Asheboro, NC - The North Carolina Zoo has partnered with Biscuitville restaurants to promote the zoo's 2013 Dinosaurs exhibit.

Biscuitville will be a sponsor for the zoo's Dinosaur on the Loose campaign which features a traveling animatronic dinosaur making appearances at businesses, schools, sporting events and other locations around the Triad. 

The 11-foot-long dinosaur Deinonychus will appear at various Biscuitville locations throughout the Triad on Thursdays from 7 to 9 a.m. beginning July 18 and continuing through October 17. Specific locations will be announced during that time period on the Two Guys Named Chris Show on Greensboro radio station WKRR-FM, Rock 92. The first 25 people to stop by during each appearance will receive a youth dinosaur T-Shirt and a pass to see the dinosaur exhibit at the N.C. Zoo. 

Deinonychus, Greek for terrible claw, is an 11-foot long predator with large curved claws that roamed the Southwestern U.S. during the Cretaceous period and served as the model for the pack-hunting Velociraptors made famous in the film Jurrassic Park.

On loan from Billing Productions, a Texas company that is an international leader in animatronic dinosaur exhibits, Deinonychus is representing 15 other life-like robotic creatures featured in the second successful year of Dinosaurs at the State Zoo. Nearly 240,000 people, representing more than 35 percent of zoo visitors, toured the exhibit in 2012. Dinosaur on the Loose is also being made possible through Asheboro's Wayne Thomas Chevrolet, which is providing a brand new Chevy pickup as the dinosaur's transport vehicle.

Deinoychus will make its first Biscuitville appearance on Thursday, July 18, at the restaurant on North Fayetteville Street in Asheboro and will be at the Wendover Avenue location in Greensboro on July 25. Future locations on the schedule include Greensboro's Carolina Theatre Kids Club, the town of Denton Festival on September 14, the Lexington Barbecue Festival and the Asheboro Fall Festival. Contact the zoo to request an appearance.

Biscuitville is a family-owned company headquartered in Greensboro. Since opening its first restaurant in 1966, Biscuitville has grown to employ nearly 900 people and operates 58 restaurants in North Carolina and Virginia. The company offers biscuits baked fresh every 20 minutes from scratch-made dough that is rolled and cut by hand. In 2011, Biscuitville was named to Saveur magazine's exclusive Saveur 100 for its "quintessential Southern biscuit." Information about the company and menu items can be found at

For more information on Dinosaurs 2013, visit the zoo website at  or call 1-800-488-0444. The zoo is an agency of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, John E. Skvarla, III, Secretary; Pat McCrory, Governor.