"The zoo is all about saving wildlife and conservation," General
Curator Mike Dee said. "An exhibit featuring dinosaurs is a reminder
to us all that animals can go extinct, and we need to help save
animals before that happens."
Children and parents gathered Friday afternoon to watch the
24-foot Tyrannosaurus rex growl and swing his head and tail. In
addition, Maiasaura, with a name that means "good mother," looked
over her eggs as they hatched. And a full-sized pteranodon flew
The dinosaurs -- made out of rubber and enhanced by black lights
-- might have looked real, but they weren't fooling 5-year-old Joshua
"This is cool, but everyone knows that dinosaurs don't live
anymore," said Joshua, a Yorba Linda resident who begged and pleaded
for his parents to take him to the exhibit.
The exhibit also includes a dinosaur puppet show called "Harry and
the Tyrannosaurus rex," Cretaceous Crafts for children, dinosaur
storytelling and the Dinosaur Evolution Maze.
But 5-year-old Sarah Guadagno's main interest was the motorized
"I like them because they're big and they make lots of noise,"
said Sarah, a Northridge resident.