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Have You Been to the Denver Zoo Lately?

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Welcome to the newest edition of ‘Jurassic World’, where you can combine your knowledge of animals with your knowledge of dinosaurs. DINOS! Live at the Denver Zoo July 1, 2017 - October 31, 2017. This is a new, temporary exhibit that is actually spread throughout the zoo. There are 21 life-sized, animatronic dinosaurs that actually move and make sounds. They are spread out in the zoo, they aren’t located in just one spot. This is nice because it adds some variety to the day.

Next to each dinosaur there is a sign that describes the type of dinosaur and where it lived. All of the dinosaurs existed previously before they went extinct. They have a Tyrannosaurus Rex, a Utahraptor, a Parasaphalourasauras, amongst others. Each sign compares the dinosaur you are looking at today’s animals so that you can get a sense of how today’s animals relate to those of the past. The Utahraptor and the Edmontosaurus were my two favorites because they were some of my favorite dinosaurs before I came to the zoo, so I was surprised to see them in the exhibit because people don’t talk about them as often.

In addition to the new exhibit, the Denver Zoo has a new app for your mobile phone. This app has a lot of features. For example, you can look at the zoo map on it so you can find the exhibits you want to visit. It also has information about the exhibits. You can also use the app to see a list of all the animals that the zoo has. When you click on the species, it shows you how many they have of it, the genders, the ages, and some fun facts about them. There is a store on the app for purchasing tickets. The schedule feature tells you what special events and shows are taking place and when. I found the app to be pretty handy. You definitely won’t get lost if you are using it! By the way the paper map does NOT show any dinosaur locations, but the new app does, so if you want to find them easily, then use the app. If you want to be surprised, then just use the traditional paper map to walk around.

I thought the new dinosaur exhibit was pretty cool. Some of them even shoot water and include little baby dinosaurs. I think the exhibit, especially the predators part, may be a bit intimidating for really little kids because they are really big and they are loud as they make the sounds of dinosaurs. 

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