Invasion of moving mega-beasts set to strike Blackpool!
Blackpool Zoo is preparing to welcome six new, petrifying, prehistoric, animatronic creatures to its Dinosaur Safari!
The moving giants will come crashing into the resort over the summer and work is currently underway to spruce up their new home ahead of their arrival.
Each of the six new additions is a life size model of some of the most extraordinary animals ever to roam the earth, with the largest standing at a humongous 30ft tall!
Two of the four lived during the Jurassic period, a whopping 200million years ago. The carnivorous Dilophosaurus was thought to have feathers and was one of the largest early dinosaurs.
A baby Stegosaurus will also be making its way from the late Jurassic period. It wasn’t considered one of the most intelligent dinosaurs as its brain was the size of a walnut!
The remaining four arrivals hail from the Cretaceous period, which is when Africa detached from South America and a seaway between the North and South Atlantic oceans opened up.
Standing at 30ft tall the Parasaurolophus has a huge cranial crest that was used as a snorkel when swimming. Despite its size, bigger carnivores threatened this 4.5 tonne herbivore.
The Deinonychus was another bird like creature but its ferocious nature and nimble tree climbing abilities meant only larger predators were a threat to this meat eater.
Known as the Einstein of the dinosaurs, the Troodon is also making its way to Blackpool. Its unusually large brain was out of proportion to its light frame. This species had very few threats due to its weight, agility and intelligence.
Completing the ‘j’awesome line up is the Carnotaurus, which means ‘meat eating bull’. It was the only recorded carnivore with horns and its long back legs meant it could run very fast.
Each of the incredibly life-like models will have its own set of sounds and actions, bringing the zoo’s ever-popular Dinosaur Safari to life.
Della Belk, Marketing Manager at Blackpool Zoo, said: “Our Dinosaur Safari, with realistic models of some of the best known pre-historic monsters, still remains an extremely popular part of any day out here at Blackpool Zoo.
“The area has undergone a huge transformation in recent months, with work continuing throughout to ensure we’re ready for the new additions.
The main section of Dinosaur Safari will be closed from June 20th until our new arrivals are installed and settled in, which we hope to be by mid-July.
“We can’t wait to see them in pride of place and look forward to hearing what our visitors think!”
The dinosaurs have been loaded into their travelling crates and are currently mid-way across the Atlantic Ocean.