“Dinosaurs! at the Houston Zoo presented by Orkin”

Dinosaur. Few other words conjure up images of of such strength and power. Thousands of years ago, the huge monsters didn’t just walk the Earth, they ruled it. Now, they’re making a repeat appearance in the Museum District at “Dinosaurs! at the Houston Zoo presented by Orkin.” This is the second such show at the zoo. This time, there are 19 beasts representing 15 species, including many that roamed the Gulf Coast in prehistoric times. (We say beasts, but to be more accurate, they’re animatronic replicas. They move, growl and spit water thanks to sophisticated robotics inside the bodies.)

If you’re looking for giants, there’s the massive sauropod Brachiosaurus, possibly a close cousin to our own state dinosaur, the Paluxysaurus. At 85 feet long, the Brachiosaurus was among the largest animals to ever live, and perhaps the tallest, as it held its long neck vertically. Jurassic Park fans might lament the exclusion of the modern favorite, the Velociraptor, but the fear factor is covered by an exhibit of the similar, and larger, Deinonychus killing a young Triceratops. 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily. Through September 3. 6200 Hermann Park Drive. For information, call 713-533-6500 or visit www.houstonzoo.org.
May 4-Sept. 3, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m., 2012

 
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