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Name meaning

""Speedy Thief""

Code name





2 meters (6 feet)


3 meters (10 feet) [JP]
4 meters (13 ft) [JPIII]


150-300 pounds


Mongolia, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, China, and Oklahoma


Isla Nublar
Isla Sorna

Birth type


Film appearances

Jurassic Park
The Lost World: Jurassic Park
Jurassic Park III

Comic appearances

Jurassic Park: Redemption II
Jurassic Park: Raptor
Jurassic Park: Raptors Attack
Jurassic Park: Raptors Hijack

Adventures appearances

Jurassic Park Adventures: Survivor
Jurassic Park Adventures: Prey

Toy appearances

Jurassic Park - Series 1
Jurassic Park - Series 2
The Lost World - Series 2
Jurassic Park 3

Theme park appearances

Jurassic Park: River Adventure

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Velociraptor, in real life, was a genus of dromaeosaurid theropod dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous period which inhabited what is now the Mongolia-China border. Velociraptor was no bigger than a wolf and with its feathers it bore a very bird-like appearance. It had a long claw ("terrible claw") on the second toe of both feet, 8 cm (3 in) long, which was probably used as a weapon. Velociraptor was the first dromaeosaurid be discovered (1923) and is still the most well known to paleontologists, with over a dozen recovered fossil skeletons - the most of any other member of its family. Since its appearance in the first film, it has become a symbol of Jurassic Park and has appeared in all the films and games.

In the Jurassic Park universe, the term "Velociraptor" is applied to the genus of another dromaeosaurid dinosaur known as Deinonychus. The films, like the novels, followed the unusual taxonomy created by Gregory S. Paul, who believed that Deinonychus, as well as a few other species of dromaeosaurids, could be classified under the genus "Velociraptor". This is why the Velociraptor in the Jurassic Park films are so large.[1]

Wikipedia has a more detailed and comprehensive article on Velociraptor

Jurassic Park Franchise

Velociraptor are one of the main antagonists in all Jurassic Park media. However, these creatures are different from the real-life Velociraptor as they follow the Gregory S. Paul taxonomy explained above. In the novels, the animals are misclassified as Achillobator giganticus, judging by the size and location of the amber samples, and in the films, the animals are classified as "Velociraptor antirrhopus" in accordance to Gregory S. Paul taxonomy. The raptors, however, heavily differ from their real life counterparts in physiology and appearance, including a lack of feathers, pronated hands, and general mismatched proportions. This is possibly due to genetic mutations of unknown origin that differ the animals from their fossil record counterparts.

Novel canon

see Velociraptor (novel canon)

Film canon

See Velociraptor (movie canon)

Velociraptor is one of the most popular dinosaurs in the Jurassic Park franchise. They have a major role in all three movies and The Game. Velociraptor is the first dinosaur seen in Jurassic Park. The first scene features a raptor being transported into the paddock. They are often seen hunting in packs and as being highly intelligent.

Video games

They appear in almost all games. Below is a list of notable games featuring them:


A male raptor from the Lost World arcade game.

The Lost World: Jurassic Park PSX

In the Lost World: Jurassic Park video game, Velociraptor is a playable character. They appear as they do in the novels. The information screen of this level shows that these raptors are two meters long; which shows that they belong to the mongoliensis species. However judging by size and information (coutresy by JP Legacy), they apparently are known as V. giganticus which is Achillobator. The raptor must escape an abandoned InGen facility into a forest were a forest fire rages, while facing numerous dinosaurs and hunters. However, their physical appearance still resembles the Deinonychus, which also appears in the game.


Under contruction

Theme Parks

The raptors appeared near the end of Jurassic Park: River Adventure, where they are shown to have recently escaped, and are now tearing up the area. During Universal's Annual Halloween Horror Nights which took place at Islands of Adventure for the first time in 2002, the Jurassic Park island became JP: Extinction, and of course, with all the dinosaurs unleashed out of their paddocks, there were several scare-actors dressed up as raptors, hiding in the bushes, waiting to scare the unsuspecting tourists.

Toy lines


  • Although largely based on Deinonychus antirrhopus, they were more similar in size to Achillobator giganticus.
  • The Internet meme "Philosoraptor", is a satirical representation of the Velociraptor and their implied intelligence.
  • The Velociraptor in the Dangerous Games adapted feathers.
  • Kelly, Oscar, Muldoon (Novel), and Dr.Grant (Novel) are the only characters in the whole franchise who succeeded in killing a Velociraptor (besides characters in shooting games).
  • By the classification following of Gregory S. Paul's taxonomy, the genus in Jurassic Park are given a full name as Velociraptor. "antirrhopus" nublarensis. Though it is usually dubbed V. nublarensis for short.
    • Despite going by Paul's taxonomy they are named by fans as Velociraptor. nublarensis, to avoid confusion between the former owner of the title, Deinonychus. Like the specific namesake the species gets its name from their debut within the first film, it means "Nublar's speedy plunderer" or "swift theif of Nublar".
    • They relatively two species of Velociraptor that appear within Jurassic Park. V. nublarensis (Jurassic Park and The Lost World) and V. sornaensis (Jurassic Park III) respectively. Interestingly both species are polar opposites and share different signs morality and methods of hunting, frankly both species were created on Isla Sorna, but it unknown if these creatures ever crossed paths.


  1. Paul, Gregory S. (1988). Predatory Dinosaurs of the World. New York: Simon and Schuster. pp. 464pp. ISBN 978-0671619466.

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