Get up close to life-like di­nosaurs

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

PERTH Zoo is al­ready home to crea­tures big and small, but at 18 me­tres long and nine me­tres high some of the new­est res­i­dents are big­ger than ever.

A gi­ant Tyran­nosaurus and tow­er­ing Apatosaurus are among 19 life-sized, life-like di­nosaurs wel­comed to the zoo as part of the new ex­hi­bi­tion Zooras­sic Park.

One Tyran­nosaurus Rex and an Apatosaurus, af­fec­tion­ately known as Patty, ar­rived at the zoo last week with di­nosaur keeper Jen­nifer Al­lan.

“Any an­i­mal trans­fer is a big event in the zoo com­mu­nity, but when you’re mov­ing life-sized di­nosaurs it’s lit­er­ally an enor­mous feat,” Ms Al­lan said.

“The di­nos travel as com­plete spec­i­mens, ex­cept for the largest T-Rex, the Ar­genti­nosaurus and the Spinosaurus which, due to their size, will ar­rive later in the week in var­i­ous parts ready for as­sem­bly.

“The largest dino on dis­play will be a whop­ping 18m long and nine me­tres tall.”

An­i­ma­tron­ics En­gi­neer­ing based in Fre­man­tle spent months de­sign­ing the crea­tures be­fore they were man­u­fac­tured at a fa­cil­ity near Chengdu in China.

“It’s very ex­cit­ing for the Perth com­mu­nity to have the op­por- tu­nity to be among the first in the coun­try to check out th­ese new awe­some di­nosaurs,” Ms Al­lan said.

“Just see­ing the di­nosaurs be­ing moved through the zoo ground with the as­sis­tance of cranes, fork­lifts and trol­leys is un­usual.”

Zooras­sic Park at Perth Zoo will open on March 12 and the ex- hi­bit is in­cluded in a stan­dard en­try ticket.

“Ev­ery­one loves di­nosaurs and they share many char­ac­ter­is­tics with to­day’s amaz­ing an­i­mals, but ex­tinc­tion doesn’t have to be one of them,” Ms Al­lan said.

“To un­der­stand their story is to un­der­stand the need to pro­tect to­day’s species from the same fate.”

Di­nosaur keeper Jen Al­lan with an Apatosaurus, one of the life-like di­nosaurs to be on dis­play at Perth Zoo from March 12.

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