Velociraptor Paddock – Isla Nublar (S/F)

The Velociraptor Paddock was a large range of territory on Isla Nublar, located at the center of Jurassic Park. Unlike most of the other paddocks, the Raptor Paddock was not accessible from either the tour or service roads, but only from the river. Being home to the most dangerous species in the park, staff and handlers presumably also had access from the underground tunnel systems. The paddock was originally home to eight Velociraptors, but Robert Muldoon explained that, after “The Big One” was introduced into the paddock, she “took over the pride and killed all but two of the others,” leaving a total of three raptors in the paddock.

After “The Big One” started having the other two raptors attack the fence systematically, looking for weaknesses in the design, they were moved to a containment pen on the outskirts of the main compound and the paddock repurposed as a Secondary Reserve Paddock. Unbeknownst to Jurassic Park’s staff, and due to the gene splicing used to create the dinosaurs, at least one of the raptors spontaneously changed sex and bred with another raptor, leaving behind a nest of eggs which hatched sometime after their removal from the paddock. The eggshells were discovered by Alan Grant and Tim and Lex Murphy on their trek through the park, which prompted Grant to quote Ian Malcolm: “Life found a way.”