Saturday 21 April 2018

When dinosaurs ruled the zoo...

A animatronic tyrannosaurus rex arrives at Bristol Zoo Gardens, one of 12 which are to be part of the zoo's new exhibition DinoZoo
A animatronic tyrannosaurus rex arrives at Bristol Zoo Gardens, one of 12 which are to be part of the zoo's new exhibition DinoZoo
The 12 new animatronic dinosaurs will be on display at Bristol Zoo until September

They ruled the Earth for millions of years - and now, a host of life-sized animatronic dinosaurs have roared into their new home at a zoo.

Twelve huge mechanical creatures arrived at Bristol Zoo Gardens where they will take pride of place in its DinoZoo exhibition for the next three months.

Emerging one by one, some of the world's most popular dinosaur species - such as the tyrannosaurus rex, triceratops and the long-necked brachiosaurus - were unloaded by forklift truck from three lorries and moved into the zoo.

Over the coming 10 days the new residents, transported from Texas in America, will be placed around the Zoo and brought to life using mechanical technology and animatronics.

The exhibition will give visitors the chance to get up close to the moving, hissing, growling and even water-spraying creatures alongside the zoo's 400 animal species.

As preparations get under way for the exhibition, Bryan Carroll, director of Bristol Zoo, said they are always looking for new and exciting ways to entertain, inspire and educate the zoo's visitors.

"It's fantastic that the dinosaurs are finally here, it is amazing to see them close up in all their glory, they are quite a spectacle," he said.

"We are sure that DinoZoo will be a fantastically popular new attraction that will take our guests on a journey that started over 200 million years ago.

"As well as being fantastic fun, this exhibition also presents a great opportunity to tell our guests about the very real extinction threat facing many species in the Zoo and around the world."

The exhibition opens on May 25 and will run until September 2.

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