Dinosaurs Alive exhibit at Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winnipeg, Manitoba
Note: This exhibit ran at Winnipeg’s Assiniboine Park Zoo in 2016 and 2017, but is no longer showing.
When you visit a zoo, you expect to see species of animals that exist in the world today. You may see exotic animals from places far away or endangered species, but certainly not extinct species. Unless you visit the Dinosaurs Alive exhibit at Winnipeg’s Assiniboine Park Zoo. Granted, the life-sized animatronic dinosaurs aren’t living, breathing animals, but they move and roar and give visitors a sense of how they may have looked and moved millions of years ago.
Dinosaurs Alive first came to Assiniboine Park Zoo in the summer of 2016, which was when I visited. The exhibit returns for the summer of 2017. The exhibit is set in a wooded area with information about the dinosaurs displayed on signs along the path through the trees.
The Age of the Dinosaurs lasted 180 million years. The Earth changed radically during that period. The stroll through Dinosaurs Alive takes you to different time periods and different parts of the world.
Yangchuanosaurus, shown in the photograph at the top of this post, was a powerful meat eater with a large skull and sharp, serrated teeth. It was the top predator of late Jurassic China.
An unexpected roar from a dinosaur down the path may make you jump. Make Me Move signs along the path encourage visitors to make the robot dinosaurs move and make sounds. You can get a sense for the movements by watching the short video below.
There were times the exhibit felt more like an amusement park than a zoo, but the natural wooded setting did help evoke a sense of what it might have been like to encounter one of the creatures in a prehistoric age, had humans existed at the time. The children I saw appeared to enjoy the exhibit, although it might be a bit scary for very young children.
Dinosaurs Alive runs until October 9, 2017. Admission is included with regular Zoo admission. A new dinosaur, Tylosaurus pembinenis, has been added to this year’s exhibit, bringing the total of dinosaurs to 16. Tylosaurus pembinensis was a ferocious beast that ruled the waters which covered Manitoba during the Cretaceous period.
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