Since the first Jurassic Park film hit theaters back in 1993, the franchise has sparked the imaginations of fans. Jurassic World: Dominion is set to release in June 2022, and the movie will integrate legacy characters Alan Grant, Dr. Ellie Sattler, and even Ian Malcolm back into the story.
From man-eating monsters to docile herbivores, the list of dinosaurs created by InGen has continued to grow over the years. What started with only 15 species quickly became so much more after the geneticists began cloning in secret on a separate island. Then, when the Masrani Global Corporation got onboard and hired Dr. Henry Wu, the continuation of genetically engineered hybrids continued. While most of the creatures created for Jurassic Park/World are extremely dangerous, there are a few that could make interesting household companions with the proper training.
First seen in The Lost World: Jurassic Park – which is the second film in the franchise – the Compsognathus is a petite dinosaur that only grows up to 12-inches tall. Weighing up to 7.7 lbs, it is approximately the size of a house cat. Technically classified as a carnivore, it is more of a scavenger than anything else.
In a group, these little creatures can be extremely dangerous. They attack a young girl at the beginning of the film – almost killing her. While disturbing, that scene was far from one of the scariest moments from the franchise. However, one of these dinosaurs wouldn’t be able to cause much damage. If it were raised from a hatchling, it may make a fairly good pet.
The Gallimimus is first seen in the original Jurassic Park film when Alan, Lex, and Tim are fleeing from the rogue Tyrannosaurus Rex. Growing over 6-feet tall and weighing almost 1,000 lbs, these creatures are similar to prehistoric ostriches.
In the franchise, they are classified as an herbivore, but in reality, they were omnivores. Since large modern-day birds – like ostriches and emus – are domesticated, there is no reason to think that the Gallimimus couldn’t also become docile. While they probably wouldn’t be an indoor pet, they could certainly live out a cushy life on a ranch or farm.
More commonly known as the Pterodactyl, the Pteranodon being kept as a pet might be a bit shocking for some fans. This flying carnivore has a wingspan of up to 33-feet, and it did not seem very welcoming to humans during the incident on Isla Sorna in Jurassic Park 3.
However, many modern-day predatory birds are kept as pets. There is even an entire hunting culture surrounding the use of falcons and hawks all around the world. If a Pteranodon were raised from the egg and trained properly, it could be kept as an exotic pet by an experienced falconer.
A small horned herbivore that would make a fantastic house pet is the Microceratus. Growing up to 2.5-feet in length and weighing about 14 lbs, it is approximately the size of a small dog or large cat. They are equipped with sharp beaks to rip off leaves, so they would probably do well on a rabbit food diet with raw greens and vegetables mixed in.
These interesting dinosaurs have yet to be shown in the Jurassic Park films. They were intended to make their first on-screen appearance in Jurassic World, but the scene was eventually cut. Whether or not they will finally show up in Jurassic World: Dominion is still unclear.
Nicknamed “Friar Tuck” in The Lost World: Jurassic Park, the Pachycephalosaurus is another dinosaur that could potentially be a good pet. As an herbivore, the owner wouldn’t have to worry about being eaten. However, this creature can grow up to 6-feet tall and weigh almost 1,000 lbs. It is also equipped with a hard, domed head that is used as a battering ram. This makes it one of the most powerful dinosaurs in the franchise.
Similar to the modern-day bighorn sheep, it has the ability to do some serious damage when provoked. A juvenile is seen in the film slamming its head into the side of an SUV and making a massive dent while being hunted. However, if treated kindly, there is no reason to assume that it would ever intentionally hurt someone.
Another large herbivore that could be a good pet is the Parasaurolophus. Although it can grow up to 13-feet tall and weigh around 10,000 lbs, it is the same species as Ducky from The Land Before Time series. Equipped with a crest on top of its head that may have been used as a snorkel, this giant lizard would have a blast on a farm with access to a lake.
The Parasaurolophus is depicted in all five films, and it will most likely be in Jurassic World: Dominion as well. During the hunt and capture scene of The Lost World: Jurassic Park, it was one of the dinosaurs that was taken by the InGen hunting party. As a herd animal, it is also seen living peacefully alongside many other herbivore species.
Putting controversy aside, the Velociraptor has already proven itself to be a good pet. However, this is the type of animal that would only be docile with one or two people. They are given quite a bit of screen time in all five films, and they are typically shown as villains. However, they are incredibly smart, which leads to their ability to be trained by Owen Grady in Jurassic World.
As pack hunters, the raptors need an alpha to lead the group. If they are raised from an egg by someone like Owen, they could be very loyal – and protective – pets. However, the owner will never be able to have guests in the house.note: But There Are Many Things That The Plumber’s
Another dinosaur that was not shown in the films but is part of InGen’s list of secret creations is the Troodon. Roughly the same size as the Gallimimus, it is similar to the ostriches of today. The main difference is that it had a lot of tiny teeth, classifying it as an omnivore.
According to Jurassic Park lore, the Troodons that were created for the park were supposed to be terminated. However, an unnamed employee hid them until the Dennis Nedry incident released all f the dinosaurs in the park. What happened to the species after that is unclear, but if someone thought they were worth protecting, then they would probably make good pets.note: It Inevitably Stood Out As The Single Biggest
Making its first appearance in Jurassic Park 3 and showing up in both Jurassic World films, the Ankylosaurus is another herbivore that could make a good pet. They can weigh between 8,000 and 17,000 lbs, which would make them kinda like a massive, armored cow. Every part of their body is covered in armor including their eyelids. Somewhat similar to a modern-day rhinoceros, they are shown as gentle giants.
They do, however, have a clubbed tail that could be deadly. One unlucky Ankylosaurus is seen in Jurassic World attempting to fight off the Indominus Rex. While it does get a hit in, its defenses prove to be lacking against the hybrid predator.note: So The Winning Nominee Isn’t Always The Best