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Digging for Dinos at the Columbus Zoo

Media Alert: Tuesday, April 23, 2013


April 23, 2013

Jennifer Wilson                                                      
Director of Communications

WHAT:            Dinosaur Island dinosaurs arrive at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
WHO:            Media only
WHEN:           Monday, April 29, 2013. Unloading will begin at 8 a.m. with the largest being unloaded around 9:30 a.m.
WHERE:       Media should arrive at the Zoo Business Office to be escorted on grounds.
WHY:    Twenty-five animatronic dinosaurs will be on display in the Australia and the Islands region of the Columbus Zoo beginning Memorial Day weekend. Billings Productions of Allen, TX will be delivering these dinosaurs, equipped with electronic “brains” that activate and control movements and sounds through a pneumatic system, on April 29. These animals, made of steel with a urethane waterproof skin, have eyes that blink, tails that move and mouths that make loud noises.
Some of the dinosaurs will be visible to all Zoo visitors who visit this region, while most will require a special admission ticket that will cost $3 for general admission, $2 for Zoo members and will be included in the price of a ride wristband. When inside the Dinosaur Island experience, visitors will be able to get close to the dinosaurs, dig in an archaeological pit, take a boat ride and visit a gift shop. Photos with dinosaurs also will be available.
Dinosaurs became extinct at the end of the Cretaceous period and the cause remains a mystery. Scientists from the Extinction Research Center are conducting research in the hopes of saving wildlife today. As part of this scientific endeavor, dinosaur eggs were discovered and were being transported in a frozen state via ship to the Center for DNA studies. Enroute, power was lost, a shipwreck occurred and the frozen embryos went overboard near a chain of islands in Indonesia. Many thawed, hatched, climbed onto the banks and are now free! Join Jungle Jack Hanna and the scientists on this hunt of discovery to find, identify and document the whereabouts of the dinosaurs on the loose at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium!
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The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is home to more than 10,000 animals representing over 575 species from around the globe. The Zoo complex is a recreational and education destination that includes the 22-acre Zoombezi Bay water park and 18-hole Safari Golf Club. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium also operates the Wilds, a 10,000-acre conservation center and safari park located in southeastern Ohio. The Zoo is a regional attraction with global impact; contributing more than $1 million annually to support over 70 conservation projects worldwide. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Columbus Zoo has earned Charity Navigator’s prestigious 4-star rating.