A walk down pre-historic lane - The New Indian Express

A walk down pre-historic lane

Published: 28th August 2013 08:43 AM

Last Updated: 28th August 2013 12:54 PM

For the first time in the country, a unique Jurassic Park is going to come up near Lotus Pond at Jubilee Hills in the city.

Over a dozen extinct animals that existed some 150 million years ago will be brought to life in the form of life-size dinosaur models. To show a simulated environment of animals in their natural habitat they will be placed among native vegetation or water. For those interested in learning more about the history of dinosaurs, this park will be of immense benefit.

The Jurassic Park (prehistoric animal sculptures) will feature over a dozen life-size dinosaur models like Tyrannosaurus Rex (T-Rex), Triceratops, Stegosaurus, Barosaurus, Espinosaurio to name a few. These models will range in sizes from the 28 metres long  Barosaurus to the two metres long Archaeopteryx.

The dinosaur models or sculptures will be made from a base of carved polystyrene foam and covered with fiberglass.

Plants like Cycads (60 species) and Ferns(20 species)from some 80 species which have survived since the age of the dinosaurs period and which still exist will also be planted in the park which are conducive to the city’s climate. 

Speaking to Express, GHMC Additional Commissioner (Urban Biodiversity wing) N Chandramohan Reddy said that the unique Jurassic park will come up in a two acre open space near Lotus Pond in Jubilee Hills.

The park would be developed at a cost of Rs 55 lakh and the tenders would be invited shortly. According to him, the park would be ready and thrown open to public from March 2014.

Of the Rs 55 lakh being spent to built the park, Rs 20 lakh would be spent for life-size models, Rs 25 lakh for planting Cycad and Ferns and the remaining Rs 10 lakh will be devoted towards building an information centre.  The information centre will provide a range of information to the visitors who are eager to know more about the life history of dinosaurs, how they lived, how they survived and the reasons for their extinction.

Chandramohan Reddy said the proposed Jurassic park will be a delight to dinosaur fans and inspire a new interest in pre-historic things for younger people. According to him, the park will be an educational and fun place, where everyone can learn more about the majestic animals that ruled the earth for over 150 million years.

Another unique feature of this park is its unique outdoor setting. While most museums have dinosaur skeletons, the park here will have realistic life-size dinosaur models and colour variations to give a better understanding as to how they looked when alive. 

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