“A lot of the landscapes were hand carved by our construction team at the Calgary Zoo and they were made out of fiberglass. It took a while to create. It’s what looked the most realistic. We hit on a time frame when kids were enthusiastic about dinosaurs. It made sense to link it to live animals. Back when we first opened, we had interpreters. Now there are more hands-on activities. We have more people talking about fossils, and extinction, the linkage between animals today, and prehistoric times,” explains Exton-Parder.
Also, there are hands-on interactivities and an App where kids can learn all about dinosaurs. “Over the years, we added the animatronics to make them move. It’s not the most popular exhibit in the zoo because they are not live but kids always want to go to the Prehistoric Park,” adds Exton-Parder.
The Prehistoric Park was refreshed last year as they redesigned it with more interactive stations, repainted the dinosaurs, and made it more educational for visitors. Great support and feedback were given. “People were excited and engaged in the revitalization of the Park especially with the refreshed appearance, new information, and interactivity that was added,” shares Exton-Parder.