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Dinosauria 2009 at the Detroit Zoo

Have a young one at home, or perhaps a niece or nephew visiting, or maybe you are just a Dinosaur Nerd from way back, well you are in luck, the Detroit Zoo is featuring DinoTrail, DinoStore and DinoSimulator

Nineteen life-like animatronic dinosaurs that roar, snarl and move have taken up residence at the Detroit Zoo for the summer to provide a thrilling experience for visitors of all ages.  Dinosauria, presented by Kroger, opened May 13 and continues through Labor Day.

We took our Dinosaurs Aficionado, and he gave it a thumbs up. Hers a short video of some of the exhibits;

Visitors enter a veritable “Zoorassic Park” as they travel back in time along a lush, winding, three-acre DinoTrail recreating prehistoric life.  Enormous primeval creatures lurk at every turn, beginning with the mighty Megalosaurus and ending with the tremendous Tyrannosaurus rex.  Visitors will encounter adult dinosaurs, youngsters and even a nest with eggs and hatchlings.

The robotic dinosaurs are built on steel frames by Billings Productions of McKinney, Texas, and covered with intricately painted foam rubber skin.  High-tech electronics and air pistons power the dinosaurs’ menacing claws and gnashing teeth while a booming sound system gives them their “voices”.

A dino dig site and fossil sifting station give kids the chance to be paleontologists as they search for clues about the lives of dinosaurs.  Kids can also walk through a dinosaur rib cage and compare their footprints with those of an Iguanodon.  Knowledgeable Zoo volunteers are stationed at education carts where visitor can examine dinosaur skulls, teeth, claws and other biofacts.

The DinoStore at the DinoTrail’s exit is stocked with tempting remembrances to help visitors take the dino experience home.

Sixty-five million years after the last dinosaur species became extinct, the prehistoric creatures still capture the imagination and wonder of adults and kids alike.  Dinosaurs were last seen at the Detroit Zoo in 2001.

“There’s a whole generation of young people who haven’t experienced anything like this.  It’s an exciting, exotic adventure for kids and families,” said Executive Director Ron Kagan.  “Whether folks come to the Zoo to see live animals or prehistoric dinosaurs, they are in for a wonderful experience.  Our hope is that everyone becomes more interested and excited about wildlife and nature.”

5 responses to "Dinosauria 2009 at the Detroit Zoo"

  1. Matt Dibble May 20, 2009 at 08:12

    I went w/ my fam and nieces and nephews on Saturday as we were at the zoo for the walk for the kidney foundation.
    The kids were burning through this part of the zoo, seriously, they ran like banshees to get to the next dinosaur. So it was definitely worth the $3 entry fee for them.
    Am I a nerd for being slightly disappointed that the dinos weren’t lifesize?

  2. John May 21, 2009 at 10:35

    We were there too on Saturday – my 3-year-old loved it. He was kind of upset about the wounded, dying Triceratops though – that’s his favorite dinosaur!

  3. Eric Brown May 22, 2009 at 10:13

    @Matt, It is a pretty cool display, and I thought it was pretty well done. The fact that the displays moved, even a little bit was cool

  4. Eric Brown May 22, 2009 at 10:16

    Hi John, Thanks for stopping by. We too thought that the wounded dinosaur was a bit barbaric, kind os surprised the animal activists weren’t all over that LOL!

  5. Matt Dibble May 23, 2009 at 18:51

    The winning side of that fight actually had a little piece of meat in his mouth… a tad grisly, definitely.