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Dinosaurs are back

Extinct for 65 million years, dinosaurs will once again roam the earth, or at least Taronga Zoo!

After a successful first exhibit in 2012/2013, the dinosaurs are returning to Taronga Zoo for the summer. Familiar faces like Tyrannosaurus and Muttaburrasaurus will be joined by newcomers, like the spikey Styracosaurus or the feathered Citipati, to raise awareness of some of our most threatened species.

The dinosaurs died out 65 million years ago when catastrophic environmental changes outpaced their ability to adapt. Today, human activities are threatening the survival of many animal species. Taronga Zoo’s dinosaurs will act as ambassadors for animals that are having a hard time surviving in the wild, such as the graceful Cheetah and the pugnacious Saltwater Crocodile, and will raise awareness of how we can take responsibility for their survival into the future.

By Nick Anning, Paleontologist. 

 

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