Latest news:

Open-air screenings of Jurassic Park at Bristol Zoo Gardens - 07/08/12

Tickets are still available for an open-air screening of the iconic film, Jurassic Park, in the grounds of Bristol Zoo Gardens next week – among the Zoo’s new prehistoric residents.

Bristol Zoo is the perfect setting for the evening showing of this American adventure thriller film as it is currently hosting DinoZoo; an exhibition of 12 large moving, roaring and water-spraying dinosaurs.

Of the 12 impressive dinosaurs now at Bristol Zoo, a giant tyrannosaurus rex, allosaurus, ornithomimus and the long-necked brachiosaurus will be fully operational throughout the duration of the film.

Two screenings of Jurassic Park, which has a PG certificate, will be held on Saturday, August 18, at 5.30pm and 8.30pm. All money raised from tickets sales for the event will used tosupport Bristol Zoo’s charitable objectives.

Chris Page, head of guest services at Bristol Zoo, said: “Our open-air film night offers a totally unique viewing experience in which guests will be emerged in the Jurassic world of Bristol Zoo, surrounded by our lifelike dinosaurs.”

The film’s storyline centers on the fictional Isla Nublar near Costa Rica in the Central American Pacific Coast, where a billionaire philanthropist and a small team of genetic scientists have created an amusement park of cloned dinosaurs.

Bristol Zoo’s outdoor cinema night takes place on Saturday, August 18. For tickets and information, visit www.bristolzoo.org.uk/whats-on. Tickets cost £8 for adults and £5 for children and concessions. Discounts apply for Zoo members.

Tickets are selling fast and the Zoo is encouraging early booking to avoid disappointment. Doors open at 5pm for the 5.30pm showing and at 8pm for the 8.30pm showing. Tickets are only valid for zoo entry 30 minutes before each film starts. Guests are encouraged to take rugs and fold-up chairs, and traditional cinema refreshments and snacks will be available.

Bristol Zoo Gardens is a conservation and education charity and relies on the support of its guests to fund its animal conservation work in the zoo and with endangered species around the world, which help save wildlife from going the same way as the dinosaurs - extinct.

DinoZoo will be open every day at Bristol Zoo until Sunday September 2, 2012. To find out more, visit www.bristolzoo.org.uk/dinozooor phone 0117 974 7300.

ENDS

 Notes to editors

Bristol Zoo Gardens

  • Bristol Zoo is open from 9am every day except Christmas Day. 
  • Bristol Zoo Gardens is a conservation and education charity and relies on income from visitors and supporters to continue its important work. 
  • Itemploys over 150 full and part-time staff to care for the animals and run a successful visitor attraction to support its conservation and education work. 
  • Bristol Zoo supports – through finance and skill sharing - 15 projects in the UK and abroad that conserveand protectsome of the world’s most endangered species.
  • In 2011 Bristol Zoo celebrated its 175th birthday. Over that past 175 years, the Zoo has brought six generations of Bristolians closer to wildlife, helped save over 175 species from extinction, established over 30 field conservation and research programmes all over the world, showed 40 millionschool-aged children the wonder of nature and given more than 90 million visitors a wonderful day out.
  • In 2010 Bristol Zoo Gardens set up a Conservation Fund to raise vital funds to help care for threatened animals and plants – both in the Zoo and through the conservation work we do in the UK and around the world.
  • Bristol Zoo Gardens is a member of the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums. BIAZA represents more than 90 member collections and promotes the values of good zoos and aquariums.