Life-like dinosaurs here
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.
Animatronics Engineering based in Fremantle spent months designing the creatures before they were manufactured at a facility near Chengdu, China.
“It’s very exciting for the Perth community to have the opportunity 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.
“I’m sure our animals don’t even realise their distant relatives are moving in.”
Zoorassic Park at Perth Zoo will open on March 12 and the exhibit 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 Perth Zoo’s new life-like dinosaur attractions.