Oklahoma City Zoo exhibit revives dinosaurs

BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL Published: March 14, 2009

photo - A yangchuanosaurus model is one of the dinosaurs on display at a new exhibit at Oklahoma City Zoo.
A yangchuanosaurus model is one of the dinosaurs on display at a new exhibit at Oklahoma City Zoo.
Visitors to Oklahoma City Zoo are used to seeing exotic and interesting animals, but a new exhibit will feature animals most people don’t expect to see at the zoo: dinosaurs.

"Dinosaurs Unearthed,” a special traveling exhibit of animatronic dinosaurs, opened Friday and runs through June 30.

The life-size dinosaurs move and make sounds, zoo spokeswoman Tara Henson said. The exhibit includes other features, such as dinosaur skeletons and fossils.

Aside from teaching, the exhibit also sends a message about conservation, Henson said. Officials hope visitors realize how fragile ecosystems are.

"Dinosaurs are extinct,” Henson said, "and if we as humans are not careful, many endangered animals could be extinct, too.”

Dr Pepper is sponsoring the $200,000 cost of bringing the traveling exhibit to Oklahoma City, Henson said.

The exhibit is just south of Great EscApe in the zoo.



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If you go

Times: 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. daily.

Admission: Free with zoo admission. Information: For more information, call 425-0262.

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