BROWNSVILLE, TX-SATURDAY, MARCH 15, 2014 – Dinosaurs may have roamed the Earth millions of years ago, but now they have made their way back to the Gladys Porter Zoo! It has been six years since dinosaurs visited the Zoo, and we are excited that these captivating creatures are have returned. The Zoo is excited to open Dinosaur Safari today, March 15nd to Sunday, July 6th.
The Zoo makes an effort to reintroduce our visitors to dinosaurs every few years. Plus, witnessing these large creatures, some of which are twice as tall as a grown man and can devour one in a single bite, is a breathtaking experience.
Since visitor experience is everything, each time dinosaurs return to the Zoo, the staff selects new species along with visitor favorites like the T-Rex. “We want to expose them to different species of dinosaurs,” states Dr. Patrick Burchfield, Executive Director of the Zoo.
Visitors are going to be able to see dinosaurs from different eras, like the Jurassic and Late Crustaceous, from predators, such as the T-Rex, to others that were preyed upon. For example, the Dilophosaurus is just one of the many species that can be viewed. The Amargasaurus and Carnotaurus, among others, are species that the Zoo will exhibit as well. For more about the other dinosaurs that will be on display . . . well, you need to come see them.
Though not real, the dinosaurs coming to Gladys Porter Zoo remarkably resemble a living dinosaur in its actual form. Thanks to Billing Productions, a world leader in the design and development of animatronics for zoos, museums, and theme parks, they appear to be alive, moving, and vocalizing. Animatronics is a modern technique by which robots covered with faux skin look and act like the real thing. They are often used in movies, such as Jurassic Park. How cool is that?
Zoo staff has done a remarkable job of replicating the dinosaurs’ habitats, based on what paleontologists theorize what they looked like. Visitors can view lush, green foliage throughout the exhibit. As visitors walk through, it will be as if they have walked back in time. They will be able to see a dinosaur that glided in the air to several terrestrial dinosaurs. Not only will they be able to use their sense of sight, but their sense of hearing will be stimulated as well. They will be able to hear dinosaurs vocalize a number of different sounds, such as roaring and screeching, that will certainly make the hair of any visitor rise.
Children and adults, who want to let their inner child come out, can pretend to be a paleontologist. Visitors can dig for fossils at the digging station located right before they exit. A rubbing station is also available for our visitors to use.
Dinosaurs have fascinated humans of any age for many years. They ignite our imaginations, making us wonder and ask many questions, such as what they looked like, how they behaved, why they went extinct and many more questions. So if you are interested and would like some questions answered, stop by the Gladys Porter Zoo and visit this amazing creatures.
The exhibit will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends. An additional cost of $3 will be charged at the gate or the entrance of the exhibit, which is located in the Special Events building.
Not only will these extinct creatures be displayed for recreation, but for educational purposes as well. According to Sergio Garcia, the Zoo’s Curator of Education, Zoo classes and camps will be available throughout the exhibit’s duration, providing children of all ages the opportunity to learn about dinosaurs.