Dinosaurs invade zoo
Five tractor-trailers full of animatronic dinosaurs arrived recently from Texas-based Billings Productions to be installed at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo for a summer-long exhibit beginning May 25.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. » Five tractor-trailers full of animatronic dinosaurs arrived recently from Texas-based Billings Productions to be installed at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo for a summerlong exhibit beginning May 25.
A total of 13 dinosaurs are being stationed around the zoo with help from exhibit sponsor C&S Companies. The public will be able to see some dinosaurs being moved and readied for exhibit over the next 10 days.
The first dinosaurs offloaded Monday included Tyrannosaurus Rex, the armored dinosaur Edmontonia and an interactive T. Rex robot that guests will be able to operate via a control panel.
The huge, lifelike dinosaurs are equipped with sounds and movement, but will remain stationary until Friday, May 25, when the Friends of Zoo officially opens Dinosaur Invasion! 101 Days of Dinosaurs through Labor Day, Sept. 3.
“We have been excitedly working for several months to bring dinosaurs to the zoo,” said Friends of the Zoo President Janet Agostini. “Now that they’re here, we are even more eager to see the impact theywill have on our guests and to reinforce our conservation message about saving animals from extinction.”
Friends of the Zoo will open the exhibit on May 25, when the dinosaurs will “come alive and be fully operational,” Agostini said.
Dinosaur Invasion! offers several opportunities to talk about zoo animals that share characteristics with dinosaurs, the link between dinosaurs and birds, and the zoo’s active role in saving today’s endangered species fromextinction, she said.
Several events are in the works to make the most of the prehistoric presence at the zoo. They include this year’s Brew at the Zoo, the Friends’ biggest annual fun- draiser, on Friday, Aug. 3, dubbed “Brew at the Zoo & Dinos Too” for 2018.
The zoo will offer other special events such as Donuts with Dinos for an added fee, but the summerlong display itself is free for zoo members or with zoo admission during zoo hours. A special pass also will be available for sale for guests who would like to participate in dino activities at a Paleo Tent in the zoo courtyard.
For more information including updates on zoo events, visit www.syracusezooevents.org or follow the zoo on facebook.com/syracusezoo.
Animatronic dinosaurs arrive at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo on Monday, May 14, 2018. The zoo will be home to 13lifesized animatronic dinosaurs from May 25through Sept. 3 as part of its Dinosaur Invasion! 101Days of Dinosaurs at the zoo.