30.11.09

calgary zoo- prehistoric park amendment

a big thanks to Blackie Lagoon and Cameron D. for pointing this out to me...

turns out when i said the calgary zoo's prehistoric park was closing in february of next year i was wrong!


rather then shutting down the old place, they are upgrading it with a bunch of new dinosaurs! as you can see from this photo of a nice new sauropod being helicoptered into position (photo borrowed from here). ironic given my last post touched on the many generations the prehistoric park has gone through.

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i'd made the assumption the park was closing due to hearing the prehistoric park was losing popularity in the post jurassic park and royal tyrrell museum world (the museum is very close to calgary after all, and is world famous). they have also been talking about building a new arctic exhibit at the zoo, and so i thought this explained why the park was closing. they were going to use the space to build the new arctic centre...
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in my defense, the only official line from the zoo on their website is "[The] Prehistoric Park will be closed until February 2010 to prepare for something BIG!!We apologize for any inconvenience."
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the morale of the story is don't announce guess work as fact... though to be fair the zoo could have given a few more hints then "BIG"... cause a new arctic centre would have been big.

not that i'm overly upset i'm wrong! cause this means not only is my childhood favourite still going to be around... but it'll have some new dinosaurs for me to check out!!!

5 comments:

Emile said...

Thank goodness about that. Some of my fondest memories involve a paperback Golden book illustrated with photos taken there. I wish I never lost the book and forgot its name...

Albertonykus said...

Thank goodness! That means I may have a chance to revisit it sometime!

Raptor Lewis said...

Thank God! *sigh* You had me worried there, Traum! Now, I get a chance to visit it myself someday! :) Thanks, man!

Dinorider d'Andoandor said...

O_O
OH!
O_O

Helicoptered dinosaurs! I suddenly remembered one scene from 2012 in which they do that with elephants and giraffes over the Himalayas

Kirstin said...

The zoo lost their budget for the arctic exhibit, so I guess new dinosaurs was the next cheapest alternative :)