The animals at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo have recently had a huge surprise when ‘evidence of a dinosaur invasion’ was discovered in their enclosures.
Yahoo! reports the visitors to the UK’s largest zoo this summer will be transported to Zoorassic Park, a prehistoric world, where they will be able to get up close and personal with huge dinosaurs, which move and roar.
The zookeepers have also said that the zoo’s regular residents have not missed out on the fun, as a dinosaur nest, complete with replica dinosaur eggs, was built on the spider monkeys’ island home, which the ever-curious primates have been investigating.
In the penguin enclosure, keepers dug a huge T-rex footprint next to the pool for the Northern rockhoppers to waddle around in.
Primates Team leader, Hayley Jakeman said: “Providing our animals, especially curious, playful creatures like monkeys, with plenty of new things to explore and investigate is a really important part of our job.
“Our troop of squirrel monkeys were fascinated by the dinosaur nest they discovered on their island, and they seemed to have a lot of fun pushing the eggs around and trying to carry them off for private investigation.”
ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is best known for its prehistoric-looking beasts, such as the two herds of rhinoceroses, as well as being home to over 10,000 amazing animals, which include Amur tigers, the curious spider monkeys, and otters.
Proudly helping to protect threatened species, Whipsnade has contributed to reintroductions of extinct-in-the-wild species, such as the Przewalski horse and the Scimitar Horned Oryx, and through their entry fee, every visitor is contributing to ZSL’s worldwide conservation work for animals and their habitats.
Tickets for Zoorassic Park, which opened on 24 July, can be booked now at www.zsl.org.
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