An aspiring palaeontologist, 11-year-old Zac O’Farrell has a fascination for dinosaurs, and this shows in the wealth of knowledge he has about them. He recently spoke to the Zoo’s 50 volunteer guides for the Dinosaurs in the Wild exhibit, in which he was described by Zoo staff as human dinosaur encyclopedia. In this blog, he talks about what he thinks of Taronga Zoo’s Dinosaurs in the Wild exhibit.
After having the opportunity to chat to the volunteer palaeontologists, I was looking forward to spending a day at the zoo seeing the new Dinosaurs in the Wild exhibition.
I really liked the way that the Brachiosaurus was on display at the front of the zoo - this set the scene for an exciting trip through Taronga. It was good to have the dinosaurs spread through the whole east of the zoo as it meant there was always another dinosaur to be surprised by, especially the one that spits. The children really enjoyed that one!
The dinosaurs were well labelled and that gave people an opportunity to learn about other dinosaurs rather than just the normal ones like T-Rex. Having an area to dig for the dinosaur was very exciting for children to ‘find the dinosaur parts’. I liked the way the zoo had an adult and juvenile T-Rex and Triceratops, this made it a bit more realistic. Having a remote controlled Dimetrodon was great fun too!
The most important thing to remember about this exhibition is that the zoo was giving a message to the public that some of the animals in the zoo could be headed for extinction like the dinosaurs but not through a meteorite but through the behaviour of humans. This was a good message to send!