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Dinosaurs to appear in Merida

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In the Parque de la Paz, next to the Zoo El Centenario, there will be an expo with animatronic dinosaurs….

MERIDA — From September 12 to October 12 the public will have the opportunity to attend the exhibition “Dinosaurios Animatronic”, a didactic and entertaining project from the Merida City Council to promote family fun, in the Parque de la Paz, in front of the Zoo El Centenario.

Mayor Mauricio Vila Dosal stressed that this initiative also seeks to encourage in children and students the interest in science and the study of these reptiles, as well as offer families a quality show that has visited the main capitals of the Mexican Republic.

The exhibition features 24 robotic dinosaurs, made to scale, with movements and sounds that transport the visitor to the times when these great reptiles reigned in the world, according to a statement.

(Photo: Diario de Yucatán)

Most of the dinosaurs are 3 meters long by 10 meters wide, but among the largest are the Tyrannosaurus Rex of 13 by 6 meters and the Parasaurolophus of 6 high by 27 in length.

The great reptiles are distributed in eight rooms and for each species an environment was recreated, with plants and effects similar to their natural habitat, besides having the support of trained guides, who will provide information on physical characteristics, feeding, reproduction and hunting. The tour lasts 50 minutes.

In a little over 2,000 square meters, attendees will be able to see other species such as Parasaurolophus, a huge reptile with scales, Stegosaurus, Styracosaurus, Ankilosaurio, Amargasaurus, Iguanodon and a long-necked baby dinosaur, a “specimen” which can be petted.

The exhibit also includes the Velociraptor, which has been described in films and television series as one of the most fearsome of the Jurassic era.

Other species and dinosaurs that will be in the exhibition are the great and impressive Stygimoloch (devil prickly); Spinosaurus (spiny reptile), Terodactyl, Dilophosaurus (two-crested lizard), Carnotauro (carnivorous bull), Branquiosarus, Ornitolestes, Triceratops, in addition to the Triceraptor Skeleton; the Ichthyosaurus Dolphin, the Liopleudoron Shark, the Sabertooth Tiger (Smilodon), the Shaggy Rhinoceros and a mammoth, among others.

The exhibition will feature a museum area where 30 replicas of fossils are on display, as well as a sandbox (recreation of a real excavation) where children can practice paleontology in search of more fossils.

There are two representative excavations in the world of paleontology: the first discovery of dinosaur fossil eggs, by Roy Chapman in 1921, and the excavation where two dinosaurs were found to have died in full fighting.

“Animatronic Dinosaurs” has been seen by almost 700,000 people in Hermosillo, Veracruz, Mexico City, Mazatlan, Querétaro, Guadalajara, Monterrey, Leon, Culiacan and San Luis Potosí, among others.

There will also be a fossil laboratory, where the little ones will receive a piece of gypsum-shaped dinosaur to paint with watercolors. The kids will also be provided with tables to color and draw on a blank sheet.

Meanwhile there will be a cinema presentation of the short film “Dinosaurs” in 3D, which families will enjoy with special lenses.

Another of the attractions will be the incubator, where the children will enjoy an interactive dinosaur with movement, sound and tactile experiences.

At the end of the tour, attendees can refresh themselves in the cafeteria, acquire a souvenir of the exhibition in the gift shop or continue to enjoy other relaxations in the park.

Parque de la Paz, located on Avenida Itzaes in front the Zoo El Centenerario (Photo: Google)

The exhibition will be available from September 12 to October 12, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The headquarters is the esplanade of the Parque de la Paz (in front of the Zoo El Centenario). The entrance is free and is a show suitable for the whole family, sponsored by the Merida City Council.

School trips will also be offered from 10 am to 1 pm. The schools interested in the trips can dial the 924 4000 of Ayuntatel.

The site will have a parking area next to the Parque de la Paz.

For more information you can consult the website www.merida.gob.mx

Source: yucatan.com.mx/merida

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