THE DINOZOO EXPERIENCE in exhances reality
The exhibit will present for a second year, 21 species that evolved between the Early Jurassic years (from 201 to 145 million years ago) and the Upper Cretaceous period (145 to 65 million years ago). If you missed them last year, no worries, they’re back again! For this second season, Zoo de Granby is offering 3 new virtual and challenging experiences. Keep an eye out as we unveil these great new activities very soon.
During your upcoming visit, you will admire the following specimens:
Its name means rapid thief. Pictured as a sly and cunning dinosaur of average size in the film series “Jurassic Park,” the velociraptor didn’t weigh more than 20 kg. and measured no more than a meter in height! A recent study estimated its fastest speed at almost 60 km/h, which made it one of the fastest dinosaurs.
Its name means king of tyrant lizards. This carnivorous biped had a massive skull balanced by a long and powerful tail. The biggest complete specimen discovered to date is 12.8 metres long and is 4 metres tall. This great dinosaur might not have been a good runner over long distances, but some researchers think it could reach speeds of about 40 km/h!
The word triceratops means (three-horned face). We can distinguish this dinosaur from other species because of its large bony frill and armoured rhino-like appearance! For the longest time considered as a defensive weapon, the frill is now rather seen as a way for them to recognize each other (a kind of ID card!) and also, as a way to seduce others during the mating season.
A BIT OF HISTORY…
The term dinosaur comes from the ancient Greek words “deinόs” (which means “terrible”) and saûros (which means “Lizard”). They appeared towards the end of the Carnian period (about 230 million years ago) and became almost completely extinct by the end of the Cretaceous period (66 million years ago). Dinosaurs are among the most famous animals of the world … and yet, the least well-known! What we know comes from studying fossils, the hard part of their bodies, buried and kept locked inside rock formations for millions of years. Sadly, these fossils don’t give us any clues concerning their skin colour or scales; the colour patterns presented only make us hypothesize what they might have looked like. However, still today, fossil studies offer their load of surprises: Did you know that almost 20 different species, among them the renowned velociraptor, were covered with primitive feathers?
Why dinosaurs became extinct has been debated between paleontologists over the years, but it is generally agreed that their disappearance was caused by a giant meteor or several meteors crashes and/or intense volcanic eruptions which had a profound impact on the earth’s climate and living conditions. After these events, other species, better adapted to such new conditions, for example groups of mammals and birds, rapidly multiplied. To this day, it is estimated that a less than 700 species have been counted, but we also believe that 70% of dinosaur species have yet to be discovered!
To know more about these specimens and all the others presented this summer at Zoo de Granby, don’t miss the DINOZOO exhibit, starting next May 19!