23/08/2017

Time is running out to catch dinosaurs at Bristol Zoo Gardens

The dinosaur exhibition which has attracted tens of thousands of people since it opened three months ago closes in less than two weeks.

The 11 life-like animatronic creations will be roaring for the last time at the Zoo on September 3.

Their amazing Dinomania exhibition has been at the Zoo all through the school holidays taking visitors on a journey that began 65 million years ago.

They include a Giganotosaurus one of the largest dinosaurs that ever lived which dominates the Zoo’s lawn in front of its glorious herbaceous border.

And the ferocious feathery Utahraptor near the butterfly forest as well as the universally popular T-Rex lurking in the shadow of the old monkey temple.

The dinosaurs roar and move their limbs and two of them spray water at unsuspecting passers-by.

In addition to the dinosaurs, there is a ‘Dino Hub’ at the Zoo where children can take part in a fossil dig, meet dinosaur experts from The Bristol Dinosaur Project and get involved in a number of interactive dino-themed activities.

Owain Cassidy, head of marketing and development at Bristol Zoo, said: “Dinomania has been amazingly popular not only with children but with people of all ages.

“Everyone has kept telling us how realistic our dinosaurs appear. They have especially loved the water spitting dilophosaurus which has had children squealing and shouting all summer.

“Dinomania has helped our visitors see how dinosaurs fit into the story of evolution and how even the biggest animals can become extinct.

“This has provided an important link to the work we are doing across the world to preserve animals which are under threat.”

Entry to Dinomania is included with normal Zoo admission and for the whole of August kids-go-free at Bristol Zoo so only the grown-ups have to pay to enter.

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