The Sunday Times - - News - JOSH ZIM­MER­MAN

A TICKET to Perth Zoo dou­bles as an en­try pass to Zooras­sic Park for the rest of the year as a col­lec­tion of life-sized dinosaurs take up res­i­dence on the South Perth penin­sula.

Four-year-old Fran­cie Forster could hardly con­tain her ex­cite­ment yes­ter­day when dad Dar­ren told them they were off to visit the pre­his­toric mon­sters.

“She and her older brother Har­lem were so ex­cited they started chant­ing ‘zoo, zoo, zoo’ as we crossed the river,” he said.

The an­i­ma­tronic ex­hi­bi­tion is head­lined by an 18m-long Ar­genti­nosaurus, the big­gest di­nosaur ever dis­played in the south­ern hemi­sphere. Zooras­sic Park re­turns two years af­ter help­ing to set zoo at­ten­dance records in 2016 and fea­tures a ro­tat­ing cast of mov­ing, roar­ing dinosaurs.

En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Stephen Daw­son said the ex­hi­bi­tion car­ried an im­por­tant mes­sage about species ex­tinc­tion.

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

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

Ac­cess to Zooras­sic Park is in­cluded in the usual en­try price to Perth Zoo. The ex­hi­bi­tion runs un­til Jan­uary 20.

Pic­ture: Justin Ben­son-Cooper

Roar­ing suc­cess: Di­nosaur keeper Suzie Dolan with Han­nah Hold­ing, Neve Geatches and Fran­cie Forster.

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