Jacksonville, Tampa zoos in dinosaur exhibits

3:35 PM, Mar 2, 2013   |    comments
Still wrapped in plastic from its transport, an animatronic ankylosaur is brought into Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo as part of a new dinosaur exhibit.
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - It's like "Jurassic Park" - without the death and dismemberment.

The DinoTrek exhibit opens this weekend at Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens and will continue through June 30. In Tampa, DinoQuest2 is opening at Lowry Park Zoo, set to run through May 28. The exhibits will each feature more than 20 giant, animatronic dinosaurs.

A foggy path in DinoTrek leads to a moat and crosses over a floating dock to a wooded area. There the mechanized dinosaurs will move and roar. Children can also dig for fossils nearby.

DinoQuest2 is actually the return of an exhibit from two years ago, but officials say half the dinosaurs this time are new.

For more information, go to www.dinotrekjaxzoo.org and www.lowryparkzoo.com/dinoquest.


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