Calling all archaeologists, dinosaur enthusiasts and Jurassic Park fanatics: The Dallas Zoo has unveiled a new addition to the park: Dinos at the Dallas Zoo. Now your littles can see their toy T. rex’s in real life—at an overwhelming size. If they’re lucky, they might even spot the dino that roams around the park.
From velociraptors to citipatis, Dinos at the Dallas Zoo has meat eaters and plant eaters on display for the first time since their original appearance in 2015. Dallas Zoo’s president and CEO Gregg Hudson says that year, the park had more than one million visitors—so it’s easy to see why the dinos were brought back.
One astounding aspect of the dinos is their high quality and lifelikeness. Each is made of steel with waterproof skin. “The dinosaurs have electronic ‘brains’ that control their movements and sounds,” says a press release from the zoo. As you pass each dinosaur, you can hear their personalized roar, and the feisty dinos might even spray you with water.
Kiddos can wander through a cave with fossils around the walls. Make sure they watch their step, because the inside of the cave gets a little dark and foggy. There is also a daily “Train a Dino” demonstration, a dino encounter and the “Wonders of the Wild” show is now “DinoSOAR,” and will discuss the connection between dinosaurs and today.
Expect plenty of interactive areas, such as a fossil dig, robotic dinosaurs, puzzles with giant bones, “Jump Like a Dino,” “Spit Like a Dilophosaurus,” and a manipulatable “Timeline of Life on Earth.”
The big takeaway from the exhibit is awareness of extinction. Hanging from the fences are infographics talking about how to prevent extinction, which animals are extinct because of environmental changes and how many species are being lost to man-made causes.
Dinosaurs are extinct, but the animals that are on Earth now need attention. “We don’t want the magnificent animals in our care and their species in the wild to become the dinosaurs of the future,” says Sean Greene, Dallas Zoo’s chief operations officer. “Throughout Dinos, we’ve created multiple opportunities for guests to learn about endangered species and what the Dallas Zoo is doing to protect them, so we can all work together to create a better world for animals for generations to come.”
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