Di­nosaurs in­vade zoo

The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - Local News -

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.

PHOTO FROM WWW.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.

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