The newest attractions at Birdland, definitely ruffled a few feathers as they began arriving this week ready for the opening on 23 May 2015.
Keepers at the park were on hand to welcome herds of life-size dinosaurs which last roamed the Cotswolds more than 65 million years ago.
Among the arrivals were a Brachiosaurus, Spinosaurus, Postosuchus, Velociraptor and a group of Dilophosaurus alongside a skeletal Sabre Tooth tiger.
The giant reptiles will form part of Birdland’s new ‘Jurassic Journey’, opening for May Half Term, which takes visitors on a fascinating expedition back through time to an era when dinosaurs roamed the earth.
Birdland Manager, Simon Blackwell said: “We’re delighted to get the first of the dinosaurs delivered and are looking forward to introducing them to their new home.
“The figures are large, unusually-shaped and tricky to unload so we’re especially pleased they have all arrived safe and well.
“We’re expecting many more dinosaurs to be arriving over the next few days so don’t be surprised if you spot them making their way here,” he added.
Other new species set to arrive in the coming days include spectacular flying Pteranodon, Velociraptors, Allosaurus, and the mighty Tyrannosaurus Rex.
Armed with special dinosaur tracker kits, visitors will be able to venture in to a Jurassic-themed landscape which is home to more than 30 different dinosaurs ranging from a metre-long baby stegosaurus to giant triceratops which grew to more than seven metres in length.
Visitors will also be able to spot giant dinosaur eggs along with complete dinosaur skeletons.
As well as providing an exciting new attraction for visitors, the ‘Jurassic Journey’ trail is also a reminder that today’s bird species are directly descended from dinosaurs.
A selection of living birds are included in the trail and, as if to welcome their distant ancestors, a group of ratites has just begun laying eggs.
Jurassic Journey – Opens 23 May 2015.