Dinosaurs arrive at Bristol Zoo

May 30 2017

Eleven life-size animatronic dinosaurs transported in three articulated lorries arrived at Bristol Zoo early in May. They were brought from Houston in Texas in huge shipping containers.

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Eleven life-size animatronic dinosaurs transported in three articulated lorries arrived at Bristol Zoo early in May. They were brought from Houston in Texas in huge shipping containers.

The first dinosaur to emerge was the Utahraptor - it would tear at its prey with giant claws.

Bristol Zoo’s director of commercial operations, Wendy Walton, said: “These dinosaurs will be brought to life using mechanical wizardry and specialist animatronics.

“This exhibition is great fun but it also gives us a great opportunity to tell our guests about the very real extinction threat facing many species represented in the Zoo and around the world and the work we are doing to help protect them.”

As the sun came up over Bristol dinosaurs including a Giganotosaurus, half-size Tyrannosaurus Rex and a Dilophosaurus were unloaded.

A team of 10 people were at the Zoo from 5am ready for the dinosaurs’ arrival. Technical experts from the company which built them also travelled to Bristol from America.

The life-like pre-historic creatures which will hiss, roar and spray water will be installed at the zoo ready for the official unveiling of Dinomania on May 27.

The dinosaurs, which roamed the Earth 85 million years ago, will be on show for 14 weeks until Sunday September 3.

This remarkable exhibition will even offer budding young palaeontologists the chance to embark on their own mini fossil dig and find out about Bristol’s own dinosaur – Thecodontosaurus discovered in a quarry in 1834.