Friday 28 July 2017

T-Rex Stan looms large at zoo attraction

Beth Healy (4) looks at Stan the T-Rex at Dublin Zoo’s Zoorassic World. Photo: Patrick Bolger
Beth Healy (4) looks at Stan the T-Rex at Dublin Zoo’s Zoorassic World. Photo: Patrick Bolger

Sorcha O'Connor

Following a nine-month restoration project costing €4m, Dublin Zoo has opened the doors of the new Zoorassic World.

The attraction is the new permanent home of Dublin Zoo's reptiles and Stan the Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Stan stands at an impressive 12.2m long as the centre piece of the restored reptile house, looming more than 3.7m high.

Stan is a replica of the largest and most complete T-Rex fossil ever found.

He was discovered 67pc complete in South Dakota and named after the paleontologist who unearthed the remains; Stan Sacrison.

Zookeeper Garth De Jong said a lot of blood, sweat and tears went into setting up the exhibit.

"It was quite a process putting him together slowly but surely from the toes up - it took over a fortnight. It was like a big 3D jigsaw puzzle," he said.

Director of Dublin Zoo Leo Oosterweghel said the restoration of the reptile house - built in 1902 - was the biggest responsibility.

"It originally cost £4,000, and €4m to restore it," Mr Oosterweghel said.

The director is hoping visitors will learn a lot while having a lot of fun.

Those who pre-book can experience Dinosaur Discovery, with the opportunity to excavate dinosaurs.

Irish Independent

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