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Topeka Zoo’s dinosaur exhibit characteristics everyday living-size, robotic dinosaurs

The roar of dinosaurs greets those coming via the entrance at the Topeka Zoo.

Lifestyle-sized, robotic versions of a Triceratops and a Tyrannosaurus rex, teeth bared, can be observed standing off to the left facing each other, their heads and tails going.

To the ideal stand replicas of a Dimetrodon and Edaphosaurus.

The reproductions are all aspect of “Dinosaurs Alive!” an exhibit that kicks off Friday showcasing 20 full-sized robotic dinosaurs standing through the zoo.

“Journey back in time!” the zoo in Gage Park says on its site endorsing the attraction, which will remain open via June 30.

It is part of “Topeka Dino Times,” a series of dinosaur-themed attractions arranged by Visit Topeka Inc., which are anticipated to draw tens of thousands of website visitors to Topeka.

Opening ceremonies for Dinosaurs Alive! experienced been set to just take put Thursday early morning, but a snowstorm has forced it to be rescheduled to start off at 8:30 a.m. Friday at the zoo’s Kay McFarland Japanese Yard.

Man powering display was adviser for ‘Jurassic Park’

"Dino Don" Lessem, founder and CEO of the company that created the robotic dinosaurs behind him, sticks a fossilized fang in his mouth Wednesday as he poses at the Topeka Zoo after talking about its "Dinosaurs Alive!" exhibit featuring those dinosaurs.

The dinosaurs are computerized and scientifically correct, and had been hand-carved out of foam, reported “Dino Don” Lessem, CEO and founder of the animatronics company that tends to make and provides them.

Lessem’s experiences include having directed the excavation and reconstruction of dinosaur bones, composed quite a few guides about dinosaurs and served as an adviser for the generation of Disney’s Animal Kingdom topic park and the filming of the 1993 movie “Jurassic Park.”