Story by Marisa Kezirian Photo by Ken Bohn, San Diego Zoo
May 31, 2009 2009 (Escondido)--For a limited time this summer, the San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park offers its exceptional exhibit, Dino Mountain. The mechanical robotic dinosaurs come to life and give viewers a true life experience of being up close and personal with some of the most amazing creatures of all time.
Twenty-four different dinosaurs including Tyrannosaurus Rex and Stegosaurus, take over the Park’s Conifer Forest, home to the second largest collection of conifer species in the United States. The creatures make movements, look different directions, and roar, as you feel like the dinosaurs have come to life and are responding to your actions.
One special dinosaur, Dilophosaurus, actually spits water out of his mouth, and if you are not careful you might end up in his line of fire! A magical display for children and adults of all ages, the dinosaurs will leave you mesmerized by their authenticity. From their texture to the noises they make, the dinosaurs will take you back in time and leave you longing for more. Dino Mountain is the most up close and personal guests can get to experiencing the creatures that roamed the earth long ago.
Dino Mountain is open from 9 a.m. to dusk through Sept. 7, 2009. The price is $3 for Zoo members; $4 for nonmembers; and included with Best Value Admission ($38 adult, $29 children ages 3-11, free for those under 3). Best Value Admission also includes the Journey Into Africa tour and all-day Conservation Carousel rides. San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park is located in the San Pasqual Valley, east of Escondido. For more information, visit http://www.sandiegozoo.org/wap/index.html
Marisa Kezirian is a student at San Diego State University and an intern with East County Magazine.