Animatronic dinosaurs coming to NC Zoo

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Animatronic dinosaurs at NC Zoo

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ASHEBORO, N.C. -- The North Carolina Zoo is just a few weeks away from being home to 16 lifelike, animatronic dinosaurs.

A Texas company is currently installing the dinosaurs for the exhibit opening March 31. It's the Zoo's latest effort to attract visitors while the polar bear exhibit gets redone.

"We pretty much specialize in living, breathing animals, but this is one exception and one we think visitors will be totally delighted in seeing," said Rod Hackney with the NC Zoo.

"All the dinosaurs will be animatronic, so we have a lot of body movement--mouths opening, lots of roars and growls and stuff," said Robby Gilbert with Texas-based Billings Productions. "You get within a certain distance, and they get very big and real very fast."

The Zoo will charge an additional $4 for visitors to see the beasts.

"The dinosaurs are very realistic--almost too realistic--and they take people back to those prehistoric times when dinosaurs ruled the earth and we humans weren't even around," Hackney said.

Visitors will be allowed to walk the exhibit at their own pace. The exhibit will be up through the end of October.

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