. The Ankylosaurs could be viewed in the Gyrosphere attraction.

Isla Nublar Incident (2015)

While in the Gyrosphere exhibit, Zach and Gray saw an opening in the perimeter fence and went in where they saw several Ankylosaurs. While in there, the Indominus rex attacked. The Ankylosaurs ran to avoid the fight, hitting the gyrosphere on their way, but the Indominus rex was able to get one, although it put up a fight and even smacked the Indominus rex in the head, the Indominus rex slashed its legs and fliped the Ankylosaurus over then procceded to kill it.[5]




Jurassic Park (arcade game)

Ankylosaurus appeared in the first Jurassic Park arcade game, it served as obstacle to player as they are sleeping in Area 2.

Warpath: Jurassic Park

Ankylosaurus is a playable character in the game Warpath: Jurassic Park that has 3 color: white, black and yellow, and silver.

Jurassic Park III (arcade game)

Ankylosaurus is a boss in Area 2 of Jurassic Park III (arcade game).

Jurassic Park III: Park Builder

Ankylosaurus can be created from paleo-DNA in the game Jurassic Park III: Park Builder. It is nr. 72 of the Herbivore Twos.

Jurassic Park: Dinosaur Battles

Ankylosaurus is one of the playable dinosaurs in the game, one of the most effective dinosaur against all dinosaurs.

Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis

see Ankylosaurus/Operation Genesis

Ankylosaurus may be seen as a four-star large herbivore in the video game Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis. It prefers watery environments like lakes and rivers. It is possible for it to engage in "Death Duels" with Tyrannosaurus. Tyrannosaurus rex sometimes comes on top by snapping the Ankylosaurusneck (holding its head down with its foot and then twisting it with its jaws) or by being attacked from underneath. This is possibly meant to reflect the T. rex and Ankylosaurus battle in BBC's Walking with Dinosaurs. This dinosaur has the highest hit point value at 1600 this is higher than other large and armored dinosaurs like Brachiosaurus and Stegosaurus.

Jurassic Park: Explorer

Ankylosaurus is featured in the DVD game. Jurassic Park: Explorer.

Jurassic Park: Builder

see Ankylosaurus/Builder

Ankylosaurus is one of the available dinosaurs in the IOS application, Jurassic Park: Builder.

Jurassic World: The Game

see Ankylosaurus/JW: TG

Ankylosaurus is one of the dinosaurs that can be created in Jurassic World: The Game. Since June 10, 2015, a Level 40 Ankylosaurus could be mixed with a Level 40 Diplodocus to make the hybrid Ankylodocus.

LEGO Jurassic World

Ankylosaurus appears in the Jurassic Park III and Jurassic World sections of the game.

LEGO Dimensions

Ankylosaurus can see in the outskirts of the Jurassic World dimension. It resues its model from LEGO Jurassic World.

Die-Cast: Jurassic Park

Die-cast figures of Ankylosaurus and Hadrosaurus were packaged together in the toy line. Also, one of the cards that came with dual-pack featured Ankylosaurus.

Jurassic Park Series 2

An Ankylosaurus hatchling is included in the Ellie Sattler action figure that appears in the Jurassic Park Series 2 toy line.

Jurassic Park Junior

A juvenile Ankylosaurus appears along with a juvenile Dilophosaurus and a human in the Jurassic Park Junior toy line. The toy also comes with a capture net for the Ankylosaur.[6]

Jurassic Park 2011 toys

Another Ankylosaurus figure was originally planned for the Jurassic Park 2011 toys packaged with a newly sculpted Spinosaurus, but in the end it was scrapped like the rest of the line.

Jurassic World

A basher figure of Ankylosaurus is a part of the toy line. It can swing its tail when one of its legs is twisted.

Ankylosaurus also has a Hero Mashers figure where its parts can be used with other toys in the line to make unique creations.

Behind the scenes


The incomplete scene of three Ankylosaurs crossing the river. (Image credit: Jurassic Park Legacy.)

In scene 58 of the Lost World film script Robert Burke says:

"That evidence of thanatocoenses I thought I saw from the helicopter was in fact the remains of the ankylosaur herd. A predator must have driven them off the cliff, so I’m afraid they are, once again, extinct."

If this scene was to have been shot it would have put future appearances of Ankylosaurus in jeopardy.

Two scenes of Ankylosaurus was removed from Jurassic Park III. This is included a battle between an individual and a pack of Velociraptors and a more peaceful scene of a herd of three crossing the river that Dr. Alan Grant and the Kirby family were on. However, the scene where an Ankylosaurus fights a Velociraptor pack was later included in the LEGO Jurassic World level "Eric Kirby".

In the storyboard for Jurassic World, the Indominus rex proceeds to eat the Ankylosaurus after she kills it, suggesting that the fight between the two was not going to be in defense nor out of the Indominus' desire to kill it for sport.[7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Jurassic Park Institute, Dinopedia, Ankylosaurus.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Jurassic Park III
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 The Lost World: Jurassic Park
  4. Ankylosaurus does not appear in any version of the Jurassic Park brochure, nor in the InGen Field Journal, InGen Field Guide and Tour the Island website.
  5. Jurassic World
  6. Retrieved from
  7. davelowerystoryboards - Jurassic World (July 31, 2015) Retrieved from
Jurassic Park III Dinosaurs
AnkylosaurusBrachiosaurusCeratosaurusCompsognathusCorythosaurusParasaurolophusPteranodonSpinosaurusStegosaurusTriceratopsTyrannosaurus rexVelociraptor
Jurassic World Dinosaurs
AnkylosaurusApatosaurusDimorphodonGallimimusIndominus rexMosasaurusParasaurolophusPteranodonStegosaurusTriceratopsTyrannosaurus rexVelociraptor
Playable Warpath Dinosaurs
AcrocanthosaurusAlbertosaurusAnkylosaurusCarcharodontosaurusCryolophosaurusGiganotosaurusMegaraptorPachycephalosaurusSpinosaurusStygimolochStyracosaurusSuchomimusTriceratopsTyrannosaurus rex

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