Rocky Rex, MOR’s famously friendly T.rex mascot, was discovered by MOR field paleontologists in November of 2012 as he was wandering alone in the badlands of Eastern Montana. Even though he was a T.rex, one of the biggest dinosaurs ever, he was a little scared and very, very lonely. Obviously, a T.rex needs friends, too!
After lots of TLC (and many requests by the field paleontologists who found him not to be eaten!), Rocky Rex decided to call Museum of the Rockies home!
We were thrilled to have him come live with us. And even more excited when we found out that not only was Rocky Rex a real sweetheart, but he also loved to be around people and especially children! More than anything, though, Rocky Rex likes to be hugged.
Since the day Rocky Rex became part of the MOR family, he’s danced at the Sweet Pea Parade, caught a football in the end zone at Montana State University's Bobcat Stadium, and visited classrooms throughout the Gallatin Valley. Rocky Rex has even used his pre-historic passport to travel to Japan where he visited one of MOR’s sister museums — the Mifune Dinosaur Museum in Kumamoto — and met their dinosaur mascot named Finemaru.
Rocky Rex has been a jubilant dinosaur here at MOR. He likes to play a lot, and he makes friends with everybody he meets. So if you happen to see him when you come to MOR for a visit, remember to give him a big hug. He likes that most of all.
In bringing Rocky Rex to life back in the summer of 2012, MOR’s design team created some basic looks for our new friend. Then, with the help of a Looney Times company, the design was modified to create today’s very engaging character. Even our paleontology department had a say in the final design to make sure our T.rex mascot was a realistic portrayal of a T.rex. In November of 2012, Museum of the Rockies launched a multi-media campaign to name our new mascot, and the MOR staff voted on all the entries – the winning name came from Tammy DeRieux of Anaconda, Montana. Rocky Rex made his first public debut at the 2012 Christmas Stroll in downtown Bozeman, where he had his picture taken with many admiring new fans.
Because Rocky Rex became so famous so quickly, MOR decided to sell Rocky Rex plush dolls in the Museum Store. Now Rocky Rex can be found in children’s toy chests all across Montana, and the U.S. MOR also gives away Rocky Rex tattoos at many of its children’s programs and family day events
Want to meet Rocky Rex up close and personally? He loves to be around people and to play with little kids, so he makes public appearances all the time, including family day and dinosaur-related events here at the Museum. If you’d like to find out when Rocky Rex will make his next public appearance, just contact Angie Weikert at email@example.com or 406-994-6618.
2013 Public Appearances included: Dinosaur Family Day, Junior Paleontologist Summer Camps, Bozeman Sweet Pea Parade, Head Start Family Night, Dynamite Dads Family Night, and Bozeman Christmas Stroll
We’d love to hear what Rocky Rex means to you! If you’d like to share your Rocky Rex story or Rocky Rex picture, just email them to Angie Weikert at firstname.lastname@example.org. We review new submissions, and you never know, we might post your picture or story to Museum of the Rockies’ Facebook page!
Rocky Rex hands a summer camp participant a Rocky Rex doll