Stephanie Jennings
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T-Rex at the Heard T-Rex at the Heard

The ninth annual Dinosaurs Live! Life-Size Animatronic Dinosaurs exhibit is now open at Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary. This exhibit will be open through February 21, 2016. Visitors will be able to let their imagination run wild as they travel back in time along a half-mile nature trail with nine life-size animatronic dinosaurs.

These animatronic dinosaurs move and roar, providing an experience sure to captivate visitors who will be able to also learn interesting facts about both herbivorous and carnivorous dinosaurs. Each dinosaur is fitted with its own electronic brain to activate and control the movements and to produce the sounds. The realistic movements on our dinosaurs are powered by a pneumatic system that enables smoother and finer movements than what you would typically see with electrical systems.

The exhibit features the infamous Tyrannosaurus Rex, a frequent favorite among past guests. Other dinosaur replicas on exhibit include a spitting Dilophosaurus, a Carnotaurus, a Torosaurus, an Acrocanthosaurus, an Edmonotia, a Stegosaurus, a Styracosaurus, and a Pachycephalosaurus. Children will also have the opportunity to play on a photo-op T-Rex.

The Dinosaurs Live! exhibit trail is jogging stroller friendly (umbrella strollers not recommended), giving families and friends a unique, exciting and educational activity to experience together. This annual exhibit also provides an ideal family outing on weekends and during the holidays.

Dinosaurs Live! is sponsored by NBC5 and ClifKid and powered by GDF Suez. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary is a private 501(c)3 organization. The Heard was founded in 1967 by Bessie Heard, who was 80 years old when she saw the need to preserve a place where future generations could experience nature. Today, the Heard’s mission of bringing nature and people together is carried out through education, particularly of young people, which emphasizes an appreciation of nature and its conservation.

Marketing & Communications Director at Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary in McKinney, Texas. - Contact Stephanie at  
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