In 2013, Naturalis Biodiversity Center in the Netherlands in cooperation with the Black Hills Institute in South Dakota, began excavations on a T. rex fossil. The female T. rex, named Trix, was found in Montana. Paleontologist Dr. Anne Schulp of Naturalis, head of T. rex research, says the quality of this fossil is unmatched by any other large T. rex find. Trix has more than 80 percent of her bone volume, which places her in the top 3 rankings of the most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeletons in the world. Trix will become the first T. rex skeleton to be obtained (in the collection of) a museum outside North America when the exhibition,”T. rex in Town” opens at Naturalis in Leiden on September 10, 2016.

Representatives of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Naturalis Biodiversity Center, the Chicago Department of Aviation, the Black Hills Institute and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will mark this cooperation between the Netherlands and the United States during a press conference. Visuals at the press conference include: the captain of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines being presented with Trix’s oversized Dutch passport; photo ops of passengers taking their picture with Trix; the loading of the crates containing the skeleton onto the plane and interviews with speakers, and passengers.

Media RSVP required. Media representatives must call the Media Relations office of the Chicago Department of Aviation at (773) 686-3700 or e-mail cdamedia@cityofchicago.org. Please provide the names, gender and dates of birth of any staff who might attend the event by noon on Friday, August 19. Staff must bring a valid, government-issued, photo ID for access. For additional questions on Trix, media should contact: Carla Bundy, Royal Netherlands Embassy, (202) 274-2632 or cy.bundy@minbuza.nl

Media Parking: All media vehicles must park in the lot adjacent to Terminal 5. Live trucks may park on the lower level roadway by the flags and must be attended at all times.

Follow Trix’s journey on social media using #Trexpat.