Dino-bots are here
The world renowned Dinosaur Encounter is making its exclusive New Zealand debut at Te Manawa. To see more about the exhibition, which opens on September 24,
Dinosaurs and robotics have combined to create an irresistible attraction in Palmerston North.
Te Manawa’s Dinosaur Encounter exhibition from London’s Natural History Museum, will give everybody the opportunity to ‘‘walk the dinosaur’’ from September 24.
Featuring nine animatronic dinosaur models, the exhibition is making its southern hemisphere landfall in Manawatu.
It has been put together by designers working closely with scientists, taking advantage of the latest research as well as providing unprecedented realism.
Co-ordinator, Te Manawa’s Kristelle Plimmer said Dinosaur Encounter was the museum’s biggest display yet. The direct delivery of the Jurassic giants on Sunday required the Pitt St car park to become a temporary transitional facility so MFAT could inspect the containers ‘‘to make sure the dinos are not bringing in any unwanted bugs’’.
Last year’s touring Dinosaur Footprints - A Story of Discovery exhibition at the museum was so popular they wanted another dinosaur exhibition.
Plimmer said it was ’’something that would challenge, entertain and educate our audience and our staff’’.
‘‘Dinosaur Encounter fitted Te Manawa’s community parameters, we could afford it and it’s something we thought would be cool for Palmerston North.’’
Dinosaur Encounter stars two T-rex, one three-quarter size that is 6m long and stands over 4m high, and a smaller three-fifths size beast, along with a half-size triceratops.
‘‘It will spark conversations and interest in fossils, pre-history, science, geology, technology and robotics,’’ Plimmer said.
The fascination with dinosaurs has never been higher.
‘‘We’ve had kids ringing in to volunteer - there’s been huge interest from volunteers and from sponsors.’’
The exhibition has oviraptors, a four-limbed speedy bird-like ornithomimus, and a crocodile- -like baryonyx.
Reproductions of skeletons, skulls and fossils along with floor talks would add to the experience.
There would also be primary and secondary school robotics workshops during the October school holidays.
An animatronic T-rex head looks forward to joining its body after a long flight from London.
Sean Whyte helps unload part of a T Rex at Te Manawa.