From tomorrow on, visitors to Tierpark Berlin can discover Triceratops, Brachiosaurus, Tyrannosaurus Rex and many other prehistoric “celebrities”. 20 life-sized dinosaurs are presented in the new “Dinoworld” in the park – the highlight of the exhibition is the largest model of a carnivore with a length of 13 metres: the Gigantosaurus. The exhibition was curated in cooperation with the American paleontologist Don Lessem (also known as “Dino Don”), who already acted as scientific advisor for Steven Spielberg’s “Jurassic Park”.
While some of the dinosaurs have already been presented at Leipzig Zoo, some others will be on display in Germany for the first time and have been flown in from the USA especially for this purpose. It took more than 3 weeks to build the dinosaurs – the steel frames were covered with a dinosaur skin made of foam and latex, the animal models were then transported through the zoo by cranes and attached to their specially made foundation. The extinct giants not only look deceptively real but can also move and make acoustic sounds. This can be experienced at Tierpark Berlin from April to October 2023.
“Dinosaurs are considered the best-known symbol of extinct animal species – the fascination with T-Rex and his fellow species remains unbroken to this day,” announces Zoo and Tierpark Director Dr. Andreas Knieriem. “And the topic of species extinction is highly present – more than 37,000 species are currently considered to be in imminent danger of extinction worldwide. Even today’s giants, such as the African elephant or the black rhinoceros, could – if we don’t intervene – be wiped out,” emphasizes Knieriem. (eap)