Dinosaurs 'Kidnapped'! Detroit Zoo Forced to Postpone Dinosauria III Exhibit

Apr 26, 2001, 01:00 ET from Detroit Zoological Institute

    ROYAL OAK, Mich., April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Dinosauria III, an exhibit
 featuring almost two dozen animatronic, incredibly lifelike dinosaurs has been
 postponed indefinitely due to the inability of the contract exhibitor to
 provide the dinosaurs.  Many of the robotic dinosaurs were diverted yesterday
 by parties involved in an insolvency proceeding involving the contract
 exhibitor, Dinamation International Corporation.
     Dinamation International, based in Irvine, California was to transfer
 their assets to a foreign company which was attempting to fulfill the
 obligations of Dinamation International to the Detroit Zoo.  Since the
 transfer of assets, the Detroit Zoo has only received seven of the 23
 dinosaurs.  The Zoo is hopeful that the remaining dinosaurs will be delivered
 in the near future pending resolutions of disputes among parties that do not
 include the Detroit Zoo.
     Starting May 5, the Zoo will extend FREE previews of the seven dinosaurs
 at the exhibit until the remaining dinosaurs arrive.  The exhibit, which was
 to run May 5 - September 3, 2001, will launch the amazing new DinoSimulator on
 schedule.  The robotic dinosaurs currently on site include the mighty T-Rex, a
 baby T-rex, a Parasaurolophus, a Pachycephalosaurus, an Apatosaurus, a
 Utahraptor, and a Velociraptor.  Look for updates as more dinosaurs may arrive
 prior to opening day.
     Director of the Detroit Zoological Institute Ron Kagan states, "We are
 very disappointed with this news and we are doing everything legally possible
 to be able to exhibit the dinosaurs we were promised.  Meanwhile, we will
 offer our visitors a free glimpse of a few of those incredible giants."
     The DinoSimulator is the only motion-based simulator in any zoo in the
 country.  It is designed to be one of the most realistic and scientifically
 accurate simulation experiences yet produced.  A natural wonderland for
 audiences of young and old alike, the Detroit Zoo hopes to entertain and
 educate visitors through this exciting simulation.  The experience features a
 14-minute unique production that is revealed in three parts.
     Part One is the Welcome Centre.  Here video monitors take visitors to the
 fictional Centre for Advanced Paleontological Research, an institute formed in
 1990 after the discovery of an extraordinary megatracksite.  For the first
 time, dinosaur tracks and body fossils were discovered together, opening up
 amazing new research possibilities.
     Part Two is the Story Theatre where a multi-screen video presentation in
 the Dino building introduces the audience to the principal characters at the
 Centre for Advanced Paleontological Research and the research.  Jackie Bird, a
 resident "dinosaur tracker," invites the audience to experience the Centre's
 latest simulation for themselves.
     Finally, Part Three is the Adventure Theatre, in which the audience boards
 the 30 seat enclosed cabin DinoSimulator.  In this thrilling five-minute
 experience, guests go on a virtual trip back in time to see, hear and feel
 what it was like to be a dinosaur!  There is no shortage of excitement as a
 family of Titanosaurs faces off with a group of agile Deinonychus predators.
     Both the Story Theatre and the Adventure Theatre feature six-track digital
 surround sound.  The Adventure Theatre film is presented in stunning 70 mm
 film (video clips available upon request in both beta and VHS formats).
     Dinosauria III tickets were priced at $4 but for now will be free.
 DinoSimulator tickets can be purchased at the site for $3 for all ages and are
 on a first come first serve basis (does not include cost of Zoo admission).
 The DinoSimulator will run during normal Zoo hours starting May 5.  Visitors
 must be at least 3 feet tall and five years old to experience the
 DinoSimulator.
     The Detroit Zoological Institute, founded in 1928, is committed to
 celebrating and saving wildlife.  Situated on 125 acres of naturalistic
 exhibits, the Detroit Zoo is open year round with several indoor viewing
 areas.  The Zoo is located at the intersection of Ten Mile Road and Woodward
 Avenue, just off I-696 in Royal Oak.  Admission is $7.50 for adults; $5.50 for
 senior citizens 62 and older and students; $5.50 for children ages 2 to 12;
 and children under 2 are free.  Fees subject to change, for more information,
 call 248-398-0900 or visit the web site at www.detroitzoo.org .
 
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    ROYAL OAK, Mich., April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Dinosauria III, an exhibit
 featuring almost two dozen animatronic, incredibly lifelike dinosaurs has been
 postponed indefinitely due to the inability of the contract exhibitor to
 provide the dinosaurs.  Many of the robotic dinosaurs were diverted yesterday
 by parties involved in an insolvency proceeding involving the contract
 exhibitor, Dinamation International Corporation.
     Dinamation International, based in Irvine, California was to transfer
 their assets to a foreign company which was attempting to fulfill the
 obligations of Dinamation International to the Detroit Zoo.  Since the
 transfer of assets, the Detroit Zoo has only received seven of the 23
 dinosaurs.  The Zoo is hopeful that the remaining dinosaurs will be delivered
 in the near future pending resolutions of disputes among parties that do not
 include the Detroit Zoo.
     Starting May 5, the Zoo will extend FREE previews of the seven dinosaurs
 at the exhibit until the remaining dinosaurs arrive.  The exhibit, which was
 to run May 5 - September 3, 2001, will launch the amazing new DinoSimulator on
 schedule.  The robotic dinosaurs currently on site include the mighty T-Rex, a
 baby T-rex, a Parasaurolophus, a Pachycephalosaurus, an Apatosaurus, a
 Utahraptor, and a Velociraptor.  Look for updates as more dinosaurs may arrive
 prior to opening day.
     Director of the Detroit Zoological Institute Ron Kagan states, "We are
 very disappointed with this news and we are doing everything legally possible
 to be able to exhibit the dinosaurs we were promised.  Meanwhile, we will
 offer our visitors a free glimpse of a few of those incredible giants."
     The DinoSimulator is the only motion-based simulator in any zoo in the
 country.  It is designed to be one of the most realistic and scientifically
 accurate simulation experiences yet produced.  A natural wonderland for
 audiences of young and old alike, the Detroit Zoo hopes to entertain and
 educate visitors through this exciting simulation.  The experience features a
 14-minute unique production that is revealed in three parts.
     Part One is the Welcome Centre.  Here video monitors take visitors to the
 fictional Centre for Advanced Paleontological Research, an institute formed in
 1990 after the discovery of an extraordinary megatracksite.  For the first
 time, dinosaur tracks and body fossils were discovered together, opening up
 amazing new research possibilities.
     Part Two is the Story Theatre where a multi-screen video presentation in
 the Dino building introduces the audience to the principal characters at the
 Centre for Advanced Paleontological Research and the research.  Jackie Bird, a
 resident "dinosaur tracker," invites the audience to experience the Centre's
 latest simulation for themselves.
     Finally, Part Three is the Adventure Theatre, in which the audience boards
 the 30 seat enclosed cabin DinoSimulator.  In this thrilling five-minute
 experience, guests go on a virtual trip back in time to see, hear and feel
 what it was like to be a dinosaur!  There is no shortage of excitement as a
 family of Titanosaurs faces off with a group of agile Deinonychus predators.
     Both the Story Theatre and the Adventure Theatre feature six-track digital
 surround sound.  The Adventure Theatre film is presented in stunning 70 mm
 film (video clips available upon request in both beta and VHS formats).
     Dinosauria III tickets were priced at $4 but for now will be free.
 DinoSimulator tickets can be purchased at the site for $3 for all ages and are
 on a first come first serve basis (does not include cost of Zoo admission).
 The DinoSimulator will run during normal Zoo hours starting May 5.  Visitors
 must be at least 3 feet tall and five years old to experience the
 DinoSimulator.
     The Detroit Zoological Institute, founded in 1928, is committed to
 celebrating and saving wildlife.  Situated on 125 acres of naturalistic
 exhibits, the Detroit Zoo is open year round with several indoor viewing
 areas.  The Zoo is located at the intersection of Ten Mile Road and Woodward
 Avenue, just off I-696 in Royal Oak.  Admission is $7.50 for adults; $5.50 for
 senior citizens 62 and older and students; $5.50 for children ages 2 to 12;
 and children under 2 are free.  Fees subject to change, for more information,
 call 248-398-0900 or visit the web site at www.detroitzoo.org .
 
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