A new permanent exhibit has opened at Dublin Zoo, combining dinosaurs and reptiles. Zoorassic World is housed in the refurbished reptile house.
It features 'Stan', a 12-metre-long skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex, who lived on Earth 65 million years ago - alongside other replica dinosaur skeletons and living reptiles in their brand-new habitat. It adds dinosaurs to the zoo's existing reptile family, with a new home for reptiles 'past and present'.
Director of Dublin Zoo Leo Oosterweghel says Stan is almost an exact replica "it weighs 10,000 kilos that equals two and a half elephants. It's got teeth the size of a banana that are curved with serated edges to cut through bone".
Zoorassic World opens in the zoo tomorrow, as a permanent addition. It’s housed in the refurbished reptile house, which was built in 1902.