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Dinosaurs comes to life, welcome new exhibit
Apr 20, 2012 - 1:55:59 PM

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    Once again the staff at Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland have been busy planning for an exciting summer season, where they will re-introduce a large scale animatronic dinosaur exhibit. Beginning on Sat., April 28, an outdoor area of Reptiland will be transformed into a Jurassic-era habitat. This spot will be the home of eight life-size dinosaurs being displayed through Labor Day. These dinosaurs roar and menace about just as they are thought to have done millions of years ago. Included in the line-up are: Tyrannosaurus rex, Brachiosaurus, Euoplocephalus, Dilo-phosaurus, Chasmosaurus, a Stegosaurus baby, an Amargasaurus baby, and a nest of Parasaurolophus hatchlings.
    The dinosaurs represent eight different species which lived during the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. The largest of the models is the Tyrannosaurus rex, standing at nearly 20 feet tall and 43 feet long from head to tail. Each dinosaur is built upon a steel frame, covered with a foam rubber skin, and are then intricately painted. Through animatronic technology, the dinosaurs are stunningly realistic creatures that move, snarl and even spit in swift, fluid motions. State of the art electronics and air pistons power the dinosaurs’ movements in order to show razor sharp claws and gnashing teeth.
    Entry to the exhibit will be included with zoo admission and can be viewed at any time during regular zoo hours. Butterflies will reopen at Reptiland on April 28 as well and can be viewed through the end of October. Also on exhibit are over forty different species of reptiles and amphibians. Live shows are presented throughout the day and give visitors a chance to touch harmless specimen while they speak with staff biologists.
    Also at Reptiland, opening fall of 2012 a new Komodo dragon exhibit will be unveiled. For more information go to www.reptiland.com or call 538-1869.

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